WA boosts long service leave, apprenticeship system

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WA boosts long service leave, apprenticeship system

Almost 400,000 Western Australian workers will soon be able to claim pro rata long service payments after seven years instead of 10, and to take pro rata long service leave after 10 years, instead of 15 – and training times for some apprenticeships are being cut.

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Almost 400,000 Western Australian workers will soon be able to claim pro rata long service payments after seven years instead of 10, and to take pro rata long service leave after 10 years, instead of 15 – and training times for some apprenticeships are being cut.

Review of entitlements

WA Employment Protection Minister John Bowler is having legislation drafted after reviewing the entitlements in other States.

‘Sadly, those workers in the private sector who have been captured by the Federal Government’s WorkChoices legislation will remain with the worst long service leave provisions in Australia and with other conditions which are generally below the standards experienced in other States,’ he said.

While public sector workers already enjoy the entitlements, the Minister said those in the private sector should also be entitled to them. The move is expected to affect more than 50,000 WA businesses.

Apprenticeship changes

Changes have also been announced to the State’s apprenticeship system.

From May 2006, people starting apprenticeships in five key building and construction industry areas will be able to complete their qualifications in three years.

As well, six new housing apprenticeships will be introduced that can be finished in two years.

The two-year apprenticeships for residential housing trades are:

  • Residential Bricklaying;
  • Residential Carpentry;
  • Residential Joinery;
  • Residential Plastering;
  • Residential Wall and Ceiling Fixing; and
  • Residential wall and Floor Tiling.

The three-year apprenticeships will be available for:

  • Bricklaying;
  • Carpentry and Joinery;
  • Wall and Ceiling Fixing;
  • Plastering; and
  • Tile Laying

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Current long service leave provisions in WA

 

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