March 2013 Industry Update

Knowyourworth.gov.au – the one-stop-shop for apprentices

Starting work can be a daunting time for young people, and their parents. FWBC understands that this period of change can be intimidating, so we have launched a campaign that aims to empower young people and apprentices working in Australia’s construction industry with knowledge about their workplace rights and entitlements.

The main component of the campaign is the Knowyourworth.gov.au microsite which includes key facts, pay calculators, budgeting information and career profiles regarding the following:

  • Pay and conditions
  • Minimum rates of pay
  • Bullying
  • Union membership
  • Sham contracting
  • Going on strike
  • Talking to your employer.

The microsite is a ‘survival guide’ which should arm apprentices with the relevant information they need to ensure they are being paid correctly and treated properly on their job site. As well as information and advice, the microsite incorporates interactive formats such as checklists and pay calculators.

The site also features a section which outlines information for parents, providing them with peace of mind when they wave their son or daughter goodbye as they leave for work in the morning.

Young people are more susceptible to exploitation than the general workforce and, therefore, it is important to have information specifically tailored for them in a format that they are confident accessing.

As part of the campaign, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors will conduct presentations to students at TAFE and other training providers about apprentices’ rights and responsibilities.

If you know someone who is just starting out in the construction industry, or is the parent of someone who is, please share this information with them as the www.knowyourworth.gov.au  microsite will provide them with all the information they need about being paid correctly and treated right. You can forward them the link to this article, suggest they like it on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/knowyourworthaustralia  or share it on Twitter.

FWBC looks forward to expanding this initiative throughout 2013 and welcomes feedback and suggestions. Contact us via email or call our hotline 1800 008 338.

Further information:

Website: Knowyourworth.gov.au

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