The Assistant Treasurer, Senator Nick Sherry, has highlighted a significant strengthening of laws to fight fraudulent 'phoenix' activity which been passed by Parliament. Phoenix activity involves the deliberate liquidation of a company to avoid paying liabilities - including workers' wages and superannuation, debts owed to other business creditors and also taxes. Read more
National Law Bill 2010 was introduced to the Victorian Legislative Assembly and passed its first reading on 10 August, 2010. Victoria is the host jurisdiction for the National Licensing System (NLS) legislation. Following the passing of the legislation in Victoria, all remaining states and territories will pass legislation that makes the Victorian legislation law in their jurisdiction. To progress this national initiative the bill must now also pass the second reading in the Victorian Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. The bill is available from the Victorian legislation and parliamentary documents website
Australian Standard AS3745:2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities
This Standard supersedes AS3745:1995 titled ‘Emergency control organization and procedures for buildings’. The new Standard reflects a more modern and holistic approach to life-safety within facilities and as such, there are significant changes. There is greater recognition for a broader range of emergency situations (i.e. other than the fire focus) including those that could be classified as security risks and threats. There is a reference to security officers who are part of the Emergency Control Organization (i.e. Chief warden and wardens). It has more mandatory requirements.
It is critically important for security companies that have their employees who are part of their client’s Emergency Control Organization (ECO) on premises to ensure that their SOP / Site Instructions and training are consistent with AS3745:2010 and it is further suggested that security companies advise their clients of the new Standard. It is vital that emergency response resources, procedures, training and support documentation are promptly brought in line with the new Standard. Failure to do so, may have implications in terms of occupational, health and safety legislation and your associated duty of care obligations. AS3745:2010 can be purchased from SAI Global at www.saiglobal.com
From 1 January 2011, Australia will have a single, national consumer law: the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).The ACL is a cooperative reform of the Australian Government and the States and Territories, through the Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA). Read more
Australia's first national scheme started on 1 January 2011. It provides eligible working parents with 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay at the National Minimum Wage, currently $570 a week before tax. Paid Parental Leave scheme