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May 2, 2018

Survivors waiting for redress

There are less than 9 weeks until the National Redress Scheme is supposed to start, already a year later than the Royal Commission said redress should begin. Queensland announced yesterday they would sign on to redress but is it too late for the July 1 deadline? A National Redress Scheme was one of the earliest […]

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May 1, 2018

Learners’ Drivers Test – Can you still pass?

Each day, motor vehicle accidents affect hundreds if not thousands of Australians. But could this be because Australians have become too complacent when it comes to the road rules? New drivers in Australia are required by law to take an electronic exam before they are given their Learner Licence. We’ve put together a driver knowledge […]

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April 30, 2018

Asbestos in the workplace: What are your duties as an employer?

Asbestos is a term used for a range of naturally-occurring, fibrous, silicon-based minerals. These highly versatile minerals were once used across many industries, until the health risks associated with inhaling asbestos fibres became apparent. Although Asbestos was banned in Australia in 2003, it is still commonly found in many workplaces. According to Safe Work Australia, […]

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April 27, 2018

Mental health at work: Steps you can take to support your colleagues

Mental illness is more prevalent than most people believe it to be. Approximately 45% of Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life, [1] and one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness in any given year [2]. Work-related stress and other psychological hazards are now being recognised as one of […]

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Workplace Safety – Health Care & Social Assistance

The health care and social assistance industry is thriving, employing more Australians than any other industry. In total, 12% of the workforce is employed in this area and this number is only set to expand as Australia’s population, particularly its aged population, grows.[1] Ironically, the Australians who have dedicated their careers to caring for others […]

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Workplace Safety – Forestry

Forestry is consistently named one of most dangerous industries in Australia.[1] Sadly, 43 forestry workers lost their lives between 2003 and 2015. It is particularly perilous for older workers, with 44% of those who lost their life being 55 years or older. It is the responsibility of every employer in this hazardous industry to reduce […]

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April 20, 2018

Veterans Finally Being Given Access to Compensation

From 1 May 2018, veterans with mental health issues will be able to access payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs including accessing income support while they are waiting for their compensation claim to be processed. “This is a significant step forward in assisting our most vulnerable citizens. Lack of access to justice and support […]

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April 17, 2018

Workplace Safety: Construction

Heights. Powerful machinery. Electricity. These are just a few of the reasons that construction working is such an inherently hazardous trade. Construction is Australia’s third most deadly industry and fifth most likely industry to cause serious injury, with 35 workers seriously injured every day. [1] Sobering Statistics The leading causes of death or serious injury […]

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April 10, 2018

Workplace Safety: Farming and Agriculture

Everyone knows that Aussie farmers are tough – farming is one of the most physically demanding and varied jobs there is. Unfortunately, farming is also one of the most dangerous jobs there is. In fact, farming and agriculture is second only to road transport in terms of deaths and injuries.[1] In 2016 alone, 63 farmers […]

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