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The Fair Work Commission recently published its annual wage review under the Fair Work Act 2009.
The outcome of the Commission’s review is that from 1 July 2019:
• the National Minimum Wage and modern award minimum wages will increase by 3.0%; and
• the National Minimum Wage will increase to $740.80 per week (up from $719.20 per week) or $19.49 per hour (up from $18.93 per hour).
What does this mean for a Landcare Groups/Networks?
Landcare groups/networks who pay their employees under a modern award (for example, the Local Government Industry Award 2010) or pay the National Minimum Wage will be required to increase their employees’ pay in the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. The Commission will update the wage rates in all of the modern awards after this date here - www.fwc.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/awards/modern-awards/modern-awards-list
Employers who pay their employees above the minimum wage rates may decide to absorb the increases without making any changes. However, this will be dependent on the express terms of each employee’s employment contract.
Note that the increases do not apply to those workers who are engaged as independent contractors (unless there is an express reference in the worker’s contract).
If you have any questions about this advice please contact the Landcare Employment Referral Service on 1300 302 232.
Youth Engagement Grants for Invasive Species Management - Closing 30 Sep 2019!
This grant program has been established to support youth-friendly initiatives with a focus on invasive pest and weed issues in Victoria. Funding between $5,000 and $15,000 (ex GST) can be used to support the engagement of young people in existing groups and initiatives, or to develop new youth-focused initiatives. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply!
Happy Landcare Week 2019!
From the Victorian Landcare Awards on Friday, through to the national launch at Wentworth and sharing stories of Landcare’s history through the Landcare Voices Project! Click into the news item to hear more about what’s been happening to celebrate Landcare week!
2020 Science & Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Closing Friday 4 Oct 2019!
Applications are open for the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, a competitive annual grants program supporting 18–35 year old innovators to undertake new and creative research projects that will benefit the agriculture sector. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply!
New laws to better protect our environment: Consultation open until 31 Oct 2019
On 1 July 2020, the new environment protection laws are intended to come into effect. Click into news item for further details and/or to contribute to the consultation.
Managing Climate Risk in Agriculture - presentations available
If you missed the West Gippsland CMA's "Managing Climate Risk in Agriculture" Conference back in June. All the presentations are now online, click into news item for link.