10 May 2011
Fair Work Ombudsman and partners release new resources to assist employers transition to Modern Awards
Employers are being encouraged to access new educational resources designed to assist them with the transition to Modern Awards.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has jointly developed the resources with some of Australia’s leading employer organisations under its Shared Industry Assistance Project (SIAP) grant program.
Information can be accessed directly from links in the SIAP section of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at www.fairwork.gov.au and are published on the websites of the relevant employer organisations.
Resources include interpretive guides and tables, industry-specific help lines, fact sheets, handbooks and a range of other materials.
Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson says the extensive input from peak employer organisations has ensured the resources are practical, user-friendly and meet the needs of employers, particularly those running small businesses.
“These resources are excellent tools for assisting employers to understand and comply with the Modern Award that covers their business,” Mr Wilson said.
“They are freely available to both members and non-members of employer organisations and are an important addition to the wide range of educative material available on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.”
The SIAP program involved $2.5 million in grants being offered to 15 employer organisations to produce educational resources relating to 25 Modern Awards.
Resources now available cover Modern Awards in the aged care, fast food, retail, pharmacy, horticulture, pastoral, joinery and building trades, road transport, security, construction, hair and beauty, electrical, graphic arts, manufacturing, health, hospitality, clubs, cleaning and clerical industries.
Employers or employees seeking further information or assistance should visit www.fairwork.gov.au or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.
A free Interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.
Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser, Media & Stakeholder Relations
(03) 9954 2561, 0411 430 902
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