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ACFA Webinar – Get the scoop from Salone del Mobile.Milano 2024

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Explore the forefront of design innovation straight from Salone del Mobile.Milano! Get the scoop on the most innovative products and design ideas, offering a glimpse into the exciting trends and inspirations of 2024 and beyond

Meet the Presenter:

Melanie Gardener has worked in the kitchen & bathroom industry for the past 24 years and is currently Editor of the popular industry blog The Kitchen & Bathroom Blog which is an online resource for the kitchen and bathroom industry. Launched in 2013, the blog provides updates for the industry on new products, design trends, showroom openings, industry awards and other items of relevance for anyone in the kitchen and bathroom, interior design, building or architecture industries.

Melanie regularly attends kitchen and bathroom shows both in Australia and overseas and often undertakes public speaking engagements with both consumer and industry audiences to report on the latest designs, ideas and innovations. She has also spoken at specific industry events about marketing and PR within this highly-specialised sector.

Together with Simon Hodgson, she also plans tours for Australian designers to significant overseas trade shows including Salone del Mobile.Milano, Interzum and ISH, through their business Australian International Design Tours. The 2025 tour to iSalone and Euroluce is currently in the planning stages. She also works as a freelance consultant to the industry, providing editorial, copywriting, and marketing, including work for various industry associations. Melanie was previously the Managing Editor of the highly successful Kitchens & Bathrooms Group of titles published by Universal Magazines until 2010.

15 May 2024

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These amendments give …

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Update from Product Safety Australia – Toppling Furniture

20 May 2024
15 Min Read

Furniture suppliers will be required to provide safety warnings to consumers about the dangers of toppling furniture, after the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon. Stephen Jones, made a new information standard for toppling furniture, the Consumer Goods (Toppling Furniture) Information Standard 2024.

This new standard applies to certain types of furniture and will require suppliers to attach a permanent warning label to furniture; include safety information and advice about anchoring furniture in manuals and assembly instructions; and provide warnings about the hazards of toppling furniture in furniture stores and online.

Suppliers must comply with these requirements from 4 May 2025.

Products the mandatory standard applies to

Freestanding household furniture can be dangerous if it falls or topples over.

Warnings and safety information must be provided when supplying these 3 categories of furniture.

Category 1

A clothing storage unit or bookcase with a height of 686 mm or more. A clothing storage unit is an item of furniture intended to primarily store clothes. It has one or more doors or drawers.

Category 2

Entertainment units of any height typically used for housing televisions, home theatre systems or gaming consoles.

Category 3

Hall tables, display cabinets, buffets, and sideboards with a height 686 mm or greater.

Products the mandatory standard does not apply to

The mandatory standard excludes:

  • furniture that was bought by a consumer and is being resold
  • second-hand furniture, including furniture that was previously bought and used commercially
  • furniture designed to be fastened to a wall or other structure and that can’t be used unless it’s attached.
15 May 2024

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These amendments give …

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New Model WHS Regulations Agreed for Engineered Stone Ban by WHS Ministers

15 May 2024
15 Min Read

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

These amendments give effect to the engineered stone ban from 1 July 2024 and provide further regulation of all materials containing crystalline silica from 1 September 2024.

The first set of amendments to the model WHS Regulations includes 2 new national frameworks relating to the implementation of the engineered stone ban, one for notifying a WHS regulator about permitted work with legacy engineered stone and the other for applications for exemptions for certain types of engineered stone, from 1 July 2024.

The second set of amendments will give effect to stronger regulation of all materials containing crystalline silica, from 1 September 2024.

Individual jurisdictions must make the amendments within their respective work health and safety laws to implement the ban in their jurisdiction from 1 July 2024 and the stronger regulation of all materials containing crystalline silica from 1 September 2024.

Western Australia and South Australia will have transitional arrangements in place from 1 July 2024 to 31 December 2024. Queensland and Victoria will not have a transitional period for the ban, with all other jurisdictions yet to confirm. For an outline of timelines, an overview of jurisdictional transitional arrangements, links to jurisdiction-specific resources, and frequently asked questions, please click the link below to the Safe Work Australia engineered stone ban website:

Safework Australia are also currently developing guidance to support PCBUs understand how the amendments to the model WHS Regulations will affect them. It is expected this guidance will be released by Safework Australia in early June 2024 to assist PCBUs and workers understand and comply with the engineered stone ban, ahead of the 1 July 2024 implementation.

To read the full details of the communique from the WHS ministers meeting click the link below:

ACFA will continue to keep the industry updated in relation to the ban on engineered stone and will continue to raise our industry challenges through representation on the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Work Health and Safety Committee and Silica Reference groups.

If you haven’t already done so, ACFA would encourage you to speak with your supplier on alternative options as more options continue to become available that may suit your business or customers. 

ACFA Members

ACFA members, can contact our workplace advice team for assistance in relation to employment matters which may impact your business.

Members can also view and download resources from the ACFA Member Portal WHS/ Crystalline Silica Tab – please remember to enter your username and password to be able to access the member only resources

Please contact our workplace advice team either by email at membership@acf.net.au or phone our toll-free number on 1300 342 248.

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2024 ACFA Industry Awards | Why Enter

09 May 2024
15 Min Read

Why Enter the ACFA Industry Awards?

The 2024 ACFA Industry Awards nominations are now open, and this is why you should consider entering:      

Recognition and Exposure:
  • Showcase Excellence: Display your outstanding projects and skilled team members, highlighting your commitment to quality and innovation.
  • Achieve National Recognition: Gain acknowledgment for your achievements within the industry, setting your business apart.

Marketing and Promotion:

  • Benchmark Excellence: Compare your efforts with peers and competitors to showcase your industry leadership.
  • Enhanced Visibility: Increase business awareness through extensive marketing opportunities and media exposure.
  • Media Features: Have your business and achievements prominently featured in: Industry magazines ACFA’s Award Digital Magazine ACFA’s newsletters, website, and social media channels

Networking Opportunities:

  • Celebrate Success: Attend the prestigious Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner. This event is not only a great opportunity to showcase your business achievements but also serves as a fantastic morale booster for your team.
  • Build Connections: Network with industry leaders and peers, opening doors to new collaborations and opportunities. These connections can provide new ways to work together, find suppliers, or get advice that really makes a difference to help your business stand out.

Exclusive Rights:

  • Leverage Achievements: Use the ACFA finalist/winner logo to enhance your business’s credibility and attract new clients on your marketing materials and digital platforms.

Additional Visibility:

  • Continuous Promotion: Enjoy ongoing promotion through ACFA’s media releases and social media activities before and after the Awards Dinner, maximising exposure.
  • Enhanced Online Presence: Increase your business’s online visibility. Being a finalist or winner can enhance your brand’s presence on various digital platforms, drawing attention from potential clients and industry professionals alike.

Project Eligibility:

  • Broad Eligibility: Open to projects completed between January 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024, including those not previously entered.
  • Reappraise Past Projects: A chance to submit projects that missed last year’s deadline.

ACT NOW!

Early Bird Advantage: Nominate your projects and standout staff members before the Early Bird deadline to take advantage of discounted entry fees.

Enter the ACFA Industry Awards to shine a spotlight on what you and your team have achieved. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate your hard work and success— get your entries ready today!

15 May 2024

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These amendments give …

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Kitchen + Bath Show 2024

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Australian Cabinet and Furniture Association (ACFA) to Showcase at the Inaugural Kitchen + Bath Show, Sydney 2024

The Australian Cabinet and Furniture Association (ACFA) is excited to announce our partnership with the inaugural Kitchen + Bath Show, set to take place from 13th to 15th June 2024, in Sydney.

The Kitchen + Bath Show will be hosted alongside the esteemed ArchiBuild Expo and Design Show Australia, creating a powerhouse trio of events that promises to offer a diverse range and opportunity for industry professionals. The synergy of these co-located events will bring together a vast network of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, cabinet makers, joiners, designers, architects, fit-out specialists, and building professionals.

This event emerges from the evolution of the Kitchen + Bath Zone at Design Show Australia, now expanded into a dedicated showcase tailored to the expanding industry of kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and home storage in Australia.

The co-location of these events offers an immense value proposition, facilitating networking opportunities, knowledge sharing, and access to the latest trends and innovations in interior design, architectural building products, and systems.

Attendees visiting the ACFA stand can look forward to engaging discussions, networking opportunities, and and discover how members have access to a wealth of knowledge and resources tailored to the unique needs of the cabinetmaking and joinery industries.

Featuring a diverse range of products – from appliances to tapware to components and fittings and everything in between, Kitchen + Bath offers a unique environment to learn, network and explore the latest trends and new products that push the boundaries of design, technology and innovation.

The ACFA Team will be on hand to offer advice, share industry updates, and discuss membership benefits that can help businesses navigate the complexities of the cabinetmaking and furniture industry.

Event Details

Date

June 13, 2024

Time

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue

ICC Sydney

Address

Darling Harbour
15 May 2024

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These amendments give …

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Sharpening your personal saw!

23 Apr 2024
15 Min Read

ACFA’s New Business Finance course is designed with owners and managers of Cabinet and Furniture Making businesses in mind. 

Gain a deeper understanding to make educated decisions to ensure the best outcome for the growth of your business!

The ever changing landscape we operate has led ACFA to develop the first of multiple short business courses to empower business owners and managers to further their knowledge and take the time to understand their business in greater depth. 

Designed to be easy to understand with industry examples

Why Complete the course?

  • Gain knowledge to make informed business decisions and plan for the future,
  • Formulate plans for growth and manage fluctuations to avoid financial pitfalls
  • Enables business owners to allocate resources efficiently
  • Manage risks effectively by having all the right information,
  • Communicate confidently with stakeholders, 
  • Help your key employees understand what it takes to run a business.  
  • Ensure your understand your responsibilities as a Director of a Business under the Corporations Act 2001 

This course utilises ACFA’s Online Learning Tools, meaning you can learn at your own pace in your own time. 

How can this course benefit Me?

This course is easily accessible for anyone looking to upskill in business finance, whether you have a basic understanding, new to running a business or want a refresher – this course has been designed to cater for all learning levels. 

Already have a strong understanding? This course is a great way to upskill and resource your team better by training senior employees and administration teams so they understand the factors that go into business decisions only makes your business stronger. 

Each Module takes between 1 & 2 hours to complete. This means you can progress at your own pace with one module at a time or undertake larger blocks – whatever suits your schedule best!

The exercises are designed to be thought provoking, allowing each person undertaking the course to use their experience to enable them to make changes across the business to save money, become more profitable and maximise cash flow.  

15 May 2024

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These amendments give …

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Upcoming WorkSafe Victoria Workshops

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FREE Education Programs by WorkSafe Victoria

Our popular online manual handling education programs are coming to an end in May.  

The sessions have been purpose-built to help business owners, managers and supervisors navigate the often-misunderstood terms ‘hazardous manual handling’ and ‘MSDs’.

A team of OHS experts and ergonomists will help you identify warning signs at work, prompt consultation with your workers and ultimately – help you set measures in place to protect your staff from injury.

This new educational program is free for small to medium sized businesses (0-199 staff) in Victoria, from any industry.

Facilitated by experts in ergonomics and OHS, participants will receive practical feedback and advice on managing the risks of hazardous manual handling in the workplace.

This session covers:

  • Hazardous manual handling and musculoskeletal disorder basics
  • OHS compliance requirements
  • How to identify hazardous manual handling in your workplace and prioritise tasks for action
  • How to conduct a risk assessment
  • Applying the hierarchy of control
  • Reviewing and monitoring risk controls

Details: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Running Weekly Until 21st May 2024

  • Tue, 30 April
  • Tuesday – 7 May
  • Tuesday – 14 May
  • Tuesday – 21 May

Ask an ergonomist Q&A sessions are an opportunity to ask any workplace-specific questions you have around manual handling concerns and setting up safe and ergonomically healthy workplaces.

Facilitated by ergonomists, the sessions will provide free, customised advice for your situation, and also allow you to hear from others in a range of industries.

Real life case studies will also be discussed in each session.

15 May 2024

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These amendments give …

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National Construction Code (NCC) Roadshow

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Roadshow registrations now open – learn about proposed NCC changes

Registrations for our ABCB Roadshow event series are now open. The events will be held in each capital city across Australia, and also online, between Wednesday 8 May and Friday 7 June 2024.

These events provide an opportunity to learn about the proposed changes to the next edition of the National Construction Code (NCC). The ABCB staff will be discussing these changes and there will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions during the event.

The events are free to attend but places are limited, so registration is essential. Visit our events page to view all available sessions and register now.

15 May 2024

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These amendments give …

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Prohibition of the use of Engineered Stone | Next Steps from Ministers

25 Mar 2024
15 Min Read

Commonwealth, State and Territory Work Health and Safety (WHS) Ministers met on Friday 22nd March 2024 to agree on a number of key implementation matters associated with a prohibition on the use of engineered stone benchtops, panels and slabs and to endorse a stronger regulatory framework to manage the risk of exposure to respirable crystalline silica from other materials and products.

Ministers agreed draft amendments to the model WHS laws to give effect to the prohibition on the use of engineered stone from 1 July 2024. These amendments:

  • make clear that the prohibition applies to engineered stone benchtops, panels and slabs,
  • specify that all sintered stone and porcelain products (including benchtops, panels and slabs) are excluded from the prohibition, and for the avoidance of doubt, clarify that porcelain products and sintered stone for this purpose are products that do not contain resin, and
  • clarify that finished engineered stone products (such as jewellery, garden ornaments, sculptures, kitchen sinks) which do not require processing or modification, and pose minimal risk to the health and safety of workers, are not prohibited

Ministers agreed jurisdictions may adopt a transition period for contracts entered into prior to the announcement of the prohibition. This means that work that involves the supply, installation or processing of engineered stone benchtops, panels and slabs between 1 July 2024 and 31 December 2024 would be exempt from the prohibition provided the work is carried out under, or for the purposes of, a contract that provides for the installation of engineered stone entered into on or before 31 December 2023. Activities undertaken during this period must be appropriately controlled and will be subject to stronger WHS regulations for high-risk crystalline processes, also agreed at the meeting

Once amendments are finalised, Ministers agreed to implement these regulations by 1 September 2024 for all work with substances containing at least 1 per cent crystalline silica. In the interim, regulations prohibiting uncontrolled processing of engineered stone, sintered stone and porcelain benchtops, panels and slabs will continue to apply.

Safe Work Australia will provide advice relating to further development of the exemption framework to WHS Ministers for consideration by the end of April 2024.

Ministers agreed to meet again in May 2024 To read the full details of the communique click the below link, Friday 

Supporting the Industry

ACFA will keep the industry updated in relation to the ban on engineered stone and developments from further Ministers meetings and will continue to raise our industry challenges through representation on the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Work Health and Safety Committee and Silica Reference groups.

If you haven’t already done so, ACFA would encourage you to speak with your supplier on alternative options as more options continue to become available that may suit your business or customers

15 May 2024

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These amendments give …

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Energy Bill reflief fund for small business

25 Mar 2024
15 Min Read

NSW Energy Efficiency Grants for Small Business – Round 2 – Businesses have until April 8 to apply for the $25,000 grant

Round 2 of the Energy Efficiency grants are now open to small and medium businesses in NSW. 

The grant provides eligible businesses with up to $25,000 to purchase energy efficient equipment to reduce and manage energy usage and costs.

This grant aims to support businesses to upgrade or replace inefficient equipment to improve their energy efficiency and will cover up to 100 per cent of eligible expenditure.

Grants will be awarded to suitable applicants on a first come, first served basis until the funding is exhausted. There is a total of $41.241 million available in Round 2.

Applications are open to businesses with a headcount between 1 and 199 employees. Businesses who received grant funding from round 1 of this program are not eligible to apply for this grant.

Applications close Monday 8 April 2024 5:00pm AEST.

NSW Energy Efficiency Grants for Small Business – Round 2 – Businesses have until April 8 to apply for the $25,000 grant

Round 2 of the Energy Efficiency grants are now open to small and medium businesses in NSW. 

The grant provides eligible businesses with up to $25,000 to purchase energy efficient equipment to reduce and manage energy usage and costs.

This grant aims to support businesses to upgrade or replace inefficient equipment to improve their energy efficiency and will cover up to 100 per cent of eligible expenditure.

Grants will be awarded to suitable applicants on a first come, first served basis until the funding is exhausted. There is a total of $41.241 million available in Round 2.

Applications are open to businesses with a headcount between 1 and 199 employees. Businesses who received grant funding from round 1 of this program are not eligible to apply for this grant.

Applications close Monday 8 April 2024 5:00pm AEST.

View the full list of requirements and apply for the grant at business.gov

15 May 2024

On Friday 10 May 2024, WHS ministers agreed to 2 sets of amendments to the model WHS Regulations, which will help protect workers from silicosis caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica. These amendments give …

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