Emergency services: show them a little respect

News

Emergency services: show them a little respect

The Turnbull government's bill to protect emergency services volunteers is to be introduced into parliament.

WantToReadMore

Get unlimited access to all of our content.

The Turnbull government's bill to protect emergency services volunteers is to be introduced into parliament.

The Fair Work Amendment (Respect for Emergency Services Volunteers) Bill will invalidate terms in enterprise agreements that undermine the capacity of firefighting or state emergency service bodies to properly manage their volunteer operations or restrict these bodies from respecting, valuing or promoting their volunteers.

It will also strike out terms that are inconsistent with state or territory laws that regulate such bodies.
 
This legislation also gives volunteers a voice by providing volunteer organisations the right to make submissions in Fair Work Commission agreement approval proceedings.

Currently volunteer organisations do not have a right to be heard in such matters, despite the significant negative impact enterprise agreements can have on them.

Backpacker tax review seeking submissions 


The federal government’s review of the "backpacker tax" is seeking submissions by September 2.

The review will feed into the government’s decision on any changes to the backpacker tax, which will take effect by January 1 next year.

A summary of the review’s scope says the "the tax rate of 32.5 per cent for non-resident 417 and 462 visa holders – known as the 'backpacker tax' – has been widely discussed as a potential disincentive for backpackers to take on roles that are not being met by Australian workers."

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Library has produced a "quick guide" to the working holiday maker scheme.

It has also published a quick guide to the Subclass 457 visa scheme.
Post details