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Latest News

Month: March

WHS Rehabilitation Management Systems

Posted on March 31, 2016

In 2015, the Building Code (Fitness for Work/Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace) Amendment Instrument 2015 amended the Building Code 2013 to require a building contractor or building industry participant’s WHS & R management system to show the way in which drug and alcohol issues in the workplace will be managed to ensure that no person performing building work on site does so under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

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A Modern Award Conference dealing with the Building and Construction Industry, including the Plumbing and Fire Sprinkler Award was conducted on Wednesday 30th March 2016, by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

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In September 2015 we published a News Article advising of proposed changes by the Federal Government to the Building Code 2013 with respect to Drug and Alcohol testing. The proposed changes were to commence from 16th October 2015.

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FPA Australia is reminding all Australians to change their smoke alarm batteries this Sunday April 3, in line with the end of daylight saving.

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Standards Australia recently completed the development of AS 5113, Fire propagation testing and classification of external walls of buildings.

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We are pleased to announce that, during the regulatory session on day one of our Maintenance Requirements in Victoria Seminar next week, Jarrod Edwards, Director, Technical & Regulation at Victorian Building Authority (VBA) will present possible amendments to the Victorian Regulations for consideration that would facilitate the voluntary adoption of AS 1851-2012.

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Following an extensive investigation, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has referred the relevant building surveyor (RBS), involved in the building of the Lacrosse Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands for disciplinary action by the Building Practitioners Board (BPB).

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Unemployment down in February

Posted on March 21, 2016

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force figures (January, 2016), show that estimated seasonally adjusted Unemployment rate decreased 0.2% to 5.8%.

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Don't forget to register for an informative seminar on the fire protection maintenance requirements in Victoria, to be held over two days next Wednesday and Thursday the 30th and 31st of March at the Holmesglen Conference Centre in Melbourne.

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The downward trend in industrial disputation continues as seen inIndustrial Disputation data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday 10th March 2016, albeit with fluctuations in more recent times (and at relatively lower rates)

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