June 15, 2020
HIA Awards – Entries close soon
The HIA Awards are your opportunity to be recognised for your outstanding building work. So if there’s a recent project that you’re especially proud of, we encourage you to enter it! But don’t delay, entries close at 5.00pm on June 30. Enter now.
Government Reforms Continue
HIA had asked Government to put on hold some of its reform items so our members can focus on their core business during COVID 19 but a number of new measures have been continuing.
With the commencement of the new workplace manslaughter offence on 1 July 2020, it is more important than ever for members to review their OHS compliance. HIA has held a series of webinars on the new laws and an update is provided in this edition of enews. The release of a discussion paper on Continuing Professional Development signals the government is moving on this reform also - now is the time to have your say and more information is provided in this enews edition as well.
The Government has continued to progress its Wage Theft Bill through Parliament. HIA does not support the deliberate avoidance of wage and superannuation obligations by employers but these matters are covered already by Commonwealth legislation.
The Victorian Building Authority has however reported that trade registration commencement has been delayed until 2021. It was to have commenced in September 2020. The VBA has just posted on its website that “regulations for carpentry work are expected to be in place by September 2020 but are not expected to commence until 2021. This is the strongest sign yet that the reform is to be delayed. HIA asked government to delay it for at least 12 months. Read the VBA news alert.