Vice- Presidents letter (taken from the OPEA June e-newsletter)
Welcome to this edition of the OPEA e-newsletter.
It has been a long year for the OPEA Executives with the re-launch of our web site, ramping up on the emissions front, modernising how industry statistics are collected, and the continued development of the OPE training and apprenticeship program.
The Executives have been very active and need to be congratulated on their effort and commitment.
Our new web site has a new lay out, look and feel to better communicate the issues affecting our industry – ahead of the new 2014/2015 season.
Our true level of success depends on our ability to capture your industry voice. We encourage you to give serious thought to sharing your concerns and needs. We are always looking for contributors to assist – either at Executive level or on sub committees. It is important to have representatives from all membership types, and we strongly encourage you to join the team.
Go to the web site to learn about our emissions response and training program development. You can check out the new web site out here.
Our next AGM is in August 2014 at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney, and we would encourage all members to attend and contribute to the Association. I’m sure you’ll agree there has been a lot of change since our last AGM, and there is much more to come.
OPEA Vice President
Workers comp premium reductions a much needed relief for QLD business, Ai Group
“The Queensland Government’s decision to reduce workers compensation premiums by an average of 17% from 1 July is a much needed shot in the arm for industry in the State,” Ai Group Queensland Director Jemina Dunn said today.
“The Queensland Government has taken some difficult but necessary decisions in the last 12 months in reshaping the Queensland workers compensation system and today we are seeing these efforts bear fruit.
“While reductions will vary within sectors, we are pleased to see both Manufacturing (18.3%) and Construction (17%), two critical components of Queensland’s economy, both achieve sizable premium reductions. This is critical at a time when business conditions are tougher than ever, costs are rising and business confidence remains sluggish.
“In recent years Queensland workers compensation premiums have been on an upward trajectory. Ai Group has for a long time been leading the campaign to reduce these costs and today’s decision is recognition of that hard work,” Ms Dunn said.
Weather Forecasts from Weatherzone
The OPEA are pleased to announce that members will have access to a quarterly video update on weather forecasts provided by Weatherzone meteorologists.
The reports will include:
- Quarterly video updates for OPEA
- Presented by Weatherzone Meteorologists
- Inclusion of relevant Weather graphics
- An historical overview of the past 12 months temperature and rainfall patterns (focusing on the most recent 3 months)
- Detailed Opticast Forecasts for the next 3-12 months, highlighting the most likely rainfall outcomes
- An explanation of the drivers of the outlook, including La Nina and El Nino (if applicable to the forecast)
- A conclusion section highlighting key points.
The first video update will be presented at the OPEA AGM on August 8, 2014 in Sydney.
Industry Skills Fund (ISF)
The Government will provide $476.0mn over four years to establish the Industry Skills Fund (ISF) from 1 January 2015 to support the training needs of small to medium enterprises which cannot be readily met by the national training system. Industries targeted will include: health and biomedical products; mining, oil and gas equipment technology and services; and advanced manufacturing, including defence and aerospace.
The ISF is expected to deliver 121,500 training places (providing participants with qualifications, skill sets and recognition of both prior learning and current competencies) and 74,300 support services (including mentoring and foundation skills) over four years. Businesses will be required to make co-contributions towards the cost of training on a sliding scale depending on the size of the enterprise.
The ISF will replace the following ten skills and training programs from 1 January 2015, which were collectively worth $1.0bn over five years from 2013-14. This represents a significant reduction in Government support for workplace skills.
- National Partnership Agreement on Training Places for Single Parents;
- Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships Programme;
- Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Programme;
- National Workforce Development Fund;
- Workplace English Language and Literacy Programme;
- Alternative Pathways Programme;
- Apprenticeship to Business Owner Programme;
- Productive Ageing through Community Education;
- Australian Apprenticeships Access Programme; and
- Step Into Skills Programme (including additional savings of $0.8mn in 2013-14 by not commencing the programme as scheduled).
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