Grants program: educating small business about modern awards


Grants program: educating small business about modern awards

Australia’s leading employer and industry groups are being invited to join with the Fair Work Ombudsman to educate small businesses about changes to modern awards.


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Australia’s leading employer and industry groups are being invited to join with the Fair Work Ombudsman to educate small businesses about changes to modern awards.
Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson has written to 40 peak national bodies (see below) encouraging them to come up with ideas for new guidance materials to help raise awareness among employers.
Grants of up to $104,000 are available under a $2.7 million Shared Industry Assistance Projects (SIAP) scheme for initiatives to be delivered between July and December this year.
Industries targeted
Industries targeted for attention include retail; accommodation, cafés, restaurants and clubs; construction; hairdressing and beauty services; manufacturing; administrative and clerical support services; professional, scientific and technical services; public administration and safety and agriculture, forestry and fishing.
Mr Wilson says he is keen to work collaboratively with industry and employer groups to deliver practical assistance to employers on the transition to modern awards.
‘The industries we have identified are those we think are most in need of targeted information,’ he said.
‘Improving community awareness about workplace relations is a job we take seriously and our aim is to provide direct and immediate access to information and resources that is practical, helpful and accurate.’
The Fair Work Ombudsman also has a range of tools and resources on its website to assist employers to understand changes to workplace relations, including the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.
Small- to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are following best practice by using free template employment documentation available online.
More information
Employers seeking assistance or 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.
Fair Work inspectors will visit up to 50,000 businesses in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania over the next three years to provide information and assistance to employers who have entered the national workplace relations system on 1 January for the first time.
Peak bodies invited to participate in the Shared Industry Assistance Projects
The national peak bodies invited to participate are:
  • Aged & Community Services Australia
  • Aged Care Association Australia
  • Association of Consulting Engineers Australia
  • Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia
  • Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers
  • Australian Chamber Alliance
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Australian Cleaning Contractors’ Association
  • Australian Council of Social Services
  • Australian Federation of Employers and Industries
  • Australian Glass and Glazing Association Inc
  • Australian Hotels Association
  • Australian Industry Group
  • Australian Meat Industry Council
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation Inc.
  • Australian Private Hospitals Association
  • Australian Retailers Association 
  • Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation
  • Australian Security Industry Association Limited
  • Baking Manufacturers’ Industry Association of Australia
  • Building Services Contractors Association of Australia
  • Furnishing Industry Association of Australia
  • Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia
  • Hair & Beauty Australia
  • Horticulture Australia Council
  • Housing Industry Association
  • Master Builders Association (various states)
  • Master Grocers Association 
  • Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia
  • Motor Trades Association of Australia
  • National Aged Care Alliance
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • National Farmers Federation
  • National Retail Association 
  • Pharmacy Guild of Australia
  • Printing Industries Association of Australia
  • Restaurant and Catering Australia
  • The Licensed Clubs’ Association of Australia
  • Timber Merchants Association


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