January 2013 Industry Update

Chief executive's message - welcome back to work

If, like me, you’ve not long returned from your summer break – welcome back. I hope all our readers had a Merry Christmas and a relaxing holiday period.

This year, I’m looking forward to working more closely with our clients and key stakeholders in the construction industry to improve the way we go about our regulatory work and the important business of increasing the public value that we deliver.

We will be offering regular opportunities for people working in the industry to feed-in to the design and delivery of work that we are doing.  We will be putting specific measures in place to increase our knowledge and understanding of stakeholder issues.  We know that strong relationships and two-way information flow with the industry that we regulate will allow us to continually improve the way we fulfil our functions.

With solid growth forecast in the areas of civil and engineering construction and several major government infrastructure projects underway or soon to commence, FWBC will be focused on getting workplace relations settings right to maximise productivity.

As always, we are dedicated to getting out to as many construction sites as possible to assist employers with the running of their business and support employees. If you’re interested in finding out more about FWBC or how we can help you, please give us a call to book a presentation at your workplace.

We currently have 73 investigations underway as well as 24 matters before the court, including major proceedings such as our case relating to the CFMEU-Grocon dispute. You can find out updated information on that matter in this month’s Industry Update.

In this edition, we also unveil a new pilot program in SA to reduce exploitation of foreign workers on 457 visas and explaining the results of FWBC-commissioned research into the prevalence of sham contracting in the construction industry.

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