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Commercial drone registration becomes mandatory

22/01/2021

There is less than a week before employers in the Building and Construction Industry risk fines for flying unregistered drones or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in Australia.

From 28 January 2021, any RPA flown for work or on behalf of an employer must be registered with the Civil Aviation Safety...

HomeBuilder the star of economic recovery driving $50 billion boost to activity

20/01/2021

The overwhelming success of the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder scheme in driving economic recovery is confirmed by new data released today. 

“It’s even more proof that a stronger building industry means a stronger economy,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said. 

“HomeBuilder has been the star in the Government’s economic...

Mitigation checklist for holiday shutdown period

21/12/2020

During the Christmas holiday shutdown period, under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017, a person with management or control of a workplace has an obligation to secure the workplace. This is outlined in “Part 6.3 Duties of Person Conducting Business or Undertaking, clause 298 Security of Workplace”. Penalties apply for...

Review of the Home Building Compensation Scheme

15/12/2020

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal NSW (IPART) has released its key recommendations in its review of the home building compensation scheme. The intent of these recommendations is to improve the scheme. 

The recommendations aim to:

  • Reduce the average value of claims 
  • Make it easier for new entrants to compete with the...

Dominic Perrottet blasts CFMEU over three-day weekend deal

14/12/2020

Dominic Perrottet blasts CFMEU over three-day weekend deal, Daily Telegraph, 14/12/2021

Reports that the NSW Treasurer has intervened in the NSW war of attrition over the CFMMEU EBA which imposes a three-day weekend every fortnight. 

The NSW Treasurer points to the hit to productivity that would result from the...

Time is running out for your apprentice wage subsidy

14/12/2020

Recently announced as part of the Australian Governments' Economic Recovery Plan, was a $1.2 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy. 

Businesses or a group training organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice on or after 5 October 2020 may be eligible for a subsidy. This includes up to 50% of wages...

Safework targets scrappy sites and dirty dunnies

14/12/2020

SafeWork Inspectors are visiting construction sites in Wollongong, targeting high-risk harms and the hygiene of site amenities including lunchrooms and toilets.

Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, said as part of a regional crackdown on the construction industry, SafeWork Inspectors will be focussing on hygiene, height safety, moving plant operations,...

Member Concessions Update

14/12/2020
More member concessions available. Continue to save BIG $$$! Cover your business AND yourself with Master Builders Insurance Brokers (MBIB). From Home Warranty to General Insurance, MBIB has special offers for members until the end of January 2021. Don’t miss out on this opportunity and your chance to save your...

Proposed changes to Fair Work laws

14/12/2020

The Government has recently introduced to Parliament the Industrial Relations Omnibus Bill.  The Bill proposes a series of changes to the Fair Work Act and related laws. Some of the proposed changes include a new definition of casual employment and a new criminal offence for underpayments.

Other proposed changes:

  • a new...