Job ads, new union rules, apprentices, secure work, conference . . .


Job ads, new union rules, apprentices, secure work, conference . . .

Job ads fall | New registered organisations information published | FWBC Know Your Worth apprentice campaign launched | Greens Bill backs ACTU secure work push | HR Practices Day — presented by AHRI.


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DEEWR’s Monthly Leading Indicator of Employment has fallen for the second consecutive month in March 2013, after rising for six consecutive months previously.
The media release noted:
‘It is too early to confirm that the pace of employment growth is likely to remain below its (downwardly revised) long-term trend rate of 1.4 per cent per annum, because the Indicator has fallen for fewer than six consecutive months. Cyclical employment has now fallen for nine consecutive months.’  
Detailed information is available from the DEEWR website.

New registered organisations information published

The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2012 requires all registered organisations to make changes to their rules in relation to financial disclosures and policies by 29 June 2013.
The Fair Work Commission has published a new Alterations to rules webpage to assist organisations in processing the required changes. Information now available on the Commission’s website includes fact sheets and guidance notes, as well as a frequently asked questions about the required alterations.


This annexure sets out material to assist registered organisations to comply with new obligations that will apply under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (RO Act).

The legislation will require organisations to amend their rules to provide for:
  • policies about the expenditure of an organisation or a branch of an organisation (new para 141(1)(ca))
  • the disclosure of remuneration paid to officers of an organisation or branch (new s148A)
  • the disclosure of material personal interests of officers or their relatives (new s148B)
  • the disclosure of payments made by an organisation or branch (new s148C).

FWBC Know Your Worth apprentice campaign launched

Fair Work Building and Construction has launched a new campaign, the Know Your Worth campaign.

This campaign will provide apprentices in the building and construction industry with better access to information about what they should be paid.

Part of the Know Your Worth campaign is a new website that contains information and resources useful to apprentices, including a wage calculator, career profiles and a guide to budgeting on an apprentice wage.

Greens Bill backs ACTU secure work push
Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has backed ACTU president Ged Kearney’s call for action on insecure work, made at the ACTU job summit in Old Parliament House.

Bandt said he expects further debate next week on the Greens Fair Work Amendment (Tackling Job Insecurity) Bill 2012 and has called on Labor to back the Bill.

‘The Prime Minister will address the ACTU secure jobs summit tomorrow. I hope she gets behind the Greens Bill to address the growing problem of insecure work,’ Bandt said.

‘This is a big test for Labor. We will find out whether they will take real action to give people a pathway out of casual and insecure work and into permanent jobs.’

The Fair Work Amendment (Tackling Job Insecurity) Bill 2012 will implement a number of recommendations of the landmark Lives on Hold report, conducted by the former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe, released by the ACTU. The Bill amends the Fair Work Act to provide a process for workers employed on an ‘insecure’ basis to be moved to ongoing employment on a part-time or full-time basis overseen by the Fair Work Commission.

HR Practices Day — presented by AHRI

HR Practices Day is a nationwide series of informative and interactive conferences, allowing participants to learn from the initiatives and experiences of leading practitioners in the profession.

The conferences are organised by AHRI and will focus on the development of delegate skills in various HR specialist areas with a particular emphasis on the application of best practice. The following components have been employed to shape the events:
  • the inclusion of high-profile experts on key HR areas 
  • HR in practice case studies that will include best practice examples
  • interactive sessions focusing on skills development and application.
HR Practices Day provides an opportunity for both delegates and sponsors to network personally with generalist HR practitioners, consultants, operational line managers, team leaders and professionals responsible for people/organisational matters.

The Practices Days run from 14 March to 30 April at venues around Australia. For details and to register click here. 

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