March 2013 Industry Update

Do you know your worth? Chief Executive's message

As Australia’s young people converged on their O-week events, Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) were doing our bit to help guide them through their career progression.

I was excited to launch our www.knowyourworth.gov.au microsite late last month. The site is a one-stop-shop for apprentices and their parents which contains all the relevant information they need to ensure they are being paid correctly and treated properly on their job site.

As part of this campaign to help empower young people in the construction industry, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors, including me, have taken on roles as ‘youth ambassadors’. This has included being on hand to answer questions at O-Week events at TAFEs and universities around the country and we plan to deliver presentations at TAFEs down the track.

This campaign comes after the launch of our campaign to provide more accessible information to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people working in Australia’s construction industry. As an Agency, we feel it is important that these two groups, who are more susceptible to exploitation in the industry, are aware of their rights and obligations.  

Take a look at our microsite www.knowyourworth.gov.au and, if you are a parent of someone starting out in the industry, or you know someone who is, please make sure you forward this resource on.

We also have an article in this Industry Update edition which should help employers who are thinking of taking on an apprentice with some useful links to other Government resources.

Of course an article about pickets and blockades, and where FWBC fits in, is timely given the recent events at the Werribee Water Treatment Plant in Victoria.

We also give you a run-down of our audit campaign and an update about a criminal matter in which the court rejected the appeal of a glazing business manager who was found guilty of obstructing Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors in their duties.

Who could forget that Easter is just around the corner. There’s an article in this Industry Update about the Easter public holidays so you know what you or your workers are entitled to.

I hope you find this Industry Update informative and useful. Until the next edition…

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