Industry Update


What’s new at FWBC? Chief Executive’s message

Welcome to the November edition of the FWBC Industry Update.Since commencing operation on 1 June 2012, FWBC has been very active in the field. Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors have conducted almost a thousand site visits all over the country. Personally...

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Translated FWBC video and brochures released

FWBC launched a suite of educative in-language tools and resources to deliver targeted information to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) workers in Australia’s building and construction industry on 22 November 2012.CALD workers are considered vulnerable...

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Model national WHS Act – when and where does it apply?

hile it is important to note that FWBC does not regulate safety, we have heard reports that some people working in the construction industry are confused about the rollout of new model national Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws.Some states and territories have...

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Q&A with FWBC’s Chief Counsel – Brian Corney

Read FWBC Chief Counsel Brian Corney’s biography here.1. What does your typical working day entail?Discussing matters with counsel/solicitors, talking with industry associations, reviewing case reports, reading and assessing judgements, assessing cost and...

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Compensation and penalty payments secured for head contractor and subbies in Qld

Investigations, negotiations and legal action by FWBC helped to secure a $550,000 penalty for a head contractor and $101,930 for 10 subcontractors in Queensland last month.Seven union organisers were also ordered to pay a $40,000 penalty to the Commonwealth as...

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Things heating up on your building site? Call FWBC

Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors are available seven days a week to provide free advice and assistance for anyone working in the construction industry who finds themselves in a situation where unlawful industrial action is occurring, or may be about to occur.FWBC...

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Follow FWBC on Twitter

Following FWBC on Twitter is the most efficient way to stay up-to-date with the latest news from our agency.FWBC is committed to ensuring as many people as possible are aware of workplace laws in the construction industry and what we can do to help them. Twitter...

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Leigh Johns sets the record straight on recovery of wages and entitlements

FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns recently announced that the agency has recovered more than $1.2m in wages and entitlements for nearly 1000 workers in Australia’s construction industry.In a speech last month, Mr Johns stated that one of the first things he...

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Small business? ASIC wants to hear from you

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is conducting a survey of small business owners, which will close on 21 December 2012. ASIC reports that small businesses account for 96 per cent of all businesses registered and collectively employ...

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Enforceable Undertakings – another regulatory option available to FWBC

FWBC has a range of regulatory options available to it in order to achieve its main object which is to provide a balanced framework for cooperative, productive and harmonious workplace relations in the construction industry.The Agency has negotiated two Enforceable...

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FWBC’s first Annual Report tabled in Parliament

FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns outlined the Agency’s achievements, as well as goals and vision for the future, in the first FWBC Annual Report, which was tabled on 31 October 2012.The Annual Report contains two volumes. The first volume introduces FWBC...

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This information contained in this document is correct as at 27 November 2012.

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