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Some government agencies' initiatives to note: The Office of the Employment Advocate’s AWA template for small business has been amended to include instructions on how to use its online clause bank and to ‘clarify’ the distinction between ‘voluntary’ and ‘directed’ overtime.

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Some government agencies' initiatives to note:  The Office of the Employment Advocate’s AWA template for small business has been amended to include instructions on how to use its online clause bank and to ‘clarify’ the distinction between ‘voluntary’ and ‘directed’ overtime.    

It is now an offence to knowingly employ unregistered people to teach in the Northern Territory, following the setting up of the reacher’s Registration Board.   

The NSW Department of Commerce is running a series of free seminars on managing injured workers. 

The Office of the Employment Advocate is running a series of seminars on workplace flexibility through agreements.  

OEA offers new ‘improved’ AWA template 

The Office of the Employment Advocate’s AWA template for small business has been amended to include instructions on how to use its online clause bank and to ‘clarify’ the distinction between ‘voluntary’ and ‘directed’ overtime. 

It also has clearer definitions of employment categories, advice on how to lodge AWAs online and an integrated copy of the Information Statement for Employees which be provided to every worker on an AWA. 

The clause bank will allow employers to customise the template to suit their business.

The template has been denounced as unfair to workers, disrupting the balance between work and life, and creating new definitions of overtime by UnionsNSW Secretary John Robertson. 

The ‘clarified’ distinction on overtime in the new template simply states that any regularly rostered hours above the ordinary hours of work are to be considered directed overtime. 

What qualifies as ‘regularly’ and what criterion overtime falls into when it is worked, for example, after the end of directed overtime – voluntarily or not - remains unstated. 

Full-time employees also no longer work a 38 hour week which can be averaged over four weeks, they work 152 hours over a four week period. 

The template can be found at www.oea.gov.au

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Unregistered teachers now illegal in NT 

It is now an offence to knowingly employ unregistered people to teach in the Northern Territory, following the setting up of the reacher’s Registration Board. 

All of the Northern Territory’s more than 3000 teachers registered with the Board by February 1. 

To achieve registration each applicant was required to provide proof of their qualifications and university grades and undergo a police check. 

NT Education Minister Syd Stirling said the Board had been set up at the request of teachers and teachers’ unions to help regulate the profession. 

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Managing injured workers – free NSW seminars 

The NSW Department of Commerce is running a series of free seminars on managing injured workers. 

Participants will get practical assistance and advice for small and medium businesses on how to meet their industrial relations and workers compensation obligations and achieve the best outcome for employers and workers. 

They will learn:

  • the responsibilities of employers, workers, doctors and insurers and the importance of collaborative problem solving;
  • how to implement successful return to work strategies including ‘suitable duties’;
  • how to manage options when suitable employment cannot be provided.  

The seminars last two hours. For further information contact 9020 4611 or 9020 4612.  

For registration go to this IR website

Workshop dates and locations

Tues, 15 Mar 2005
5pm-7pm
Sydney (CBD)
Vibe Hotel
111 Goulburn Street

Wed, 27 Apr 2005
2pm-4pm
Gosford
Central Coast Leagues Club
Dane Drive

Tues, 24 May 2005
9am-11am
Parramatta
Department of State and Regional Development
Level 2, 470 Church Street

Tues, 21 Jun 2005
5pm-7pm
Newcastle
Capri Plaza Hotel
Cnr King & Steel Streets

Tues, 19 Jul 2005
5pm-7pm
Wollongong
Wollongong Ex-Serves Club
Cnr Church & Burelli Streets 

Tues, 23 Aug 2005
9am-11am
Liverpool
South Western Sydney Institute
Education and Training Centre
140 Bigge Street

Tues, 20 Sept 2005
9am-11am
Castle Hill
Castle Hill RSL Club
77 Castle Street

Tues, 18 Oct 2005
9am-11am
Penrith
Penrith RSL Club
8 Tindale Street

 

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Workplace flexibility seminars

The Office of the Employment Advocate (OEA) is running a series of seminars on workplace flexibility through agreements. 

The introductory seminar will assist employers to understand how to tailor employment conditions and achieve flexibility through workplace agreements.

Topics covered include:

  • Different types of workplace agreements for your business
  • Flexible options for leave, pay and other arrangements
  • Business case studies.

This seminar is presented in conjunction with the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. 

Location Details  

Sydney CBD Friday 25 February 2005, 8.45-11am
Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St, Sydney

Parramatta Tuesday 19 April 2005, 8.45-11am
Pacific International Suites, Cnr Parkes & Valentine Ave, Parramatta

Wollongong Wednesday 9 March 2005, 1.45-4pm
Wollongong Uni Functions Centre, Northfield Ave, Gwynneville

Canberra Tuesday 5 April 2005, 8.45-11am
Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna St, Phillip

Newcastle Wednesday 4 May 2005, 8.45-11am
Industry Development Centre, University Drive, Callaghan

The cost is $35 (including GST), which includes comprehensive workshop material, tea/coffee on arrival and morning/afternoon tea. 

To download a registration form go to OEA website

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