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March 25th, 2011

WORKPLACE PRACTICES NEED YOUR INPUT

21 March 2011

In this special edition:

> Business Update
> CCIQ Survey
> Key Elements of the National WHS Act
> Key Changes from current Queensland WHS requirements
> Where to from here?
> Further Information

Business Update

Harmonisation of Workplace Health and Safety

On the 1 January 2012, all jurisdictions across Australia will implement model work health and safety (WHS) laws. This harmonisation process is part of the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) National Reform Agenda where all Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments agreed to achieve national consistency through the development of a WHS legislative framework (including model WHS Act, model regulations and Codes of Practice).

The WHS harmonisation process was agreed to in order to deliver similar laws in each jurisdiction to ensure a more consistent approach across state borders, reduce the red tape and compliance costs on business and create a seamless national economy.

The national model Work Health and Safety Act was endorsed by the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council in December 2009. Now, Safe Work Australia (SWA) is consulting on a range of documents that aim to assist employers and other duty holders to comply with their respective duties of care and include the Draft Model WHS Regulations and Model Codes of Practice. The main elements of the new national WHS Act are listed below for your information.

CCIQ Survey

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is currently preparing a submission to SWA in response to this consultation process, as well as preparing information to assist our members and the businesses who receive our WHS services to prepare for the forthcoming changes in legislation. We are also working with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on issues in the lead up to and implementation of the new legislation in Queensland.

As part of CCIQ’s submission to SWA we are undertaking a survey of businesses to obtain an understanding of where employers are at in relation to WHS and to identify concerns employers have about moving to a new system from 1 January 2012. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 March 2011.

To complete the survey click here.

Key Elements of the National Model WHS Act

The national model Work Health and Safety Act was endorsed by the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council in December 2009. Under the Act, duties of care exist for employers, persons in control of a workplace, upstream parties (such as designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers) as well as workers.

Detailed information on the national model WHS Act is available on the SWA explanatory memorandum which can be found by following the link at the Safe Work Australia website.

Within the national model WHS Act is the primary duty of care for employers will be to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and others who may be affected by the carrying out of work. Furthermore, there will be a requirement that officers of corporations and unincorporated bodies exercise due diligence to ensure compliance.

Other key elements of the national model WHS requirements include:

  • Reporting requirements for notifiable incidents such as the serious illness, injury or death of persons and dangerous incidents arising out of the business or undertaking;
  • Authorisations such as licences, permits and registrations (eg. for persons engaged in high risk work or users of certain plant or substances);
  • Provision for worker consultation, participation and representation at the workplace;
  • Provision for the resolution of health and safety issues;
  • Protection against discrimination for those who exercise or perform, or seek to exercise or perform, powers, functions or rights under the Act;
  • An entry permit scheme that allows union officials to inquire into suspected contraventions affecting workers who are members, or eligible to be members of the relevant union and to consult and advise such workers about health and safety matters;
  • Compliance and enforcement measures and sanctions, including enforceable undertakings; and
  • Regulation-making powers and administrative processes, such as the review of decisions.

Key Changes from Current Queensland WHS Requirements

One of the key changes between current Queensland WHS laws and the new system is that the duty of care is quantified by the term “reasonably practicable”, meaning that employers will be required to do what is reasonably practicable to ensure the WHS of their employees, rather than the current obligation for employers to “ensure” the WHS of their employees (an absolute duty of care).

Furthermore, workers will be required to exercise reasonable care to ensure that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons at the workplace.

There will also be a move away from company directors being held liable for infringements by the company, however they will be required to have a positive and proactive duty to exercise due diligence. This requires company directors to:

  • Acquire and keep up-to-date knowledge of health and safety matters;
  • Gain an understanding of hazards and risks associated with the company’s operations;
  • Ensure appropriate resources are available for use to eliminate/minimise risks from work carried out;
  • Ensure appropriate processes for obtaining information about incidents, hazards and risks, and responding to them;
  • Ensure processes for complying with duties are implemented, e.g. reporting, consultation arrangements, training and instruction;
  • Verify the provision and use of resources for the matters listed above.

Other key changes between current Queensland WHS laws and the new laws include:

  • There is no reverse onus of proof. The onus of proving all elements of an offence, including whether the duty holder has adopted reasonable practicable measures, rests with the Regulator;
  • Workplace Health and Safety Officers (WHSOs) will not be required, however health and safety representatives (HSRs) have increased training and rights within the workplace;
  • HSRs will represent defined work groups which need to be negotiated with the business operator;
  • Health and safety issues are to be resolved in accordance with an agreed dispute resolution procedure which must be in writing;
  • HSRs will be able to issue provisional improvement notices (PIN’s) and can direct workers to cease work after consultation and an attempt to resolve an issue, or without consultation if there is an immediate and imminent threat to health and safety.

Where To From Here?

The model WHS Act was agreed in 2009. The model WHS Regulations and priority model Codes of Practice have been released for public consultation until the 4 April 2011. Following the closure of this consultation period, SWA will review all submissions and make necessary changes.

In June 2011, the model WHS Regulations package will be presented to and agreed by the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council. Following approval by Cabinet, all State and Territory Governments will then be responsible for implementing the model Act, Regulations and Codes of Practice in their jurisdictions for commencement on the 1 January 2012.

Further Information

Additional information on the current consultation process is available on the Safe Work Australia website. To contact CCIQ, please email policy@cciq.com.au.

To complete the survey and go in the draw for a $250 Coles Group and Myer Gift Voucher, please complete the attached survey by 5pm Wednesday 30th March 2011.

Contact t: 07 3842 2267 | e: policy@cciq.com.au | w: www.cciq.com.au

This email was sent to ndent@qas.org.au from Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland
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LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD HERVEY BAY 25TH-26TH MAY 2011 @USQ CAMPUS

March 25th, 2011

LEADERSHIP IN HERVEY BAY QLD TO BE ON THE USQ AGENDA

Dear Colleagues

We are pleased to be able to support the inaugural Regional Innovations Australia Creating Special Places Through Regional Leadership Symposium to be held in Hervey Bay, Queensland on the 25th and 26th May at the USQ campus.

The Symposium will discuss key issues impacting the regions and how communities can create or in some cases re-create their own special places.

With a line up of world-class speakers, including special guests from Vail Colorado, National and International Business Leaders, Academic Regional Specialists and Industry Professionals this will be an event not to be missed.

We look forward to welcoming you as our guest in Hervey Bay.   Additional details and booking information can be found at http://www.regionalinnovations.org/workshop/special-places-symposium

Kind Regards

Connie Woodberry

Chief Executive

Regional Breakthrough

t:   +61 07 41976983
m: 04388 79768
e: cmw@regionalbreakthroughs.com.au

Web:

www.regionalbreakthroughs.com.au

PO Box 5548

Torquay QLD 4655

In Association with: Regional Innovations Australia

www.regionalinnovations.org

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PRESS RELEASE ON GOV DISCUSSION ON OUTDOOR ADVERTIZING & OBESITY IN CHILDREN

March 22nd, 2011

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House of Representatives

PRESS RELEASE

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Tuesday 22 March 2011

One-day public hearing for outdoor advertising in Sydney Friday, 25 March 2011

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is heading to Sydney on Friday 25 March 2011 to hold a public hearing for its inquiry into the regulation of billboard and outdoor media. The Committee is investigating ways that the current self-regulatory system could be improved.

Advertising industry stakeholders Outdoor Media Association, the Communications Council, and the Media Federation of Australia, will discuss industry self-regulation and the growth of outdoor advertising as an advertising medium.

“Outdoor media is a very popular form of advertising that is rapidly growing in Australia, and this is reflected in the increasing proportion of complaints about outdoor advertisements compared to TV and print advertisements,” said Committee Chair Mr Graham Perrett MP.

The Committee will also hear from witnesses about the link between food advertising and childhood obesity, the process of making complaints about advertising and appealing decisions, and issues of stereotyping and vilification in advertising images.

“We are interested in hearing from community groups about their perspectives on advertising standards, the adequacy of the various voluntary advertising codes of conduct, and the complaints process upon which the self-regulatory system is based,” said Mr Perrett.

Public Hearing

9.00am – 3.00pm, Friday 25 March 2011

Macquarie Room, Parliament of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

The program can be accessed at http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/spla/outdoor%20advertising/hearings/program%2025%20March.pdf

A public forum will be held from 2.00pm at which interested members of the public are welcome to make a brief statement regarding the inquiry.

The next public hearing is scheduled for Monday, 4 April 2011, in Melbourne.

Information about the inquiry is available on the Committee website at www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/spla/outdoor%20advertising/index.htm or by contacting the Committee Secretariat on (02) 6277 2358.

For media comment, please contact the Committee Chair, Mr Graham Perrett MP, on (07) 3344 2622 or 0408 883 312.

Issued by:

Andrew Dawson, media manager, International & Community Relations Office,

Parliament of Australia Tel: (02) 6277 2063 wk, 0401 143 724 mob.

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INVITATION TO ATTEND OPEN FORUM ON ALDERSHOT MINING OPERATION SHORTCOMINGS

March 14th, 2011

This corressponce & invitation was forwarded to us

ALDERSHOT AND DISTRICT AGAINST MINING

Pres. Steve Harding-Vice.Pres. Brian Linforth-Sec.Sue Crickitt

Tres. Col Renyolds

72 Smelter St. Aldershot 4650

Tel 41221011—e-mail  brisue@dodo.com.au

14/03/11

Chambers Of Commerce Fraser Coast

The committee of our organization invites you to a very factual and informative documentry film regarding COAL SEAM GAS EXTRACTION.

Apart from the possible income from these wells we believe it is in your members interest to be aware of the potential damage the proliferation of this form of mining can have.

The attached brochure gives details and we hope to see some of you there.

REGARDS

BRIAN LINFORTH

VICE PRES .

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WEB CONFERENCE ON STAFF RETENTION SET FOR MARCH 16TH

March 6th, 2011

Dear  Henry Sapiecha,

Just a reminder.  There are only a few days left to join us for this
practical,60-minute webinar.  


"Proven Employee Recognition Strategies that Boost Morale & Reduce
Turnover"
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

http://www.edcuation.net/1YC/0/2/p4RWVUc/p5SCT5C7i/p0e

CONFERENCE AGENDA:

How to Keep Your Best Employees from Leaving: Rewards & Recognition
**   Creative ways to reward without money - what's working in 2011
**   Don't underestimate the power of praise- how to use it effectively
**   What your best employees want from you & how to deliver consistently

What Supervisors Can Do Today to Inspire & Motivate Your Superstars
**   Simple ways to integrate employee recognition into your daily routine
**   Ways to spark passion in drained high performers & build loyalty
**   How to liven up boring & redundant tasks for discouraged employees

How to Avoid the Top Mistakes that Cost Supervisors their Best Employees
**   Coaching tips to make your best employees feel valued & appreciated
**   Identify & remedy the most common causes of boredom & burnout
**   How to pinpoint the problem BEFORE they get to the exit interview

Live question and answer session - Have your specific questions answered
by our expert speaker:

Expert, Hunter Lott, is an award-winning trainer with the American
Management Association, Vistage and the Society of Human Resource
Management. Highlights of his background include:

**   He serves as HR support for small, growing businesses through his
     membership organization Hunter 24/7. Hunter has reviewed over 1,100
     employee handbooks in the last eight years.
**   His clients include Anheuser-Busch, FedEx Kinko's, Carpet One,
Vistage, The National Institutes of Health and Morton Buildings.
**   He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, graduated from Iowa
State University and currently resides in Rochester, MN.

Earn HRCI Credit:
This program has been approved for 1 re-certification credit hour
toward PHR and SPHR re-certification through the Human Resource
Certification Institute (HRCI).

As a leader in fast-read, actionable advice on workplace issues, the
conference gives you the opportunity to add immediate impact to your
HR efforts in a manner that is:

FAST - No wasted time here. Get right to the heart of the matter in a
1-hour block designed to easily fit into your busy schedule.

CONVENIENT - No airlines. No travel. No time out of the office.
Listen from the comfort and convenience of your desk.

EASY - A telephone and computer with access to the Internet is all the
equipment you need. Just dial in, punch-in your access code, then click
the link to access the website and you're in. That's it. Follow along
with the Webinar handouts provided in advance.

ACTIONABLE - Our conferences provide money-saving tactics you can
start using right when you hang up the phone.

IDEAL FOR MULTIPLE LISTENERS - Use a speakerphone and as many people as
you want can listen in - at no extra cost to you. A projector is
suggested for the video portion for multiple attendees.
Many professionals use these sessions as a cost-effective,
 time-efficient means of training supervisors, managers, and
staff while reinforcing key issues in a fresh, new manner
that they will remember and act on.

AFFORDABLE - Priced at $199, it is a fraction of the cost of travel and
attendance fees for other high-priced conferences or seminars.

** "Proven Employee Recognition Strategies that Boost Morale
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** Live, 60-Minute Webinar Conference **
** Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET **

Register now for this exciting event by clicking the following link or
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We hope you'll join us.

Sincerely,

Executive Education
P.O. Box 31
Devault, PA 19432
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FLY IN, FLY OUT FRASER COAST & NATIONAL MINING JOBS

March 5th, 2011

MONEY TO COME INTO FRASER COAST WITH A FLY IN FLY OUT FORMAT
26 February 2011

Fly In Fly Out-Fill out the survey


Our collegaues at Regional Innovations Australia are conducting an online survey to ascertain the number of people who are interested  in living in the Wide Bay area of Queensland and using the Fraser Coast  airports as a fly in fly out hub to mining destinations.

The establishment of a Fly in Fly Out (FIFO) hub during the curent Australian mining boom could be a major economic boost for lifestyle areas who otherwise will miss out on the  great mining boom.

Achieving a target of even 1000 people living  in a coastal area and working in remote mining locations could generate a minimum $100,000,000 to $150,000,000 in wages to an economy.

The aim is to determine commercial and economic opportunities around the creation of a FIFO hub on Queensland’s Fraser Coast for those within 1 1/2 hours driving distance of Hervey Bay.

The survey can be taken at:

http://svy.mk/flyinflyout

Please pass the link on to your networks and people who may be interested.

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FRASER COAST BUSINESSES REQUIRED TO SUPPLY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WITH GOODS & SERVICES

March 3rd, 2011

DEPT OF EDUCATION & TRAINING
REQUIRES SUPPLIERS OF GOODS/SERVICES IN THE FRASER COAST

Hello,

My name is Matt Anderson and I am contacting you on behalf of the
Department of Education and Training. We are currently in the process of
creating a number of Preferred Supplier Arrangements which will set up
contracts between suppliers of goods and educational and training
institutes. We are investigating prospective suppliers in your local
area and would greatly appreciate your assistance in locating some
suitable candidates.

If you have a local business directory, could you please send a copy to:

Matt Anderson
Education House
30 Mary Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Alternatively could you please send us a list of the following suppliers
in your area. Suppliers of:
*	Food products
*	Limited to businesses that supply food to
businesses/organisations
*	Art and craft products
*	Suppliers, wholesalers or outlets
*	Sporting goods
*	Suppliers, wholesalers or outlets

Although we are looking at businesses in your local area, please do not
limit your response to "local businesses" as such, we are looking for
all businesses that fit the above categories in your area including
chain stores, national companies and local businesses.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated,

Kind regards,

Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson Procurement Graduate | Business Services Category
Corporate Procurement Branch
Department of Education and Training

Floor 13 | Education House | 30 Mary Street | Brisbane Qld 4000
T 323 71196 | F 322 91767 | E Matthew.ANDERSON@deta.qld.gov.au |
http://deta.qld.gov.au/
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INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY CELEBRATIONS BY THE FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL

March 3rd, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE
24 February 2011
International Women’s Day morning tea


The Fraser Coast is now on the map of centres joining the National Rural Women’s Coalition to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, 8 March 2011.
The National Rural Women’s Coalition has invited women across the country to join them at a Morning Tea and Interactive Webinar with ABC radio and television host, Geraldine Doogue.
The morning teas will be linked together by webcams.
Fraser Coast Regional Councillor Belinda McNeven has enthusiastically taken up the charge to celebrate.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Women of the Fraser Coast to meet in Maryborough and hear from Geraldine Doogue as well as other women from across Australia. International Women’s Day is all about working together – we are looking forward to the women of the Fraser Coast sharing their stories.”
The morning tea will connect women across the country to provide a unique opportunity for women in rural, regional and remote areas to network and learn about the National Rural Women’s Coalition’s latest initiative – the National Rural Women’s Network.
Belinda said that it was fantastic to have an event of this calibre being organised on our doorstep and congratulated the National Rural Women’s Network on the great work they do.
Cr McNeven said “It’s great to see Maryborough on the map with the other areas across Australia that are joining in the morning tea.” Those locations can be seen at
http://www.nrwc.com.au/events/iwd-council-locations/
The Fraser Coast morning tea and Interactive Webinar will be held at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough on International Women’s Day, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 from 10am to 11.30am.
Bookings are essential as space limitations limit the venue to 50 participants.
The register contact Toni Souvlis on 4197 4458 or Kellie McElligott on 4190 5747 by Thursday, 3 March.

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LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD AT HERVEY BAY UNI ON MAY 25TH-26TH 2011

March 3rd, 2011

Dear Members & Supporters,

Regional Innovations Australia
Creating Special Places
Through
Regional Leadership Symposium
USQ, Hervey Bay
25 – 26 May, 2011

We are pleased to be able to support the inaugural Regional Innovations Australia Creating Special Places Through Regional Leadership Symposium to be held in Hervey Bay, Queensland on the 25th and 26th May at the USQ campus.

The Symposium will discuss key issues impacting the regions and how communities can create or in some cases re-create their own special places.

With a line up of world-class speakers, including special guests from Vail Colorado, National and International Business Leaders, Academic Regional Specialists and Industry Professionals this will be an event not to be missed.

We look forward to welcoming you as our guest in Hervey Bay.   Additional details and booking information can be found at http://www.regionalinnovations.org/workshop/special-places-symposium


Bernard Whebell
President

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NOMINATE NOW FOR THE TELSTRA BUSINESS AWARDS 2011

March 3rd, 2011

2011 Telstra Business Awards-


Australians are urged to celebrate the nation’s best small and medium businesses by nominating them for the 2011 Telstra Business Awards.

Entries are open  for the Awards program in its 19th year of recognising excellence in business. It is bigger than ever in 2011 with the introduction of two new Awards, the Telstra Regional Business Award and the People’s Choice Award.

For the second year, entrants in the Awards can elect to receive a 70-page Business Health Check, an independent report that assesses a company’s performance against best practice and can help in identifying opportunities for growth.

For finalists and winners, the Awards offer accolades, public profile and the privilege of joining an exclusive national business alumni. Winners will share $500,000 in overall cash and prizes.

Deena Shiff, Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Telstra Business Awards Ambassador, said the Awards were the best way to recognise the contribution made by small and medium businesses.

“Many are built on adversity and overcome obstacles – as communities across Australia face immense challenges such as rebuilding after the recent natural disasters, small businesses are making an enormous contribution,” Ms Shiff said.

“As Australia’s longest-running and most prestigious national business Awards, they play an important part in supporting the development of this diverse sector. The Awards celebrate not just success in business but also the skills and innovation needed to breathe life into an emerging business idea.

“Nominating businesses for the Awards shines a light on the courage, persistence and sheer hard work behind their achievements as well as opening entrants to a unique evaluation process that provides a ‘health check’ of invaluable insights that can help them grow and thrive.

“Winning a Telstra Business Award often catapults a business on to bigger and better things, with previous winners expanding across the country and overseas.

“The state and territory Telstra Regional Business Award is a chance to highlight the success and importance to local economies of regional businesses while the Telstra Business Awards People’s Choice Award will allow customers and supporters to vote for their favourite businesses and recognise the service, values, innovation and other strengths that the businesses offer,” Ms Shiff said.

Mr Peter Lilley, co-founder and CEO of the 2010 Telstra Australian Business of the Year, stratsec, said winning the Award was a fantastic honour for the company that provides independent information security consulting and testing services. The win has been followed by stratsec’s acquisition by British information security company BAE Australia as well as new cyber security opportunities for stratsec in South-East Asia and the Middle East.

“The reputation boost and recognition in international markets afforded by that kind of independent Award is incredibly important,” Mr Lilley said.

The 2011 Telstra Business Awards have six Award categories:

1. Business Owner Micro-Business Award – For businesses with five employees or fewer.

2. MYOB Small Business Award – For businesses with more than five employees but less than or equal to 20 employees.

3. Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award – For businesses with more than 20 employees but less than or equal to 200  employees.

All entrants will be considered for the following two specialist Awards:

4. AMP Innovation Award – For businesses that have successfully introduced an innovation.

5. Yellow Pages Social Responsibility Award – For demonstrated leadership and contribution by a business to the environment, people, education or the community.

6. Telstra Regional Business Award – For businesses in each state and territory located outside the metropolitan areas of the capital cities.

The  People’s Choice Award is open to all submitted entrants in the Telstra Business Awards. It gives the Australian public the opportunity to vote for their favourite businesses via the Telstra Business Awards website from early April.

To nominate and enter go to telstrabusinessawards.comor call the Telstra Business Awards Team on 1800 262 323 between 9am and 7pm AEST Monday to Friday. Entries close at 5pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday 4 April 2011.

Category Awards are offered in each state and territory, and an overall state or territory winner is selected from the category winners.

Winners of state and territory categories are then eligible to take out national categories, with the overall state and territory winners eligible to win the 2011 Telstra Australian Business of the Year, which will be announced at a gala event in Melbourne on 26 August 2011.

Media contacts:
Kathryn McFarlane    0419 850 201      Telstra
Marcela Balart             0422 483 371      Lighthouse Communications Group

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