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  • | 23 Feb 2017

    Skilled Migration

    MIGRATION INFORMATION FOR MASTER BUILDERS MEMBERS Through an agreement with the Department of immigration and Citizenship, Master Builders members can contact an officer of the department who can provide information to members on skilled migration visa issues*. The officer is able to provide ‘in-principle’ advice and information to employers who are seeking to employ overseas […]

  • | 6 Jun 2013

    Traineeship Information

    What is a Traineeship? Traineeships are jobs that combine paid work and structured training. They include: paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement (for example, an award or enterprise agreement) nationally recognised training. A trainee enters into a formal training contract (Indenture) with his/her employer for the duration of the traineeship. When a trainee successfully […]

  • | 6 Jun 2013

    Underage Workers

    The current and on-going labour shortages have given rise to some unexpected risks for employers, including those in the building industry, in employing young employees. The Children and Community Services Act prohibits an employer from employing a young person under 15 years of age save for certain limited occupations such as working in delivering local […]

  • | 6 Jun 2013

    Winter Construction

    Construction in winter poses challenges for clients and builders. The first consideration is that inclement weather could delay the project. Most building contracts entitle the builder to claim time extension for delays due to inclement weather. In the contract there is usually a process whereby the builder must notify the client within a certain period […]

  • | 6 Jun 2013

    Unfair Dismissal

    The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) increases the protection for employees who have been unfairly dismissed. Who can make an unfair dismissal claim? A person can make an unfair dismissal claim if they have: completed the minimum employment period; and are covered by a modern award (or award-based transitional instrument) or an enterprise […]

  • | 6 Jun 2013

    Redundancy in construction

    All Construction Contractors in the general building and construction industry need to be aware of the federal “Building and Construction General On-site Award 2020” which covers employees working on-site. This includes any construction, alteration, extension, repair, maintenance, demolition, or dismantling of buildings that form part of land. Visit the Fair Work website for full details on the Award. The “redundancy” clause […]

  • | 6 Jun 2013

    Safety Awareness Training

    Some of the areas that will be covered in the course are: ·         Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Law  ·         Duty of Care requirements ·         Safety and Health Representatives and Committees ·         Resolution of Workplace Issues ·         The Right to Refuse Work ·         Applying Workplace Policies and Procedures ·         Reporting and Documentation Requirements How much […]

  • | 6 Jun 2013

    Home-based Businesses

    About 1 in every 4 home businesses employs at least 1 person. Most new homes are not designed for the home business, although increasingly provision is being made for a home – office in many new home designs. Your new house design will be an important part of keeping your sanity and a smoothly running […]

  • | 6 Jun 2013

    Preliminary Agreements

    A Preliminary Agreement (PA), or Preparation of Plans Agreement, is a common document used by builders dealing with clients in the early stages of building a new home. These agreements do not involve building work and are preparatory to entering a building contract. Some common features are: the consumer is committed to paying a “deposit”, […]