Asbestos and Silica Awareness Briefing
Dates: Monday 12 October 2020
Friday 6 November 2020
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Master Builders Association of NSW
52 Parramatta Road, Forest Lodge
MCA Members please log in at Member Resources to see Flyer and Workshop Registration Form for further details.
SafeWork NSW – Safe Work Month is about Everyone’s Health and Safety
October is national Safe Work Month – a time to increase focus on improving work health and safety in your workplace, including the wellbeing of your employees.
With over 3.2 million workers in NSW, Safe Work Month provides you with an opportunity to build awareness of work health and safety and encourage discussion about safety at work in your workplace.
Did you know the construction industry is one of NSW’s highest risk industries? Every year thousands of workers are injured on construction sites as a result of easily preventable incidents. Some workers lose their lives; others suffer serious and debilitating ill health. It is important to manage risks associated with construction work.
While construction sites have many risks, they can be easily managed without significant costs to the business.
Help make Health and Safety a Priority on your Worksite
We’re supporting managers within the construction industry this year with the launch of a series of free Construction Site Supervisors Virtual Workshops to show how straightforward managing safety in construction can be.
The first workshop will focus on understanding your obligations for managing WHS at the worksite. Every month a new module will be released, so register now to reserve your spot or continue to keep checking the SafeWork NSW – Events page.
Working at Heights
Throughout Safe Work month and beyond, SafeWork Inspectors are targeting working at heights safety in the construction industry. If you want to find out more about the program and what you can do to make your site safe, simply visit our working at heights resource page.
Help us Spread the Word about Safe Work Month
We’ve developed a communications pack to help you get involved in Safe Work Month. You can use this pack to share the Safe Work Month message throughout your workplace and to your contacts.
High Risk Work & Stakeholder Engagements Team
Construction Services Group
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Stakeholder Pack PDF file [Download]
Construct NSW and the Office of the Building Commissioner (OBC) Milestones
This is a big week for the Construct NSW and the Office of the Building Commissioner (OBC) with the following milestones arising:
Summary information is below for Members:
Developers Must Provide Advance Notice of Class 2 Building Completion
Inspectors Have More Powers
Reporting a Defect
Developers to Lodge Strata Bonds through the NSW Planning Portal
Training Available for People Involved in Audits
NSW’s First Certifier Practice Standard being Published
–> Media Release (NSW Government) – Download
New Bricklaying Qualifications
Brendan Coyle, MCA President, has been working with TAFE and the Government for over 3 years regarding the new Bricklaying Qualifications.
Brendan Coyle is also on the Masonry Structures Committee working with Standards Australia regarding proposed changes to the Elements and Performance Criteria to:
All Members – 2020 MCA Annual Awards for Excellence
As you are aware the current business environment is one that hasn’t been experienced in our lifetime. The business community worldwide is reeling under immense pressure from the unprecedented circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and knock on effects.
MCA Members have had to adjust their work practices to remain operational. While many businesses have work at present the forward outlook later this year looks very uncertain.
Under these circumstances the MCA Executive was consulted and the difficult decision was made to postpone the 2020 Annual Awards Dinner. The decision was taken reluctantly, though we felt that there was little option considering the health, wellbeing of all involved and commitment under contract for the event. We only had a small opportunity to respond without incurring significant financial risk and penalties.
We understand the importance of the Awards for Excellence for the Masonry Contractors Membership including the Awards Dinner to all and look forward to the Awards Event in 2021 which will be open to projects completed over the 2-year period.
We value the support of all of our Members and thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.
The Masonry Contractors Association (MCA) advises that due to COVID-19 and Government guidelines currently placed on gatherings of large numbers, regrettably the MCA Breakfast and General Meetings scheduled for:
Members and Guests will be kept informed by email of the current COVID-19 restrictions with regards to large gatherings. Once the current Government restrictions have been lifted MCA will be in contact with Members and Guests to advise of the final meeting arrangements.
In the meantime, MCA appreciates your understanding.
Masonry Contractors Association (MCA) are currently adding new resources to the Website for our Members to download. Please click on the below link and type in your email address and password:
“MCA Excellence in Brick and Blocklaying Awards and Dinner 2019”
Please don’t forget to review “Artibus Brick & Block” – Review
Minimum wage increase – make sure you are paying the right rate
New minimum wage increases apply from the first full pay period after 1 July 2019.
Who do the new rates apply to?
Employees who get their pay rates from:
We are here to help
For help understanding your wages obligations in the building and construction industry, visit wages and entitlements page or call on 1800 003 338.
You can also find out more about the new rates through the Pay and Conditions Tool on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
What is the Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment? Find out here…
The MCA Executive has reviewed this product and believe it to be of benefit to the industry and would encourage you to utilise this product and the company’s services as they are an MCA Sponsor.
Disclaimer: The MCA Executive does not warrant or guarantee any product, or service that we endorse. Persons using such products or services assume responsibility for their use in accordance with current directions of the manufacturer.
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