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25 Sep
Win up to $20,000 in October to improve workplace safety during National Safe Work Month

Safe Work Australia is offering between $2,000 and $20,000 for great health and safety projects. Apply online and be in for a chance to win some cash to make your project a reality.

Thankfully, there has been a steady, long-term, national decline in the rate of work-related fatalities and workers’ compensation claims across all states and territories.

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25 Sep
Unfair dismissal claim succeeds against labour hire company

Overview of the facts

A machinery operator at a coal mine has succeeded in an unfair dismissal claim against their employer, a labour hire business. The workers employment was ended after the labour hire company was informed that services were no longer required.

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14 Sep
From the Chief Executive - 14 September 2018

This week, the Victorian Chamber welcomed the news that Victorian consumers will benefit from a massive injection of new electricity generation, with 900 megawatts of new capacity (enough to power 650,000 homes), to be built across the state.

The new generation capacity will be built as part of the Victorian Government’s renewable energy target (VRET), and the Victorian Chamber is pleased to see such an investment in new energy supply which will cut energy bills and grow jobs in the sector while reducing emissions.

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12 Sep
Portable long service leave scheme to go ahead

On 5 September 2018 the Victorian Parliament passed the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018.

This legislation, which will commence on 1 July 2019, will establish a scheme to provide portability of long service leave benefits for workers in the contract cleaning, security and community services sectors.

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12 Sep
Cost of labour hire licensing must be reduced

The Victorian Chamber recently made a submission to the Victorian Government on the exposure draft regulations and regulatory impact statement for a Victorian labour hire licensing scheme. The submission urges the government to reduce the cost and impact of the scheme on business.

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12 Sep
A focus on mental health

This week has seen World Suicide Prevention Day and RUOK? Day, reminding us of the importance of focussing on the mental health of not just family, friends and work colleagues, but also ourselves. This is essential both inside and outside of the workplace and the Victorian Chamber can help!

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12 Sep
Recipe for unfair dismissal

The Fair Work Commission has found a restaurant owner unfairly dismissed their employee after terminating the employment of the chef without notice. The chef worked alongside three other chefs and the owner at the small business from September 2016 until his employment was terminated in March 2018.

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31 Aug
From the Chief Executive - 31 August 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber welcomed the election of Scott Morrison by the Federal Liberal Party as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister.

We look forward to working with Prime Minister Morrison, Deputy Leader Josh Frydenberg and the Coalition Cabinet to create a better business environment and a more prosperous nation, and we also acknowledge the service of Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop to Australia and the legacy they leave.

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30 Aug
Landmark decision: Casual entitled to Annual Leave

The Full Court of the Federal Court has upheld the previous determination of Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Jarrett in which a casual driver engaged by WorkPac at a Queensland coal mine, was deemed a full time employee who was entitled to annual leave.

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29 Aug
Gender quotas, action plans and reporting proposed under new Gender Equality Bill

The Victorian Government’s draft Gender Equality Bill (2018) has recently been released for public comment. The Bill proposes that Victorian Government departments, public sector organisations (including universities) with over 100 full time employees and local governments achieve gender equality through quotas, action plans and reporting.

The main obligations under the legislation include:

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