WorkCover NSW is currently touring western NSW to provide work health and safety advice to local businesses and workers.


The aptly named Safety Bus will be travelling (presumably 5 k’s under the speed limit, just to be on the safe side) in its visit to Forbes, Parkes and Condobolin during this week to provide advice on the new work health and safety laws, changes to high-risk work licences and WorkCover’s Small Business Rebate Program.


“The tour is part of WorkCover’s comprehensive efforts to support NSW business and will provide an opportunity for local businesses and workers to ask questions and learn more about the new laws and licensing changes,” Director of Operations for WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division Peter Dunphy said.



WorkCover Safety Bus Tour dates and locations:
9.30am – 11am, Tuesday, 7 August, Harold Street, Forbes (adjacent to the Town Hall)
9.30am – 11am, Wednesday 8 August, Bathurst & McDonnell St, Condobolin
9.30am – 11am, Thursday, 9 August, Clarinda Street, Parkes (Central Business District)


Further information on the new laws, licensing changes and WorkCover’s Small Business Rebate is available from or by calling 13 10 50.


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The Education and Employment Committee has announced it will be taking its workplace bullying inquiry onto the road once more, visiting Adelaide and Perth on August 7 and 8 respectively.


The Committee will hear from industry groups, representatives of unions, organisational psychologists, workplace consultants, academic experts and the broader community, including the victims of workplace bullying.


“The Committee continues to receive a strong response to its call for written submissions, particularly from individuals recounting their personal experiences, and is seeking to explore issues associated with workplace bullying in greater detail,” Committee Chair Amanda Rishworth said.


“Bullying has serious consequences for individuals and the wider community. Every Australian has a right to feel safe and respected at work. While it is not the role of the Committee to intervene in or consider individual cases, we welcome submissions from employers, employees and their representative organisations regarding proposals and suggestions for securing workplaces against bullying at a national level.”


Adelaide program

Date:                       Tuesday, 7 August


Venue:                    Terrace Room (second floor), South Australian Parliament


Time:                      8:15 am      Chair’s opening statement

                                8:20 am     Youth Affairs Council of South Australia

                                8:55 am     SA Government (Safe Work SA and Office of the Employee Ombudsman)

                                9:30 am     Australian Lawyers’ Alliance

                                10:00 am   Unions – SDA, AMWU and ASU SA and NT Branch

                                10:35 am        Break

                                10:50 am        Thompson’s Lawyers and Dr Moira Jenkins

                                11:25 am     SA Unions and Young Worker’s Legal Service

                                12 noon        Short break

                                12:05 pm     Impact Statements

                                1:00 pm       close


Perth program

Date:                       Wednesday, 8 August


Venue:                    Legislative Council Committee Office, Committee Room 1, Parliament of Western Australia, Ground Flood, 18-32 Parliament Place, West Per


Time                        8:30 am   Chair’s opening statement

                                8:35 am       Law Society of Western Australia and Prof. Omari

                                9:10 am       Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia

                                9:45 am       Unions WA and affiliates

                                10:30 am     Break

                                10:45 am     Equal Opportunity Commission Western Australia

                                11:20 am     Sally JEtson and Associates

                                11:55 am     Short Break

                                12 noon       Impact Statements

                                1:00 pm       Close


Live on (audio only). Please note that Impact statements will not be broadcast.


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NT WorkSafe has announced the Work Health and Safety Advisory Council will be held in Alice Springs on 13 August.


The Council comprises the Regulator, employer organisations, unions and representative from various NT industries including:

  • Construction
  • Transport
  • Health and Community Services
  • Resources
  • Agriculture.


Anyone wishing to discuss matters with the Council are invited to attend an open forum.


Date: Monday 13 August 2012
Time: 6.00pm till 7.00pm
Venue: Ellery Room A, Alice Springs Convention Centre, 93 Barrett Drive.


Council members will be in attendance and welcome your comments and feedback. Please RSVP to the details below by COB Friday 10 August 2012.


Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 8999 5066


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South Australians who undertake high risk work are reminded that there is now less than one month remaining until the deadline for second year conversions to the new national Licence to Perform High Risk Work.


The new licence applies to all those who work with forklifts, hoists, cranes, scaffolding and pressure equipment, as well as those who engage in rigging or dogging work.


The new licence will replace all previously issued ‘tickets’ and qualifications in South Australia and is being rolled out over a five-year transition period through to September 2015.


“We are currently in the second year of the five-year conversion schedule,” said SafeWork SA Executive Director, Bryan Russell.


“This means that anyone who holds an OHS Certification Australia Card or a Notice of Satisfactory Assessment (NSA) for forklift operation issued between  4 April 1995 and 31 December 1998 must convert their qualifications before 1 September 2012,” he said.


“The conversion process takes several weeks from application, so people should not leave this until the last minute or they may not be licensed to work from 1 September.”


The Licence provides photo identification and lists all of the classes of high risk work that the Licence holder is authorised to perform. It can be used in any state or territory in Australia, no matter where in Australia it has been issued.


Anyone with these qualifications that fall within the date range should call the  High Risk Work Conversion Line on 1300 975 909.


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The Australian Logistics Council has launched a bid to tackle long-running pallet issues faced by the logistics industry.


The council has received support from the country’s two largest pallet providers, Chep and Loscam, and has formed a working group to address issues and form a process guideline for dispute resolution for pallet transactions across the supply chain.


The move to establish the council comes after industry groups, including the Victorian Transport Association (VTA), have conducted long-term efforts to seek reform on pallet demurrage regimes. Critics have long called for reform on the basis that pallet charges have become a revenue stream for larger companies, including major retailers, under which transport operators bear the financial cost.


“I certainly don’t underestimate the magnitude of the task we’ve taken on but, if we didn’t do it, who would?” ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff says, adding that, “to some degree, the hardest step in this journey will be the first one.”


Loscam and Chep have voiced their support for the initiative, with Chep Australia & NZ President Phillip Austin looking for “a best practice model to bring increased clarity and efficiency to the pallet hire process” and Loscam Regional Director Daniel Bunnett hoping the working group will “will help drive greater collaboration and transparency across the industry and also deliver greater standardisation and understanding along the entire supply chain”.

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Flinders University has announced it will establish a teaching and research centre at South Australia’s new advanced manufacturing hub in Adelaide’s Tonsley Park.


Flinders University will become a strategic partner in the project, and will invest $120 million in a new building and infrastructure, which is expected to accommodate 2000 students and 150 staff.


The university will offer computer science, engineering and mathematics to undergraduate students, while offering research activities and business collaborations.


Flinders Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Barber, said the University’s investment would enable it to deliver teaching, research and business investment activities aligned with the high-value manufacturing vision for the site.


“This is an exciting opportunity for us to help forge a new future for innovation at Tonsley Park. It demonstrates our commitment to being the higher education partner of choice in southern Adelaide and, in particular, to be recognised as playing a significant role in the economic transformation of this area,” Professor Barber said.


Premier Jay Weatherill welcomed the decision, saying the State Government will invest $2.5 million to support the initial investment.


“Having some of the best and brightest Flinders University researchers and students working at Tonsley Park will help attract high-tech businesses to the redevelopment,” Mr Weatherill said.

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The Victorian Government has launched its new Switch On campaign aimed at helping households reduce their power bills and ease the cost of living.


State Energy and Resources Minister Michael O’Brien said the campaign will focus on providing practical information to help Victorians manage rising energy bills.


"The Switch On campaign is designed to give households information and practical tools to help them manage their consumption and bills with advice on energy efficiency, shopping around for the best retail deal and how to access Coalition Government initiatives," Mr O'Brien said.


The new Switch On website features a range of energy saving tips and tools, including an energy calculator, an interactive energy efficient house and advice on shopping around for the best energy retailer.


For more information on the Switch On campaign visit the website


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Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul. Langbroek, has announced the finalists for the 51st annual Queensland Training Awards.


“These awards are about recognising the state’s best employers, apprentices, trainees, teachers, trainers and vocational students for the work they do to take Queensland forward,” Mr Langbroek said.


“I’m thrilled to be able to acknowledge the people in our vocational education and training sector who are working hard to create a better Queensland for the future.” 

A total of 57 finalists across eleven categories will vie for awards at the state final presentation dinner in Brisbane on Friday 14 September 2012. 

Winners at the state level have the opportunity to progress to the Australian Training Awards held in Melbourne on Friday 16 November. 



Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year 

Alyssa-Marie Jones (Mt Louisa) 
Training Provider: TEC-NQ Limited 
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology 
Employer: Townsville City Council 

Brayden Smith (Eimeo) 
Training Provider: SkillsTech Australia 
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade 
Employer: Hastings Deering 

Dolores Morgan (Benowa) 
Training Provider: Baking Industry Training Australia Pty Ltd 
Qualification: Certificate III in Food Processing (Retail Baking-Combined) 
Employer: Brumby's Bakery 

Lauren Janson-Roberts (Toowoomba) 
Training Provider: Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate III in Hairdressing 
Employer: Minx Contemporary Hair Boutique 

Luke Kennedy (Narangba) 
Training Provider: Southbank Institute of Technology 
Qualification: Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts 
Employer: Digital Screen Printing Australia 

Neil Muller (Yorkey’s Knob) 
Training Provider: Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate III in Electrotechnology 
Employer: Systems Electrician FNQ Electrical Pty Ltd 
Group Training Organisation: Skill360 Australia 

Rachel Bacon (Newport) 
Training Provider: Aviation Australia Pty Ltd 
Qualification: Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics) 
Employer: QANTAS Airways Limited 

Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year 

Amelia Holesgrove (Arundel) 
Training Provider: The Australian Academy of Business Pty Ltd 
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration 
Employer: Dayshelf Fire Systems 
Group Training Organisation: The Australian Academy of Business Pty Ltd 

Amy-Lea Hurtz (Frenchville) 
Training Provider: MRAEL Group,The Training Academy 
Qualification: Certificate III in Business 
Employer: Mrael Limited 

Christie Wiggins (Maroochydore) 
Training Provider: Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration 
Employer: East Coast Apprenticeships 

Megan Emerton (Edmonton) 
Training Provider: Skill360 Australia 
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration 
Employer: Cairns Regional Council 

Robert Geebung (North Rockhampton) 
Training Provider: Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate II in Horticulture 
Employer: Santos 
Group Training Organisation: Golden West Employment Solutions 

Sharine Milne (Townsville) 
Training Provider: Motor Trades Association Queensland 
Qualification: Diploma of Management 
Employer: R.H.D. Classic Supplies & Services 
Group Training Organisation: Motor Trades Association Queensland 

Tahnee Hatfield (Aspley) 
Training Provider: GoodStart Training College 
Qualification: Certificate III in Children's Services 
Employer: GoodStart Early Learning 

School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year 

Ashley De Campo 
Training Provider: Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate III in Aged Care 
Employer: Blue Care - Blue Haven Lodge Ingham 
School: Ingham State High School 

Brady Nemeth 
Training Provider: Axial Training Pty Ltd 
Qualification: Certificate III in Meat Processing (Meat Retailing) 
Employer: Swain Family Meats 
School: Siena Catholic College (Sunshine Coast) 

Hannah Brumley 
Training Provider: Club Training Australia 
Qualification: Certificate III in Hospitality 
Employer: The Royal Mail Hotel 
School: Balmoral State High School 

Lachlan Brand 
Training Provider: Central Queensland Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical) 
Employer: Hastings Deering 
School: Pioneer State High School (Mackay) 

Levi Von Nida 
Training Provider: SkillsTech Australia 
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade 
Employer: RLM Machining and Fabrication 
School: Marsden State High School 

Natasha Adams 
Training Provider: Skill360 Australia 
Qualification: Certificate III in Business Administration 
Employer: PS Complete 
School: St Mary's Catholic College (Cairns) 

Stacey-Lee Kelly 
Training Provider: HB Recruitment and Training 
Qualification: Certificate III in Business 
Employer: Golden West Employment Solutions 
School: Pittsworth State High School 

Vocational Student of the Year 

Bonnie Sargood (Paddington) 
Training Provider: Academy of Makeup 
Qualification: Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services 

Bruce Bradford (Mooloolah) 
Training Provider: TTS Civil Training 
Qualification: Certificate III in Road Construction and Maintenance 

Darren Blackman (Nambour) 
Training Provider: Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 

Emilia Aleksiejczuk (Nerang) 
Training Provider: Aurora Training Institute 
Qualification: Diploma of Human Resources Management 

Joshuah Tindale (Kirwan) 
Training Provider: PGA of Australia 
Qualification: Diploma of Sport Coaching 

Lillian Garrett (North Ipswich) 
Training Provider: The Bremer Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate IV in Community Services Work 

Peter Titlow (Paget) 
Training Provider: Central Queensland Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Diploma of Management 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 

Aaron Bond (Weipa) 
Training Provider: Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade 
Employer: Rio Tinto Alcan Weipa 
Group Training Organisation: Skill360 Australia 

Dallas Robinson (Hivesville) 
Training Provider: Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Healthcare 
Group Training Organisation: Queensland Health 

Dylan Mann (North Rockhampton) 
Training Provider: Franklyn Scholar 
Qualification: Certificate II in Business 
Employer: Commonwealth Bank of Australia 
Group Training Organisation: Aboriginal Employment Strategy 

Lucy-Jean Bell (Wacol) 
Training Provider: Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate III in Companion Animal Services 
Employer: RSPCA Qld 

Luke Kennedy (Narangba) 
Training Provider: Southbank Institute of Technology 
Qualification: Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts 
Employer: Digital Screen Printing Australia 

Neil Williams (Wondai) 
Training Provider: Central Queensland Institute of TAFE 
Qualification: Certificate II in Metaliferous Mining Operations 
Employer: Evolution Mining 
Group Training Organisation: GAGAL - Biloela 

Sharine Milne (Townsville) 
Training Provider: Motor Trades Association Queensland 
Qualification: Diploma of Management 
Employer: R.H.D. Classic Supplies & Services 
Group Training Organisation: Motor Trades Association Queensland 

VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year 

Allan Payne (Gatton) 

Registered Training Provider: Serco Australia Pty Ltd, Southern Queensland Correctional Centre 

Bradley Clark (Airlie Beach) 
Registered Training Provider: Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE 

Danny Platt (Acacia Ridge) 
Registered Training Provider: SkillsTech Australia, Acacia Ridge Training Centre 

Jennifer Walker (Eagle Farm) 
Registered Training Provider: Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, Caboolture Campus 

Mark Oliver (Wurtulla) 
Registered Training Provider: LMC Training Far North Queensland 

Marnie Parker (Wellington Point) 
Registered Training Provider: Redlands College 

Tash Fee (Calliope) 
Registered Training Provider: TNT Training Solutions 

Small Employer of the Year 

DMC Electrical and Air Cooling, Condon 

Flowtech Air Conditioning, Meadowbrook 

Sevenstones Restaurant, Enoggera 

Employer of the Year 

G & S Engineering Services, Mackay 

Ostwald Bros. Pty Ltd, Dalby 

Sea Swift, Portsmith 

Small Training Provider of the Year 

Baking Industry Training Australia 

Club Training Australia 

Help Enterprises 

Large Training Provider of the Year 

Blue Dog Training 

Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE 

Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE 

Premier’s Industry Collaboration Award 

SkillsTech Australia and Santos 
GLNG for Coal Seam Gas and Gas Transmissions Pipeline Operations Training Centre / 

Gold Coast Institute of TAFE 
Hospitality Pre-Employment Short Courses 

Training Connections Australia 
Murray Island Pathways Collaboration 



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The South Australian Government has announced an initiative to streamline building and construction projects that are in the pipeline and valued over $20 million.


Premier Jay Weatherill announced the initiative, which will aim to intensively case manage projects to fruition in a bid to support the state’s construction industry through the ongoing slump in the sector.


Mr Weatherill asked the Economic Development Board, Urban Renewal Authority and the Department of Planning to provide a list of ‘shovel ready’ projects that are valued over $20 million that are currently seeking approval.


“Where additional work is required for approval to be granted, we will appoint a case manager for each project to help expedite the relevant approvals,” Mr Weatherill said.


Mr Weatherill was quick to assure that the proposed changes would not compromise the state’s environmental, planning and safety approval framework.


“But there is a sense of urgency about the circumstances of the building and construction sector,” Mr Weatherill said.


“That’s why we are taking this extraordinary step to ensure that our construction industry is supported.”



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With resource exploration and mining being a key focus of the world's biggest geological congress currently underway in Brisbane, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) will showcase in-house developed software that helps better understand how subsurface groundwater systems behave.


QUT Science and Engineering Faculty Professor Malcolm Cox and his team have developed GVS (Groundwater Visualisation System), which has been specifically designed to represent groundwater systems and associated data, including drillholes water chemistry and surface connections.


"Aquifers can be very complex systems that are traditionally represented using 2D maps," Professor Cox said.


"We have now developed 3D visualisation formats to display these systems, and also a representation of a fourth dimension - time, using animation.


"The system has been applied to a wide range of land types from sand islands to irrigated catchment-wide systems and regional sedimentary basins hosting coal seam gas resources.


"GVS can be used to visualise any existing geological and hydrogeological data and analyse the processes that are going on.  This greatly improves our understanding of groundwater systems and how they function.


"With this technology we are able to show which aquifers individual drillholes are accessing, plus any variations in water levels and relations to surface conditions."


Professor Cox said the GVS could show how measurements and water levels behaved or changed over time and could be related to climatic variations and land use.


He said the information the technology could provide would benefit various resource managers, farmers and communities as well as governments.


The GVS was developed using open-source software and more information can be found at



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The Federal Government has announced the appointment of two new directors to the board of Australia Post. Susan Bitter and Talal Yassine have both been appointed for three years.


"I congratulate Ms Bitter and Mr Yassine on their appointments. They both bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills to the board that will ensure the continued high-quality operation of one of Australia's most important and valued corporations," Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and Telecommunications Senator Stephen Conroy said.


Ms Bitter is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a Director of the Medical Indemnity Protection Society Limited and of the Industry Superannuation Property Trust, where she is Chair of the Audit Compliance Committee.


"Ms Bitter's demonstrated capacity and previous experience as a director mean she will make an excellent addition to the Australia Post board," Minister Wong said.


Mr Yassine OAM is the founder and Managing Director of Crescent Wealth and was previously the Chief Commercial Officer and co-founder of Better Place Australia, a leading global provider of electric vehicle services.


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The newly upgraded Bowmans Intermodal between Port Wakefield and Balaklava has commenced operations, with Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport describing the move as a key step to improving South Australia.


The facility is able to handle twice the volume of freight as before, with projections finding that the facility will mean up to 17,000 fewer truck journeys  to the Port of Adelaide.


South Australian Transport Minister Patrick Conlon said the project involved the construction of a new 10,000m2 hardstand floor and the upgrade of the existing one so that heavy freight containers can be stored and stacked.


“The project also involved the installation of five two-stand outlets to keep refrigerated containers cold while on site, as well as the provision of new lighting and pedestrian walkways,” said Mr Conlon.



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The Queensland Government has announced the appointment of mining industry veteran Barry Golding as a facilitator to test coal companies’ appetite to proceed with the new coal handing facilities at the Port of Abbot Point.


Mr Golding will meet with local companies to discuss their immediate and longer term plans and port capacity requirements to gauge overall demand for the new facilities.


After consultation with industry, Mr Golding will report to the Government later in the year on options about how to proceed with the expansion at Abbot Point.


The appointment of Mr Golding comes after the newly elected Newman Government scrapped previous plans for the construction of a nine coal terminal and 12-berth Multi-Cargo Facility.


The Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Jeff Seeney, said the Government considered the proposals unviable and unworkable.


“The significant scale, complexity and potential impacts of the proposed development and infrastructure were extensive and given current information it would have been many years before the planned capacity would be realistically warranted,” Mr Seeney said.


“For this reason the State Government last May scrapped any further support for the proposed development of Terminals 4 to 9 and the Multi Cargo Facility.


“The focus now will shift to the incremental expansion of port capacity to meet any future demand and Government will be indicating its preference for multi-user terminals as a way to meet short to medium term development.


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The Queensland Government has proposed a $100 million, four-year Floodplain Security System (FSS), which it says could save billions of dollars in future disaster damage.


Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Jeff Seeney, has called on the Federal Government to match the State Government’s spending on the program, which would seek to flood-proof large parts of the state.


Mr Seeney has written to the Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Nicola Roxon, to seek Federal support for the plan. Mr Seeney has said the State Government will commit $40 million for the plan, while expecting Federal and local Governments to make up the rest.


“It is the Queensland Government’s view that the FSS, part of the Royalties for Regions program, should be funded on a 2:2:1 basis with the Commonwealth and State Governments providing $2 million for every $1 million provided by local government,” Mr Seeney said. 


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The South Australian Government has earmarked $200,000 in funding for the Port Pirie Regional Council to help strategic studies into the city’s long term economic development.


State Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis said the funding will help the council determine how to best position itself as a gateway to the state’s mining boom.


ìThese studies will assist us to continue to work with the Member for Frome Geoff Brock and other community leaders in Port Pirie to ensure that the city benefits from the growth of mining activity in the Upper Spencer Gulf,” Mr Koutsantonis said.


The funding will enable studies to examine long-term strategies including:

  • Creating a more effective port by maximising the loading facilities and improving access so as to provide a more economic port option for mining projects;
  •  Facilitating improved facilities and capability at the council-operated Port Pirie Airport to unlock opportunities as a Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) destination for mining companies;
  •  Duplicating or expanding the natural gas pipeline from Whyte Yarcowie leading to Port Pirie and;
  • Expanding skills training within Port Pirie to provide a skilled work force for the mineral resources and mining services sector, in particular looking at the feasibility of creating a mining school in Port Pirie
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The Western Australian Government has confirmed $161 million will be spent on local roads across the State, an increase of $16 million from last financial years.


The funding for the Local Roads program will see continued support for the upgrading and maintenance of local roads.


“This funding for local government is provided through a five-year agreement signed last year between the State and the Western Australian Local Government Association.  Under the agreement, 27 per cent of all vehicle registration fee collections are provided to local government to assist in maintaining and improving their road network,” State Transport Minister Troy Buswell said.


The Minister said the Local Roads program provided funding to important areas including:


  • Road Project Grants ($78.582million) - for specific road improvements, provision of new roads and major preservation works such as resealing to maintain the road asset
  • Direct Grants ($17.147million) - for council road preservation or capital works at local government’s discretion
  • Traffic management and road safety initiatives ($34.332million) - for the installation and maintenance of road signage, pavement  markings and other infrastructure
  • State initiatives on local roads ($22.555million) - supporting local road projects that provide a wider community benefit
  • Bridges ($4.549million) - for improvements and maintenance of bridges on local roads
  • Aboriginal community access ($1.496million) - for maintaining access roads serving Aboriginal communities.



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The Federal Government has announced Cairns as the host city for the G20 Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ meeting in 2014.


The meeting will bring together leaders, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from major developing and advanced economies to address the critical economic and financial challenges facing the world’s economy.


“This is an important and complex meeting to organise and it is critical for the Commonwealth, State and local governments to work together, and that is exactly what we plan to do to deliver a successful meeting,” Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in a statement.


“We will announce shortly the location for a second Finance Ministers' and Central Bank Governors' meeting. The dates for these meetings are still to be finalised.”




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The Federal Government has released the report of the independent review of the Fair Work Act, finding that the current framework is operating as intended and in accordance with legislation.


After evaluating over 250 written submissions from employers, employees and unions, the independent panel provided 53 recommendations to the Federal Government.


Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten thanked the Panel for their work, while ensuring that the Government would consult with the community and stakeholders on the provided recommendations.


“The Government wants to hear the voices of opinion that reach far beyond those found in the written submissions. We want to know what the community at large thinks about the Panel’s recommendations so we can assess the merits of the report,” Mr Shorten said.


“I urge stakeholders to use this opportunity to work constructively with the Government utilising the contributions of the report."


Master Builders Australia (MBA) has lashed out at the conclusions, saying that Panel has ‘sidestepped’ the issues being faced by industry.


“Apart from the recognition that the Fair Work Act is stopping the timely introduction of Greenfields agreements, the report fails to address a number of stark realities faced by builders every day,” MBA CEO Wilhelm Harnisch said.


The Australian Industry Group echoed the Mr Harnisch’s sentiments, saying the changes fall short of what is required.


"The biggest problem with the Fair Work Act Review report is that in virtually all of the key areas, the recommended changes fall short of what is necessary to address the big problems with the Act. It is vital that the Government not make the same mistake when it releases its response to the report," Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox said today.



More information is available here


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A new $90 million partnership between the Federal and Victorian Governments will aim to ensure a ‘bright future’ for the state’s Latrobe Valley coal industries in a future low emissions economy, according to Federal Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson.


Mr Ferguson joined his Victorian counterpart Michael O’Brien in launching the Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program, which will fund development and deployment of emerging technologies to improve the economic recovery of brown coal and reduce emissions from coal-fired electricity generation.



“The Program will ensure continued opportunities for economic growth, employment in the Latrobe Valley region and a sustainable source of energy for Victorian industries and households,” Mr Ferguson said.



“There is also potential for brown coal to develop into a valuable export, which would not be possible without the technological innovation that may also assist in meeting the Government’s emissions reductions targets of five per cent fewer emissions than 2000 levels by 2020.”


The new program will pursue development of more efficient and less emissions-intensive coal upgrading technologies including direct conversion, drying or dewatering of coal and conversion to higher value energy products.


Applications will be assessed by an Independent Assessment Panel with shortlisted projects to be invited to submit a Request for Proposal in December 2012.


Funds will typically be provided over a four-year period, with the first funded projects scheduled to commence construction during the 2013-14 financial year.


Further information on the Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program is available at: and


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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities report, finding that housing prices are continuing to decrease.


The report found that in the year ending in December 2011,  the new Experimental Other Dwellings Price Index fell in all capital cities with an average fall of 3.0%. In comparison, the price of established houses for the eight capitals fell by 4.4% over the same period .  


The ABS found that apartments, unites and semi-detached townhouses experienced a smaller drop in prices in 2011.


In Canberra, apartment, unit and townhouse prices fell 0.6% - the lowest annual fall out of all the capital cities. In comparison, established houses fell in price by 1.8%. 

Brisbane and Adelaide showed falls of 1.2% and 1.7% for apartments, units and townhouses, compared to falls of 5.4% and 4.5% for houses. This trend also continued in Sydney (–2.1% for apartments, units and townhouses; –3.2% for houses) and Melbourne (–4.6% for apartments, units and townhouses; –5.6% for houses). 


Overall, the weighted average cost of housing in the eight capital cities had increased 0.5 per cent in the March to June Quarter, while remaining 2.1 per cent lower than the same time last year.


The full data set can be found here



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The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has published new data that reveals that attrition rates are declining for trainees, while remaining stable for apprentices.


The Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2011 report shows that attrition rates for trainees had fallen from 38.3 per cent to a projected 33.0 per cent between 2008 and 2011. 


By contrast, attrition rates for apprentices had remained largely stable, increasing only slightly from 50.3 per cent to 50.8 per cent over the same period.


“We know completion rates vary by industry and there are many reasons why apprentices and trainees do not finish their apprenticeships,” said Ms Sandra Pattison, General Manager, Statistics, NCVER.


“Apprentice completion rates can be influenced by the employer’s economic circumstances and the apprentice’s individual personal circumstances and choices.”


Looking at individual completion rates, which take into account apprentices and trainees moving between employers, there is no difference between trainees and trade apprentices, with completion rates around 55% for both groups for 2007 commencements.


Copies of Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2011 are available from


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I am Tim Hall; a red-blooded, beer-drinking, Commodore-driving Australian male who has no interest in watching sports – at least, not the sports played by humans.

This week marked an astounding leap forward, scientifically speaking - taking a picture of something that cannot be seen.

Chiropractic is a surprisingly popular form of alternative medicine - so mainstream that it’s hardly ‘alternative’ and so non-scientific that it’s barely ‘medicine’.

Our cars are being programmed to kill us.

Blockchain is the programming that gives Bitcoin its value, but it could be much more than that. Blockchain could change the world.