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Tender - New Fraser Coast Admin Centre
Wednesday, 01 May 2019 13:36

Tender ID

572838

Title

New Fraser Coast Administration Centre - Maryborough CBD

Issue Date

Close Date

28 Apr 2019

22 May 2019

Tender To (Tendering Body)

Fraser Coast Regional Council

Description

FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL. NEW FRASER COAST ADMINISTRATION CENTRE - MARYBOROUGH CBD. EOI . Council is inviting Expressions of Interest from interested persons, property owners or consortiums of property owners, for either property/land or development proposals for the development of a new Fraser Coast Regional Administration Centre within, or in close proximity to, the Maryborough CBD. EOI's close: 11am Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Documents available from Internet Site https://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/public-notices/-/asset_publisher/rRQfvDcqpi4r/content/eoi-new-fraser-coast-administration-centre-maryborough-cbd?redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.frasercoast.qld.gov.au%2Fpublic-notices%3Fp_p_id%3D101_INSTANCE_rRQfvDcqpi4r%26p_p_lifecycle%3D0%26p_p_state%3Dnormal%26p_p_mode%3Dview%26p_p_col_id%3Dcolumn-3%26p_p_col_pos%3D1%26p_p_col_count%3D2

Important Information

Closing Date and Time: 22 May 2019

Contact Information

N/A

Location

Wide Bay-Burnett

 
Business South Burnett
Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:43

South Burnett Localised is here

Business SB new online local business network, Localised is another way we’re working hard to make South Burnett a great place to start and grow a business.
Joining is easy, quick and free. You can start exploring businesses, project opportunities and networking and professional development events as soon as you register.

Benefits for your business

By joining Localised, you can:

  • Build your brand and promote your expertise, goods and services
  • Find local business events and training relevant to you
  • Share your business’ good news
  • Access more local business leads & hear about big projects and procurements
  • Find local suppliers - discover other local businesses you didn’t know existed

Find out more about this great initiative - list your business today!

How do I register?

It’s easy and free to list your business and by joining you'll be helping to grow the local business community.
Click here to register your business.

 
EOIs open for grants to help businesses manage energy consumption and reduce power bills
Monday, 25 March 2019 09:34

David Littleproud MP advises small business across Maranoa of a new government grant that will assist in managing energy consumption & costs.

The Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $50 million of grants to assist businesses & community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices & technologies & better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills.  This measures will deliver up to 3 million tonnes of abatement to 2030.

Click here for flyer

Click here for expression of interest form

 
New Fair Work regulation clarifies offsetting rules for casual loading payments
Monday, 07 January 2019 13:21

Employers who incorrectly classify employees as casual instead of full-time or part-time could be responsible for back paying various entitlements under the National Employment Standards (NES), following a recent Federal Court of Australia decision in Workpac v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131.

However, the Government has varied the Fair Work Regulations 2009 to clarify that employers, in certain circumstances, may claim that an employee's casual loading payments should be offset against certain NES entitlements owing to the employee.

This regulation came into effect on 18 December 2018.

How does the new regulation work?

The new regulation applies where all of the following criteria are met:

  • An employee is employed by their employer on a casual basis
  • The employee is paid a casual loading that is clearly identifiable as being an amount paid to compensate the person in lieu of entitlements that casual employees are not entitled to under the NES, such as personal or annual leave
  • Despite being classified by the employer as a casual, the employee was in fact a full-time or part-time employee for some or all of their employment for the purposes of the NES
  • The employee has made a claim to be paid for one or more of the NES entitlements (that casual employees do not have) that they didn't receive for all or some of the time that they were incorrectly classified as a casual.

If all of these points are satisfied, an employer can make a claim to have the casual loading payments made to the employee taken into account when working out the entitlements owing to the employee for the relevant NES entitlements.

The new regulation applies to employment periods that occurred before, or that occurred on or after, 18 December 2018.

Visit the Federal Register of Legislation to read the  Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018.

 
KCCI AGM & Meet & Greet 28th November 2018
Monday, 07 January 2019 13:13

KCCI AGM & Meet & Greet was hosted be Bill Hull Car Centre on 28th November 2018.

Please click on the link below for SB Online article for more information.

https://southburnett.com.au/news2/2018/11/28/kcci-re-elects-executive-team-2/

 
Supplier directory serves up the best deal for Queenslanders
Monday, 07 January 2019 13:06

From Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Whether it’s beef from Rockhampton, olives from Toowoomba, or craft beer from Brisbane there will soon be more on offer at Queensland Government events with the launch of the ‘Buy Queensland First Food and Beverage Directory’ today.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that the Palaszczuk Government was ‘putting its money where is its mouth is’ by setting up a Queensland food, beverage and catering supplier directory for government departments.

“When we’re showcasing Queensland to the rest of the world, we want to make sure Queensland grown and manufactured food and beverage is front and centre,” Mr de Brenni said.

Establishing this directory means that  next time you’re at a Queensland Government function you’ll be eating and drinking more Queensland produce thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland First strategy.”

“The Queensland Government unashamedly gives preference to Queensland businesses in its dealings through our Buy Queensland first initiative.

”Our Buy Queensland policy aims to ensure that wherever possible, every dollar that the government spends is backing Queensland jobs.

“More local food and drink on Queensland tables means more jobs for Queenslanders, especially in the regions,” he said.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said registering for the directory was a simple process and would reward businesses which had a firm Queensland focus, boosting employment throughout the state.

“Last year the Palaszczuk Government announced it was flipping procurement on its head to prioritise Queenslanders for jobs in our state, one year on we are extending that to support local food and beverage businesses,” Mr Furner said.

“I’m calling on all Queensland-based producers to sign up today be included in the Buy Queensland First Food and Beverage Directory, whether you’re a grower, manufacturer or brewer.

“Our new Food and Beverage Supplier Directory, which will go live next year, will ensure government agencies and organisations acting on their behalf approach suppliers listed on the directory to seek quotes for individual events and corporate functions.

To be listed in the directory, suppliers must complete an online application process at www.qld.gov.au/buyqueensland showing they usually grow, make or produce the majority of their goods in Queensland.

“Suppliers will also need to demonstrate their workforce is drawn from Queensland.”

Minister de Brenni said the directory had multiple categories and suppliers can nominate which ones apply to their business.

“If approved, they can promote their products as either ‘Grown in Queensland’, ‘Made in Queensland’ or ‘Produced in Queensland’,” he said.

An industry Advisory Group ratifies registrations on the directory, and the Queensland Procurement Policy Compliance Unit will conduct random audits of suppliers, as well as investigate complaints.

 

 
Flexible work arrangements model term included in modern awards from 1 December
Friday, 14 December 2018 16:00

The Fair Work Commission has finalised the model term for requests for flexible working arrangements.  The model term will be inserted into all modern awards as part of the 4-yearly review of modern awards, which will take effect on 1 December 2018.

The term will apply when an employee has made a request for a change in working arrangements under the National Employment Standards (NES).

There is no obligation under the NES to deal with the requesting employee about the request.  However, the new model term will require the employer, before responding to the request to:

  • discuss the request with the employee; and
  • genuinely try to reach agreement on a change in working arrangements that will reasonably accommodate the employee’s circumstances, having regard to:
    • the needs of the employee arising from their circumstances;
    • the consequences for the employee if changes in working arrangements are not made; and
    • any reasonable business grounds for refusing the request.

The NES requires that if the employer refuses the request, the written response must include details of the reasons for the refusal.  The Award model term goes further and requires that the reasons for refusal include:

  • the business ground or other grounds relied upon by the employer for the refusal;
  • how the ground or grounds apply;
  • if the employer and employee could not agree on a change in working arrangements, whether or not there are any changes in working arrangements that the employer can offer the employee so as to better accommodate the employee’s circumstances; and
  • if the employer can offer the employee such changes in working arrangements, details of those changes in working arrangements.

Under the Award model term, if the employer and the employee reached an agreement on a change in working arrangements that differs from that initially requested by the employee, the employer must provide the employee with a written response to their request setting out the agreed change(s) in working arrangements.

Given the NES requires the employer to give the requesting employee a written response to the request within 21 days of receiving the request, employers will need to develop procedures to ensure these discussions are convened within the first 10 days of receipt and that compliant notices to employees and documentation of flexible work agreements are developed.

Advice for Employers

Employers affected by the recent decision should make every effort to comply with their obligations to ensure employees are covered by the correct Award and receive the applicable entitlements.
For all questions on any employment matters please contact the Employer Assistance Helpline on 1300 731 988.

 
Anticipating Future Skills; Jobs Growth & alternative futures for Queensland to 2022
Monday, 03 December 2018 17:37

Jobs Queensland is tasked by the Queensland Government to undertake research and provide advice on future skills needs. The Anticipating Future Skills project, which entails the economic modelling of future scenarios, is one of the ways in which Jobs Queensland is performing this work.

The above body of work, was launched on 6th November by Jobs Queensland.

The results of the report harvested intelligence from a broad range of industry sectors.

The significant ‘take away’ was the importance of workforce planning.  2022 is on our doorstep.

We need to consider:

1.      What does our future workforce look like?

2.      As an employer, do I need to re-assess workforce needs?

3.      What skills does/will our workforce require?

In considering these questions, we also need to consider where economic development dissects.  Do I have an adaptable Business model to be able to meet future business needs/growth?

With the future of work changing, there is no doubt that Jobs are a thing of the future!

Please visit the site for further information.

https://jobsqueensland.qld.gov.au/anticipating-future-skills/

 
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