Govt to hire WorkChoices explainers – but who will  explain it to them?

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Govt to hire WorkChoices explainers – but who will explain it to them?

The Federal Government is looking for people to explain the complex and complicated new WorkChoices industrial relations legislation to employers and employees.

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The Federal Government is looking for people to explain the complex and complicated new WorkChoices industrial relations legislation to employers and employees.

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Kevin Andrews, this week announced the release of a tender to develop a national network of industry-based advisors ‘capable of delivering advice on the application of the WorkChoices reform’.

EAP is 'only one element'

Andrews said the WorkChoices Employer Advisor Program (EAP) ‘is only one element of a wider information and education campaign that will ensure all workers, their families and employers are aware of the changes and receive information about how WorkChoices may affect them’.

He said the aim of the EAP is to ensure there will be advisors around Australia, including rural and regional areas, able to educate and assist employers to implement the reforms on an industry basis.

Tenderers ‘should explore a range of methods for accessing and communicating with employers, including employers from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds’, Andrews said.

Legislation to commence in March

The regulations for the WorkChoices legislation are expected to be promulgated in late February, with the legislation to commence some time in March.

The removal of redundancy provisions and the establishment of the Fair Pay Commission, promised as part of the WorkChoices package, are already in operation.

The Request for Tender documentation can be accessed from www.tenders.gov.au.

All enquiries regarding the details in the Request for Tender are to be via e-mail and directed to: wceap@dewr.gov.au.

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