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The NSW Government has announced that the WorkCover Industry Classification (WIC) rates will, for the period from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2014, stay the same as the January to June 2014 policy period.
Employers with a NSW workers compensation policy are allocated to a WIC based on the nature of their business. An employer's basic tariff premium is calculated by multiplying their wages by the WIC rate for the applicable industry.
The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) is conducting the four yearly review of modern awards as required by the Fair Work Act 2009. The review is to be conducted in stages and the initial stage, concerning the legal framework for the review, has already commenced.
The Commission has announced its decision concerning the legal framework. In summary the decision concludes:
Applications for Equal Remuneration Orders have made by United Voice (UV), the Australian Education Union – Victorian Branch, and the Independent Education Union. The applications affect all directors, teachers, educators and support workers in long day care centres or preschools covered by the Children’s Services Award 2010; Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2010; Local Government Industry Award 2010; or Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2010.
The Federal Government introduced into the parliament its first proposed amendments to the Act. The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 (Cth) proposes a number of changes concerned with payment of annual leave loading, individual flexibility agreements, accrual of leave during absences on workers compensation and union rights of entry.
Although the proposed amendments have passed the House of Representatives, the Senate has referred the Bill to a Senate Inquiry. Submissions to the inquiry closed on 24 April 2014.
The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC - composed of State and Federal Education Ministers, chaired by Adrian Piccoli) held its first meeting of 2014 on 11 April 2014. Ministers discussed a variety of significant policy matters related to education and early childhood development.
National Quality Framework regulations