NSW to assist to smooth IR referral

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NSW to assist to smooth IR referral

The NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Robertson, stated that the decision by the NSW Government to participate in the national industrial relations system is assisting in the delivery of standardised and simplified workplace arrangements for employers and workers across Australia.

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The NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Robertson, stated that the decision by the NSW Government to participate in the national industrial relations system is assisting in the delivery of standardised and simplified workplace arrangements for employers and workers across Australia.
 
The Fair Work Ombudsman and NSW Office of Industrial Relations are working side by side to help employers and employees make the transition to the new national system.
 
Some measures
 
New South Wales inspectors will undertake approximately 15,000 education visits, across the state, to businesses moving to the new system. These visits will focus on small businesses located in regional areas. Robertson noted:
‘I can report that the regional program is well underway with visits to 1,300 regionally based employers taking place in February and March alone. Businesses on the New South Wales South Coast, Parkes, Armidale, Ballina, Yamba, Singleton and Scone are among the areas targeted.’
Workshops
 
NSW Industrial Relations will also roll out a series of free information workshops and seminars across the state.
 
These workshops will provide practical help to business owners and managers to enable them to understand their rights and responsibilities and to provide information about modern awards, the National Employment Standards and the arrangements for the transition to the new national industrial relations system.
 
The majority of these free workshops will be conducted in regional New South Wales, at times that suit business owners and managers.
 
Cooperation
 
Robertson concluded:
‘I am also pleased to advise that as part of the deal with the Commonwealth Government, Fair Work Australia will operate from three locations in New South Wales: Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle. The regional locations were decided upon in recognition of the vitality of their business districts.
 
Fair Work Australia will also utilise established NSW Industrial Relations contact centres in Sydney, Campbelltown, Penrith and Coffs Harbour and outposts in Wagga Wagga, Ballina, Dubbo and Gosford. These workplace visits and workshops demonstrate the New South Wales Government's commitment to providing practical and effective education services across the State.’
 
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