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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...

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,...

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...

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...

Have your say on building design regulations

14/12/2020

HAVE YOUR SAY HERE

The Design and Building Practitioners Act has been in effect since 1st July this year. To support this the Draft “Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020” is now out for comment 

The reforms will apply to all Class 2 dwellings. For the first time...

Dust strategy

11/12/2020

The NSW Dust Strategy 2020-2022 aims to prevent occupational diseases by providing NSW workers and businesses with a coordinated approach for the safe handling of hazardous dust including asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts.

Injuries and fatalities due to exposure to asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts are preventable.

Applying...

Restart your business in 2021

09/12/2020

Well, what an extraordinary year it has been! It will be forever known as the year that has changed the way we live, work, and learn. It is fair to say that we are all looking forward to leaving 2020 behind and starting afresh in 2021.

If you could describe...

JobMaker hiring credit reporting obligations instrument 2020

07/12/2020

This instrument sets out the information that employers who seek to participate in the JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme must provide to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). It is necessary to obtain certain information from those employers to ensure that they are eligible to participate in the scheme, and to enable...