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Latest News

SafeWork NSW has released a new safety alert on the fire hazards of containment netting, following a fire at a construction site in Sydney on 31 May when containment netting attached to scaffolding ignited.

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A new issues paper into the matter of security of payment laws provides an appropriate introduction into the final report concerning the review of these laws in Australia released on 21 May 2018.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest release of industrial disputation data shows a significant decrease across a number of indicators in industrial disputation in the last quarter.

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Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) wishes to congratulate the 29 recipients of the Australian Fire Service Medal, listed below, who were presented with the award as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List.

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Minimum wage increases by 3.5%

Posted on June 04, 2018

On Friday 1 June 2018, the Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued its Annual Wage Review decision (2017-18) by increasing the Modern Award minimum wage rate by 3.5% and to apply from the first pay period to commence on or after 1 July 2018. This increase follows the 3.3% increase in 2017.

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The importance of record keeping

Posted on May 23, 2018

A recent decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia demonstrates the importance and subsequent costs to all parties where employee records are not kept and/or maintained, and where respective legal obligations and compliances are not met.

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The latest employment level data from the ABS show another record high of 65.7%, a continuation of the figure from the previous quarter).

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Vale David Michel

Posted on May 18, 2018

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) wishes to offer our sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of David Michel, who recently passed away.

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Another slight WPI increase

Posted on May 18, 2018

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) release of wage price index (WPI) data for the March quarter 2018 shows that both trend and seasonally adjusted WPI again increased. These increases were by the same amount (but by a slightly lower margin than in the previous quarter) on both a quarterly basis (0.5%) and by the same increase on an annual basis (2.1%).

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Another decision involving a small business identifies the importance of applying procedural fairness. In this case, the employee was a short-term employee but at the same time was entitled to procedural fairness which was denied him. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) found that the dismissal was harsh.

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