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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.

 
Building Strong Minds - AMHFA Training in Cherbourg
Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:34

Updated - 7/1/2019

Wendy Stark is the senior remote training co-ordinator for NESA, (National Employment Services Association).

Dept of PM&C have now funded NESA to deliver 15 Building Strong Minds (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid) training workshops across Cherbourg.

This training will be free of charge and open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as well as any non-Indigenous people who work with the Aboriginal community.

You will note the first 3 workshops this side of xmas and the remaining will be scheduled for January/February 2019.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact Wendy Stark on 0402 494 670 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here for 2019 training workshop dates

Click here for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Brochure

 
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/

 
Workforce Development Opportunities
Saturday, 17 November 2018 16:04

Recruiting Your Workforce

The Australian and State Government have a number of training, employment and incentive programs to support business owners increase ob opportunities for jobseekers in Queensland.

Click here for flyer

 
Grants Set To Flow To Community Groups
Thursday, 15 November 2018 12:19

From - David Littleproud MP, Federal Member for Maranoa

GRANTS SET TO FLOW TO COMMUNITY GROUPS IN DROUGHT-AFFECTED REGIONS

The Coalition Government is investing $15 million in the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Programme and I urge all eligible community organisations to apply.

Small grants will be available to not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects in drought affected regions focusing on reducing social isolation, leadership development and skills training and other group-based activities.

For more information, check out: 
www.frrr.org.au/grants/tackling_tough_times_together
www.infrastructure.gov.au

MORE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS IN MARANOA

  • Coalition Government offering additional 1995 scholarships through the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program. This is on top of the 1200 scholarships that are currently available.
  • Scholarships support students from regional and rural communities wanting to study courses such as science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)
  • Scholarships of up to $18,000 are available

The current round of scholarships closes Friday December 14, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, visit: www.education.gov.au or www.qtac.edu.au

APPLICATIONS FOR THE LATEST ROUND OF THE LOCAL DRUG ACTION TEAM PROGRAMME ARE NOW OPEN

The Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Programme is part of the Coalition Government’s investment of $298 million, over four years, under the National Ice Action Strategy to help communities tackle this life-destroying drug and battle against addiction.

I urge community organisations to apply for the latest round of the LDAT Programme. Successful LDAT teams will receive an initial $10,000 to plan and deliver evidence-informed prevention initiatives, tailored to the needs of their own communities.

Applications for the latest round of the LDAT Programme close December 7, 2018.

For more information or to apply, please visit: community.adf.org.au

NATIONAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT FUND

Expression of Interest applications are open for governments to receive funding through the $72 million Drought Round. Please refer to the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund Drought Round webpage for information on project eligibility and how to apply as projects need to be in partnership with the state government.

For more information about the capital component of the fund, please visit: https://infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/water-infrastructure/nwi-development-fund/water-infrastructure-projects.aspx

SUPPORTING SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES IN MARANOA

  • Small- and medium-sized businesses in Maranoa will pay less tax five years sooner, with new laws fast tracking tax relief for the sector passing Parliament last month
  • From 2021-22, a business with a turnover below $50 million will have a tax rate of just 25 per cent, five years earlier than planned

·     More than 16,000 small businesses in Maranoa are set to benefit from this tax relief


 
New Penalty Rate Increases for the General Retail Industry Award 2010
Monday, 12 November 2018 17:35

As part of its four year review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has increased casual retail workers’ penalty rates for weekday evening shifts and Saturdays, but reduced them for shiftworkers working Sunday shifts.

The reduction of Sunday penalty rates for shiftworkers follows the Full Bench decision in February 2017 to reduce Sunday penalty rates for full-time, part-time and casual retail workers.

Click here for full details

 
Meet & Greet - 23rd October 2018
Monday, 05 November 2018 14:29

KCCI last Meet & Greet was hosted by Generation Funerals on 23rd October.

Please click this link for SB Online for more information

KCCI Meets Next Generation

 
NBN Coming Soon
Monday, 05 November 2018 14:21

The NBN is expected to be switched on street-by-street in Kingaroy between January-March. NBNCo had been laying the backbone of the cabling throughout town. Loretta Wengel from Nexgen is based on the Sunshine Coast, but has been visiting Kingaroy regularly to help clients prepare their office phone and data networks ahead of the changeover.
Click here for details

 
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