November 2012 Industry Update

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 due to their low levels of awareness and understanding of workplace rights. We want to ensure as many workers and employers as possible are armed with the information they need to be compliant with Australian workplace relations laws and know where to go for help if necessary.

The materials developed include an educative video called ‘Working in building and construction – what you need to know’, brochures, case studies and an employment checklist which demonstrate how FWBC can help CALD workers. Each resource has been translated into Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, Serbian and Tagalog (Filipino). Each language has its own page on the FWBC website containing the video and supporting resources. To access the pages, click here.

FWBC held community consultations across Australia in April 2012, including one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders to reveal barriers and issues facing CALD community members working in the building and construction industry.

The consultation process identified the following issues:

  • language barriers;

  • limited understanding of Australian culture;

  • fear of authority organisations (especially Government, based on experiences in their country of origin);

  • not aware of rights or where/how to access information;

  • not confident raising concerns directly with employers.

This is an ongoing campaign. FWBC will research and investigate further educative materials that may be relevant to CALD construction industry participants. We would like to receive feedback on our resources and ideas for new products to cover any gaps in our information. Please email us with your suggestions.

Further information:

Media release – FWBC launches resources for CALD workers

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