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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.
Leadership Development Grants 2020 - Now open until 27 March 2020
The Leadership Development Grants program is designed to strengthen skills and capabilities while fostering a new generation of leaders in catchment management. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for travel, study, research, training and other forms of professional development for integrated catchment management. Click into news item for further details and/or to apply!
Victorian Rabbit Action Network - Post Fire Control
The conditions in the paddock after a fire can provide an opportunity to target local rabbit populations. Click into news item for helpful hints from VRAN for managing rabbits in fire-affected landscapes.
Bushfire tax relief and support
Deferrals on lodgements and payments have been automatically applied to bushfire-affected postcodes. Emergency support services are available if further assistance is needed. Click into news item for further details and ATO links.
Stories being sought for Landcare magazine Winter 2020 Issue
Stories are being sought for issue 78 of the Victorian Landcare and Catchment Management magazine, which is a feature on Landcare and emergency recovery. How Landcare groups and networks have planned for and responded to environmental and social emergencies in their communities. This includes the role that Landcare has played in supporting and enabling local communities and landowners to respond to, recover from, and plan for emergencies such as bushfires, droughts, floods, and to also mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change. Contributions are due Friday 27 March 2020, however those interested are encouraged to contact the editor asap. Click into news item for contact information and further details.
Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research - Upcoming Seminar Feb 24!
Hear from Richard Faulkner “Conversation in the Kimberley a perspective from working within an NGO” and Renae Ayres “Trees for fish - Angler Riparian Partnerships Program”. Click into news item for registration details.