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New employer obligations from July 1
Two key changes took effect on July 1: the FWC’s Annual Wage Review increase and an increase in the Superannuation Guarantee.
Slight contraction in manufacturing
Activity in the manufacturing sector slipped slightly in June, with production and sales both lower and employment continuing to decline.
Fourth consecutive contraction in services index
Ai Group’s Australian Performance of Services Index (Australian PSI®) edged closer to growth in May, despite retail trade recording its lowest level in eight months.
Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Program
Ai Group advisers can assist in your application to the new Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Program, which offers Business Evaluations and Business Growth Grants to help SMEs become more competitive and grow.
Don’t miss BIZassistBriefings webcasts
Our July BIZassistBriefings will deliver the latest updates on business, IR and safety direct to your desktop in free interactive webinars, with our panel of experts online to answer all your questions.
Have your say on Model WHS laws
A review is underway to identify ways to improve the Model Work Health & Safety laws, and Ai Group wants your feedback to inform our response to the issues paper.
How will China FTA affect you?
Australia’s FTA with China is set to be concluded, and Ai Group is seeking your opinion as to the likely effect of proposed measures on your business.
Investigating discrimination, harassment and misconduct
This full-day workshop balances legal theory and practical skills to equip managers and HR practitioners to conduct effective workplace investigations.
On 30 May 2014, the Australian Building Ministers’ Forum agreed in principle to make the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC) and future editions freely available online, significantly contributing to reducing the burden of building regulation. The decision to eliminate costs associated with buying the code will make it more accessible to both small business and the building and plumbing industries. For further information, please refer to the media release issued by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry.
Federal and state ministers have agreed today to significant building regulation reforms to the National Construction Code (NCC).
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry Bob Baldwin said the reforms would ensure the NCC was robust, without strangling the sector with red tape.
Today, the Australian Building Ministers’ Forum agreed in principle to make the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC) and future editions freely available online, significantly contributing to reducing the burden of building regulation. The decision to eliminate costs associated with purchasing the code will allow it to become more accessible to both small business and the building and plumbing industries encouraging them to remain well-informed of current changes. The forum also agreed to move from a one-year amendment cycle to a three-year amendment cycle which will deliver more certainty and stability about regulatory change to the building and construction industry.
To view the Media Release issued by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, or a list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the decision, please visit the ABCB website by clicking here. Further information will also be provided in the upcoming edition of the Australian Building Regulation Bulletin.
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