The Bulletin Board has been introduced to keep members informed of changes that will affect their work places. This may include legislation/regulations, events, employment and training updates.

UPDATE : The Introduction of New Emission Standards February 25, 2016 1:24 pm

The year is progressing quickly and we would like to keep members updated on the timelines for the introduction of the new emissions standards.

Please be aware that this is a “best guess”.  Cabinet reshuffles or an early election would change our advice.

The draft legislation should be completed around April, at which time there will be consultation with OPEA and other parties.  That should see the Bill introduced by the Environment Minister in May and passed by the Senate in June.   The Regulations, which contain all the important details, will follow shortly after, perhaps July.

Canberra have heard our advice and we have heard no objections.   OPEA has recommended implementation of Phase 2 in July 2017, and the introduction of Evaporative standards and implementation of Phase 3 in July of 2019 (in line with EU).

OPEA are continuing to support our members and the sector generally across several issues to ensure the sustainability of our Industry and that the new laws are not an excessive burden on business.

OPEA Executive Committee


FEBRUARY AI GROUP NEWSLETTER NO. 2 February 19, 2016 11:32 am

You can view the February AI Group Newsletter no. 2 here.

This issue includes:

  • Labor’s new IR policy “jail threat to employers”
  • Sexual Harassment’s $1.36 Million Price Tag
  • Training system in parlous state
  • The Millennials Are Coming – And Going
  • Safety Under The Microscope In Victoria
  • Employment: How Is It Evolving?
  • Have Your Say: Motor Vehicle Emissions Standards


February Ai Group Newsletter February 15, 2016 2:19 pm

You can view the February  Ai Group Newsletter here.

This issue includes:

  • Election 2016-These are the Ai Group Policy Priorities for Business
  • Why is 2016 The Year of Stress At Work?
  • Ai Group Proposes Tax changes that can make a difference to growth, investment and employment
  • Senate ABCC inquiry “A Gross Waste of Public Resources”
  • FWC Overturns Bargaining Law That “Impedes Innovation”
  • Is Construction Decline Threatening Balance of Broader Economy?


January AI Group Newsletter February 1, 2016 2:12 pm

You can view the January  AI Group Newsletter here.

This issue includes:

  • New report “Tackling Foundation Skills in the Workforce“, released by the AI Group, highlights the impact low levels of workforce literacy and numeracy skills are having on the workforce.
  • The release of a new index of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programs being run across the country, provides an important resource for schools, with a focus on improving students STEM skills before they enter the workforce.
  • Small employers (19 or fewer employees) must meet the SuperStream standard by 30 June 2016.



OPEA CHRISTMAS MESSAGE December 21, 2015 9:30 am

Dear OPEA Members,

Summer is now upon us and the holiday season is only a few weeks away.

I would like to take this opportunity to firstly wish you all a safe and peaceful Christmas to enjoy quality time with family.

I would personally like to thank you for your support of the Outdoor Power Equipment Association over the past 12 months where we have seen substantial changes.  Your continued support is critical to our mutual success.

As I have echoed previously, the OPEA exists to drive the OPE industry specific agenda on behalf of all members.  So if you have an issue you believe strongly in, we want to hear it.   I further encourage you to consider joining the executive committee in order to have your thoughts heard and help drive change and improvement for the entire industry.

The past year has witnessed strong change for the OPEA.  The most important OPEA news item is the upcoming announcement by the Federal Environment Minister – Mr Greg Hunt regarding the change to the small engine emission standards for Australia. The announcement will signal a massive and positive shift; ensuring product coming into Australia would need to meet globally accepted EPA standards.

Take a moment to consider the improved health and environmental benefits through the creation of emission standards for the approximately 1million small engines that are sold annually in Australia.  Non-compliant product would in effect be stopped at our borders.  Our industry will benefit from the changes and the benefit should not be underestimated.

The OPEA Executive Committee has been a passionate supporter and driver for changes to emission standards over many years; remaining constant and unified throughout.  This unified voice has been presented to government throughout 2015, and the sheer determination of Minister Hunt and his team will bring Australia in line with the rest of the world; and we are confident a positive outcome is close.

The Training Sub-Committee has also seen considerable change over the past year with the OPEA partnering with the Australian Industry Group.  This partnership will support members to: identify potential apprentices; establish apprentices in the workplace; consolidate relationships with RTO’s; and continue to develop RPL and trainee courses for the industry. We will continue to update you on changes or improvements in this area in 2016.

Thank you for your support in 2015 and I look forward to meeting our members as we introduce a general meeting commencing in 2016.

Kind regards,

Gareth Taylor
OPEA President