Grants program to help educate small business about changes to modern awards

26 May 2010

Australia's leading employer and industry groups are being invited to join with the Fair Work Ombudsman to educate small businesses about changes to modern awards.

Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson has written to about 40 peak national bodies (see below) encouraging them to come up with ideas for new guidance materials to help raise awareness among employers.

Grants of up to $104,000 are available under a $2.7 million Shared Industry Assistance Projects (SIAP) scheme for initiatives to be delivered between July and December this year.

Industries targeted for attention include retail; accommodation, cafes, restaurants and clubs; construction; hairdressing and beauty services; manufacturing; administrative and clerical support services; professional, scientific and technical services; public administration and safety and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

Mr Wilson says he is keen to work collaboratively with industry and employer groups to deliver practical assistance to employers on the transition to modern awards.

"The industries we have identified are those we think are most in need of targeted information," he said.

"Improving community awareness about workplace relations is a job we take seriously and our aim is to provide direct and immediate access to information and resources that is practical, helpful and accurate."

The Fair Work Ombudsman also has a range of tools and resources on its website - - to assist employers understand changes to workplace relations, including the National Employment Standards and Modern Awards.

Small to medium-sized businesses without human resources staff can also ensure they are following best practice by using free template employment documentation available online.

Employers seeking assistance or further information can also contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 from 8am-6pm weekdays. For translations, call 13 14 50.

Fair Work inspectors will visit up to 50,000 businesses in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania over the next three years to provide information and assistance to employers who have entered the national workplace relations system on January 1 for the first time.

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, Director, Media & Stakeholder Relations,
0419 818 484

Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924


Peak bodies invited to participate in the Shared Industry Assistance Projects

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Australian Industry Group

Australian Federation of Employers and Industries

Australian Chamber Alliance

National Retail Association

Australian Retailers Association

Master Grocers Association

Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Motor Trades Association of Australia

Australian Hotels Association

The Licensed Clubs' Association of Australia

Restaurant and Catering Australia

Master Builders Association

National Electrical Contractors Association

Housing Industry Association

Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia

Hair & Beauty Australia

Furnishing Industry Association of Australia

Australian Glass and Glazing Association Inc

Australian Paint Manufacturers' Federation Inc.

Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia

Printing Industries Association of Australia

Timber Merchants Association

Baking Manufacturers' Industry Association of Australia

Australian Meat Industry Council

National Aged Care Alliance

Aged & Community Services Australia

Aged Care Association Australia

Australian Private Hospitals Association

Australian Medical Association

Australian Council of Social Services

Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers

Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation

Building Services Contractors Association of Australia

Australian Cleaning Contractors' Association

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia

Association of Consulting Engineers Australia

Australian Security Industry Association Limited

Horticulture Australia Council

National Farmers Federation

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