$2.5 million in grants to educate employers about modern awards

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$2.5 million in grants to educate employers about modern awards

The Fair Work Ombudsman has offered grants to a number of peak bodies to assist in educating employers, particularly those running small businesses, about changes to modern awards.

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has offered grants to a number of peak bodies to assist in educating employers, particularly those running small businesses, about changes to modern awards.
 
Earlier this year, the Fair Work Ombudsman invited some of Australia’s leading employer and industry groups to put forward ideas for new guidance materials to help raise awareness of modern awards among employers.
 
Fifteen organisations have been offered a total of 25 grants worth $2.5 million.
 
They are: Aged & Community Services Australia, Australian Hotels Association, Australian Industry Group, Australian Medical Association, Australian Road Transport Industry Organisation, Australian Security Industry Association, Building Services Contractors of Australia, Clubs Australia, Hair and Beauty Australia, Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Australia, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, National Electrical and Communications Association, National Farmers’ Federation and National Retail Association.
 
The grants are being offered under the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Shared Industry Assistance Program (SIAP).
 
Aim of program
 
Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the program aims to better inform employers about the changes to modern awards applicable to their industries.
 
Subject to all offers being accepted, the grant recipients will provide educative materials on 25 different modern awards, including those affecting the retail, aged care, health, clerical support services, horticulture, and on-site building and construction industries.
 
‘The industries being targeted are among those we think are most in need of targeted information,’ Wilson said.
 
Free to all employers
 
Materials produced will be available for free to all employers over the coming months on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
 
The Fair Work Ombudsman has a range of tools and resources on its website to assist employers to understand and comply with workplace laws, including the National Employment Standards and modern awards.
 
Employers seeking further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8 am to 6 pm weekdays. For translations, phone 13 14 50.
 
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