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Coronavirus Info
10 Jun 2021

These Guidelines have been adopted and agreed by the Victorian Building and Construction Unions and

Employer and Industry Associations. The Guidelines have also been endorsed by the Building Industry

Consultative Council. These Guidelines will be regularly updated to reflect changes resulting from

Government announcements, directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and best practices.

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Timber Vaneers
2 Jun 2021

The majority of timber veneer projects utilizing wall, ceiling and joinery panels often require careful matching to fulfil the architect’s/designer’s vision. The most common method of manufacture is to nest panels, have them cut to specific sizes and reassembled into joinery or wall and ceiling pieces. This often results in the veneer from different coloured natural timber veneer logs being mixed, often resulting in unwanted colour and grain variation.

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Icare Nsw Insurance And Care
19 May 2021

Premium Rates 2021-2022

Businesses in NSW will start to receive their workers insurance premium notices for the new financial year. Following notification from the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), icare will proceed with premium rate adjustments from 1.4% of wages to 1.44% of wages for the 2021-22 policy year. This results in an average 2.9% increase across the scheme.

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17 May 2021

If you would like to get involved in government-funded building work, but don’t know where to start there are a number of resources to help you.

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Budget 2021 22
13 May 2021

Announced in the Federal Government Budget 21-22 was the extension of the Apprentice Wage Subsidy to Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements reimbursing employers for the wages of new apprentices and trainees by up to 50%*.

Under the expanded program, the number of eligible places will be uncapped and the duration of the 50% wage subsidy will be increased to 12 months.

Businesses of any size will be able to claim the subsidies for new apprentices and trainees who begin their employment between October 5, 2020, and March 31, 2022, with a maximum amount of $7,000 per quarter available.

The government also plans to provide an additional 5,000 gateway service places and in-training support services to encourage and support more women to enter non-traditional trade jobs.

A new national training register will be established, at a cost of $30.9 million, and the government intends to negotiate a new National Skills Agreement with the states and territories.

Employers who hire apprentices will be given access to a new national apprenticeships portal, which will act as a ‘one-stop-shop’ to manage their apprentice workforces. Apprentices will also be able to use the portal to understand their entitlements.

*Who is eligible? Your business or Group Training Organisation may be eligible if:

  • you engage an Australian Apprentice or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022; and
  • your Australian Apprentice or trainee is undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification and has a training contract that is formally approved by the state training authority.

*Additional eligibility requirements will apply to existing workers.

For answers to frequently asked questions click the below link:

Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements Questions and Answers

Where can employers find further information? For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, you contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

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Acfa Industry Connect Logo
11 May 2021

ACFA brings together the industry at our Industry Connect Events with the next one scheduled in Victoria, Thursday, 3 June 2021 with keynote presentation by Victoria Building Authority relating to the trade registration requirements.

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Hiring 4074021 640
25 Mar 2021

Trainer and Assessor - Southern Suburbs Sydney

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Public Holiday Cloud
30 Nov 2020

List of public holidays for each state and territory in 2020.

These holidays may be subject to change (including additional holidays) by proclamation or gazettal by the relevant state or territory government.

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Head Start
19 Oct 2020

Head Start is an apprenticeship and traineeship pathway that allows school students to spend more time working, while completing the necessary vocational training, and a senior secondary qualification.

Head Start is being delivered through ten clusters of schools across Victoria to enable Head Start students to complete VCE/ VCAL while progressing through to the completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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Apprentice Wage Subsidy 2021
13 Oct 2020

The Australian Government in the Budget 2020/21 announced funding for 100,000 new apprentices and trainees through a $1.2 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement fund.

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