30 Oct 2017

The rate of worker fatalities has reduced by 49 per cent since the peak a decade ago. That’s according to a new report released by Safe Work Australia. It shows the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has the highest rate of both worker fatalities and serious workers’ compensation claims. SWA’s Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, Australia 2017 includes national statistics on...

25 Oct 2017

Every Australian would receive a "lifelong skills account" to spend as they wished on university or technical education under a new proposal from the Business Council of Australia that would for the first time treat university and vocational education funding the same way. Launching the report at the National Press Club on Wednesday, the council's chief executive Jennifer Westacott will...

25 Oct 2017

The Business Council launched a discussion paper which outlines a new tertiary model that would enable workers to more easily retrain and reskill over their lives.  The world of work is changing. Nobody knows exactly how it will change, but we can be sure that almost every single job will be different; some sectors will be severely disrupted. Against these forces of change, Australia n...

23 Oct 2017

In September 2017 a child sustained serious injuries when a jumping castle became airborne. The child was playing on the inflatable amusement device when a sudden strong gust of wind lifted the front of it up whilst secured at the back to a fence. The child fell from the device to the ground. Although the investigation has not yet been finalised, initial inquiries indicate that the jump...

21 Oct 2017

Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) for significant periods during their teen years are at risk of continuing that trend into their twenties, according to new research released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The report Who are the persistently NEET young people? , which profiles a group of 15-24 year olds who expe...

19 Oct 2017

Industrial manslaughter will become an offence attracting lengthy jail time and significant fines in Queensland after legislation passed State Parliament. The Labor government's bill, sparked by last year's Dreamworld and Eagle Farm tragedies, passed 43 votes to 39 on Thursday but with amendments blocking efforts to extend the reforms to the resources sector.   Under the laws, th...

18 Oct 2017

Panama disease tropical race 4 was confirmed on a second commercial banana farm in the Tully Valley in late July 2017. Although the second detection was unfortunate, it was not unexpected. Panama disease tropical race 4 is an extremely difficult disease to manage. It has a long latency period and can persist in the soil for up to 40 years without host plants and is easily spread in infe...

17 Oct 2017

Licence holders please be aware there have been two important amendments to the Electrical Safety Act 2002 recently. Under section 64C of the Act, the Electrical Licensing Committee may now direct an electrical work licence holder to undertake a competency reassessment where there are reasonable grounds to believe the licence holder may not be competent. Under section 121AA of the Act,...

16 Oct 2017

With the help of fire ant odour detection dogs Calla and Cannon, the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program launched its 10-year eradication plan on the Speaker’s Green at Parliament House on Wednesday 6 September 2017. The $411.1 million program, endorsed by the Agricultural Minister’s Forum in July 2017, will reduce the size of the infestation in a staged, rolling planned ...

13 Oct 2017

There were 66,430 Queenslanders injured on the job last financial year, costing WorkCover Queensland $800 million in statutory claims. That was an increase on the 65,302 statutory claims accepted by the body the previous year - at a cost of $769 million. Statutory claims are when compensation is paid, regardless of who is at fault, and can include weekly payments as income replacement,...