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Workers Memorial Day in Victoria

Tuesday 28 April was Workers Memorial Day and Victorian unions commemorated those who have lost their lives in the workplace. Wreaths were laid at the workers’ memorial outside Victorian Trades Hall. In the past 12 months, 19 workers have been

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Good Year for Construction but What Does the Future Hold?

According to the latest dwelling commencement figures, there have been more home starts across the country in the year to March 2015 than any other 12 month period in history. That is certainly good news for the economy and employment

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New Online Tool Provides employers with Relevant Workers’ Compensation Information

A new online tool developed by WorkCover NSW, “Employer Assist”, aims to help businesses with workers compensation queries. Employers can now gain information more easily via their mobile, tablet, desktop computer etc. The new tool will provide businesses with relevant

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Prefabricated Roads make Construction a Breeze

As the popularity of prefabricated buildings grows, the speed and efficiency at which they allow construction to progress has led to Dutch company Volker Wesslers to develop prefabricated road blocks made from recycled plastic. T he blocks which “fit together

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Learning about Hydrovac Excavation

Buried pipes, cables and conduits can make excavation challenging, which is why the use of hydrovac excavation trucks such as the one above has become so popular with the construction industry. The process is basically much safer and easier than

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Recycling Concrete: How and Where to Reuse Old Concrete

These days almost everything can be recycled which is why I was so happy to discover an extremely helpful article on how to reuse old concrete, especially because concrete can be reused in many ways. If you want to reduce your

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Employers Beware: Crackdown looms on Apprentice Treatment

A nationwide blitz is currently take place focusing on the treatment and payment of apprentice workers. This portion of the workforce are sometimes treated unfairly and the new Fairwork Ombudsman plans to address this by targeting up to 700 businesses.

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Ensure Temporary Migrant Workers Have a White Card

A recent article on RadioAustralia.net.au discussed the increasing prevalence of temporary migrant workers. Having previously been a settler society, Australia has started to make more use of temporary migrant labour. Many workers, in possession of a 457 VISA are being temporarily

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Unsafe Construction Work The Target of Border Inspections

Construction companies in the Albury and Wodonga regions are being warned to be ready for inspections commencing in June which will focus on unsafe construction work. Inspectors from WorkSafe Victoria and WorkCover NSW will again join forces as part of

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Apartment Building and Detached Home Construction Expands Strongly in March

According to The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index apartment building and detached home construction grew substantially in March. The construction sector moved into expansion last month rising by 6.2 points to 50.1 (50 points and above indicates an

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