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OHS & WHS: QLD introduces new labour hire laws

OHS & WHS: QLD introduces new labour hire laws

Queensland has announced it will establish a mandatory labour hire-licensing scheme beginning in April to protect labour hire workers and safeguard labour hire providers that operate in an ethical and responsible manner. According to Safe Work QLD under the scheme, all labour hire providers operating in the state will need to be licensed and must comply with the following: passing a fit-and-proper person test complying with workplace laws, including workers’ compensation, wages and superannuation paying a licence fee reporting regularly on their operations. The scheme, says SafeWork QLD will be backed by stiff penalties and some offenders will be liable...

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OHS & WHS: COSBOA calls on government to reject union moves on casual workers

OHS & WHS: COSBOA calls on government to reject union moves on casual workers

The Council of Small Business of Australia has said the call by the ACTU to restrict casual work and force employers to make people permanent if requested by the employee is ridiculous and they would expect the government and opposition to reject this job-killing notion. COSBOA CEO Peter Strong said: “Some in the union movement seems to be making things up to justify its relevance and this shows they have no understanding of the modern world. The real facts are that the level of casual employment is no different from decades ago and most casual workers want to be casual...

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OHS & WHS: VET courses under the spotlight

OHS & WHS: VET courses under the spotlight

The Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA) has released a report on issues relating to unduly short training for VET qualifications with the review listing the Certificate IV of Work Health and Safety and the Diploma of Work Health and Safety as ‘qualifications of concern’. According to the report, a key issue in the review was information provided by RTOs was often limited, lacked clarity and was confusing, making informed choices by potential learners and industry more challenging. In December, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews announced public consultations with VET stakeholders on the implementation of these recommendations....

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OHS & WHS: Audit Reveals Most Australian Schools Contain Asbestos

OHS & WHS:  Audit Reveals Most Australian Schools Contain Asbestos

For millions of Australian parents, the biggest concern when sending their children off to school is what to pack in their lunchbox. This is hardly surprising, given their perception that schools are a safe place for children. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Many children are at risk of exposure to asbestos in aging school buildings. A recent audit of Australian schools revealed most contain some form of asbestos. In the southeastern state of Victoria alone, only 39 of the 1,440 state schools audited — or 3% — passed the test. Hundreds of schools in New South Wales contain...

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OHS & WHS: new WorkSafe WA Commissioner announced

OHS & WHS: new WorkSafe WA Commissioner announced

The West Australian government has announced the appointment of a new WorkSafe WA Commissioner. In a statement the government said Ian Munns has commenced in the position after previous Commissioner Lex McCulloch retired from public service at the end of 2017.  Munns also holds the title of associate deputy director general, Safety Regulation and moves into the role from his previous role as associate executive director, Building Commission. Munns has held several positions in the WorkSafe Division of the former Department of Commerce and the current Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, including director of Policy and Education and...

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