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Aussie Painters Network and Tweed Heads Seagulls in Partnership

12th December 2013

The Tweed Heads Seagulls RLFC is delighted to announce Aussie Painters Network as their new naming rights sponsor for the 2014 season.

Chief Executive Officer Shaun McRae said: “There are exciting times ahead for the Seagulls club and our partnership with Aussie Painters Network continues to reflect the high profile brand that has been in existence since 1908. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome on board Aussie Painters Network, and look forward to a fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership.”

Aussie Painters Network and Tweed Heads Seagulls have a lot in common. Both are striving to advance their business practices and maintain a high degree of professionalism.

Whilst the Tweed Heads Seagulls players are performing extraordinary feats of athleticism on the field, Aussie Painters Network continue to push the limits to improve the painting industry and provide ideas to assist painters maximise their businesses.

The team at Aussie Painters Network are really looking forward to supporting the Seagulls in their pursuit of excellence on the field and will feature the team’s news and results as a regular item in the Aussie Painting Contractor Magazine each month.

Source Qld Rugby League


Fair Work Commission

22 August 2013

Summary of significant decision published—Transitional Review of Modern Awards—Apprentices, trainees and juniors: common claims

A Full Bench today issued a decision regarding 'common claims' in a review of modern award provisions relating to apprentices.

The Full Bench determined that a range of variations to modern awards should be made to take into account the significant changes which have occurred in relation to apprenticeships in Australia.

The main changes to modern awards will include:

  • rates for apprentices will be increased
  • adult apprentice rates will be introduced into a number of awards which do not currently contain them
  • minimum award rates for adult apprentices will be increased.

A summary of the decision is available on the Commission's decision summaries page.

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Building Code 2013

The Hon Bill Shorten MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Australia’s building and construction industry will benefit from greater certainty under a Code for Commonwealth funded building and construction work released today.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten today announced the Building Code 2013 would take effect on 1 February 2013.

The Building Code 2013 codifies the current Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry.

Mr Shorten said the Building Code 2013 would cut red tape by allowing building contractors and industry participants to more easily demonstrate compliance with a range of requirements relevant to building work, including the Fair Work Act 2009, Work Health and Safety laws, Migration Act 1958, Independent Contractors Act 2006, Privacy Act 1988 and the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

The Code, issued under the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012, signifies the government’s firm commitment to ensuring all participants in the building and construction industry have a clear set of consistent standards.

“The building and construction industry is a key factor in the success of the Australian economy and the Government is committed to strengthening the sector to help support jobs, growth and productivity,” Mr Shorten said.

Briefing for industry participants on the Building Code 2013 will be provided by the Department.

Supporting guidance material for Commonwealth Funding Entities will also be issued to assist them to ensure Commonwealth funded work is only undertaken by building contractors and participants that comply with the Code.

The Building Code 2013 and the Supporting Guidelines for Commonwealth Funding Entities are available at www.deewr.gov.au/BuildingCode

Media Contact: media@deewr.gov.au

Non-media queries: 1300 363 079


New $1000 bonus for businesses that hire mature-aged workers

The Hon Kate Ellis MP      Minister for Employment Participation     Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

Monday 14 January 2013

Businesses that hire a mature-aged worker can now receive a new $1000 bonus from the Australian Government as part of a package of initiatives to increase mature-age participation in the workforce.

Minister for Employment and Participation, Kate Ellis today launched the new $1000 Experience+ Jobs Bonus as part of the Government’s $55.3 million investment to help mature-age workers find and keep work, and to address negative attitudes towards mature-age people.

“There are over 3.8 million mature-age Australians and many want to work, yet every week I hear stories from many mature-age jobseekers about their frustration in searching for work," Ms Ellis said.

“We have a wealth of experience and so many talented and dedicated people being overlooked.

“Mature-aged workers can save their employers $2000 a year on average compared to their younger counterparts - they are more reliable, loyal, and provide a better return on investment.

“Despite this, we know that mature-aged workers are out of work twice as long as their younger counterparts with the average duration of unemployment for people 55 and over standing at 70 weeks.

“We are determined to do anything we can to get more mature-aged Australians into work and so I am pleased to introduce this new program of incentives designed to get businesses to put on mature-aged staff.

“Mature-age Australians represent a huge boost to our economy, they are loyal workers and they are hard workers but they are too often are faced with unnecessary barriers when looking for work.

“We have put in place a program of new incentives to break down those barriers and encourage businesses to see mature-age workers as valuable additions to their workforce.

“2500 Jobs Bonuses of $1000 each are now available each financial year until 2016, and any business can apply no matter how big or small.

“We want to make it as easy as possible to encourage businesses to take on mature-aged workers and they can apply for the $1000 Experience+ Jobs Bonus program online in just a few simple steps."

Ms Ellis said the Australian Government is doing more than ever before to harness the skills and experience of mature workers, and the new $1000 Experience+ Jobs Bonus is just one part of our plan to boost
mature-age worker participation.

"We also appointed the first Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan AO and have provided increased funding," Ms Ellis said.

"We have also delivered more than 9900 free career advice sessions to mature-age job seekers to help them market their skills to employers through the $11.7 million Experience+ Career Advice service since July 2010."

Employers can now log onto www.deewr.gov.au/JobsBonus and apply for a Jobs Bonus in a few easy steps.

Employers are eligible if they provide ongoing employment opportunities to job seekers aged 50 years and over and who are registered to look for work with a Job Services Australia provider.

More information about the Experience+ Jobs Bonus and other mature-age initiatives is available at www.deewr.gov.au/experienceplus, or by calling the DEEWR Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260.

Media Contact: media@deewr.gov.au

Non-media queries: 1300 363 079


New Fair Work building and construction laws to commence

The Hon Bill Shorten MP      Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation

New laws for the building and construction industry and the new Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate will commence on 1 June 2012.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten said with the establishment of the new independent inspectorate, to be known as Fair Work Building and Construction, the Government had delivered its election commitment to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

“The building and construction industry remains a critical driver of our economy, with immediate and direct impact on jobs, growth and productivity.  We are committed to strengthening this sector and through this, supporting quality jobs and investment throughout Australia,” Mr Shorten said.

The commencement of Fair Work Building and Construction follows the introduction of new Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry on 1 May 2012.

The Minister also announced the appointment of an Acting Director of Fair Work Building and Construction.

“I am also pleased to announce that Mr Leigh Johns has been appointed as the Director of the new inspectorate, for a period of 12 months,” Mr Shorten said.

“Mr Johns is the current Australian Building and Construction Commissioner and immediately prior to his appointment at the ABCC was Chief Counsel at the Fair Work Ombudsman.

“Mr Johns’ appointment will provide the continuity and leadership required to establish the new Inspectorate during its commencement stage. I look forward to working with Mr Johns on this important initiative.”

Media Contact: media@deewr.gov.au

Non-media queries: 1300 363 079

For more information visit Fair Work Australia


Experience+

More Help for Mature Age Workers

Do you have employees with skills but no formal qualifications?

If you have mature age employees (50+) with trade experience but no formal qualifications, you may be able to have their skills assessed for their existing competencies and training for any gaps to help them get their skills formally recognised through More Help for Mature Age Workers. This new program provides up to $4400 (GST inclusive) per eligible worker for skills assessments and gap training (if needed), leading to a nationally recognised qualification.


What is Experience+?

With the ageing of the Australian population, we cannot afford to ignore the skills and experience of mature age workers.

More Help for Mature Age Workers is one of a suite of new programs available to help mature age people remain in employment and to share their skills with others. These programs are known collectively as Experience+.

More Help for Mature Age Workers

Over the next three years, 7500 workers aged 50 years and over with trade relevant skills but no formal qualifications will have the opportunity to have their skills assessed and formally recognised.

The More Help for Mature Age Workers initiative allows eligible employers to apply for:

•    reimbursement of costs associated with a skills assessment for a mature age worker capped at $2200 (including GST).  The skills assessment will provide mature age workers with either a nationally recognised qualification (at Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level; or an approved Training Package Skill Set for mature age workers with Certificate III or above qualifications) or a statement of attainment in recognition of prior learning.  This will allow them to identify gaps in their skills and enrol in training to meet the requirements of their trade.
 

•    reimbursement for a further $2200 (including GST)  for additional training (at Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level; or an approved Training Package Skill Set for mature age workers with Certificate III or above qualifications) as identified in the skills assessment.
 

Who can apply?

•    Applications are invited from all industries and all employers who employ a mature age worker aged 50 years and above under an Award or Certified Agreement.  Applications are encouraged from industries where there are a high proportion of trade occupations.

•    Small business owners operating in Australia who are themselves mature age workers.

Details about eligibility, including definitions, are available in the More Help for Mature Age Workers Guidelines.


How to apply 

Applications for 2011-12 open soon and close on 30 June 2012 or when available funding has been exhausted.  Applications will reopen each financial year until 30 June 2014. 
To register your interest and receive notification of the release of the program guidelines and application form availability please email your contact information to

experience@deewr.gov.au.

For more information and assistance, call 13 17 64 or visit

www.deewr.gov.au/experienceplus.


Government passes ABCC legislation

The Hon Bill Shorten MP      Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation

    Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation

The Gillard Government has delivered on its election commitments to abolish the ABCC.

Those election commitments have this evening been delivered with the passage of the Building and Construction Industry (Transition to Fair Work) Bill.

The legislation which passed the Senate tonight, follows the key recommendations of Hon Justice Murray Wilcox.

Under the legislation, the Australian Building and Construction Commission will be abolished. The ABCC will be replaced by a new body, the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate.

Penalties for breaches of industrial law will be brought into line with those in the Fair Work Act 2009.

Compulsory examination notice will be retained, however they will now be subject to a number of significant safeguards proposed by Justice Wilcox.  The powers will sunset after 3 years, but only after a comprehensive review.  In addition, the legislation creates an office, the Independent Assessor who may make a determination that the compulsory examination notice powers will not apply to a particular project.

The Government believes this legislation balances the requirements to ensure compliance with the law and the fair treatment of individuals in the building and construction industry.

The Gillard Government has always supported a strong building industry regulator and a strong set of compliance arrangements for the building industry.  The legislation passed tonight meets this commitment.

The Government has consistently stated that anyone who breaks a law should feel the full force of the law.  The Government will not tolerate an environment in which people choose which laws to obey and which ones to ignore.  This goes for all industry participants.

Media Contact: media@deewr.gov.au

Non-media queries: 1300 363 079

Revised Guidelines for the Construction Industry

The Hon Bill Shorten MP      Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation

Tendering for Australian Government funded building works will be simpler, easier and more efficient with the release of new Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten said the revised Guidelines, to be implemented from 1 May 2012, would help business to comply with Government tender requirements.

“The building and construction industry remains a critical sector of our economy, with immediate and direct impact on jobs, growth and productivity,” Mr Shorten said.

“We are committed to strengthening this sector and through this, supporting jobs and investment throughout Australia.

“In support of that aim, the Guidelines have been revised and simplified to reflect the obligations set out in the Government’s Fair Work Act 2009, other key legislation governing building and construction sector workplaces, the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines and the Fair Work Principles.

“Together, the Guidelines support the creation of quality jobs and the growth of the sector by ensuring Government procurement is consistent with these instruments and easier for business.

The Guidelines also clarify the responsibilities of employers in the sector, including in relation to sham contracting and the engagement of non citizens/non residents.

“Employers found to have engaged in the practice of sham contracting will be considered to have committed a fundamental breach of the guidelines.  Furthermore, employers must ensure that those engaged in the performance of construction work are lawfully entitled to work under Australian law.

“We strongly believe in the rule of law. We strongly support responsible behavior by employers, employees and their representatives.

“These guidelines will help more people improve their business processes and be competitive in securing Government funded contracts in the building and construction sector.”

The Government will consult with industry ahead of the 1 May 2012 commencement.  The revised guidelines are available at http://www.deewr.gov.au/building

Media Contact: media@deewr.gov.au

Non-media queries: 1300 363 079

 


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