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$1.2bn Government Boost to Aged Care Employees

The Federal Government has this week announced a $1.2bn boost to federal funding available to aged care providers – as part of its Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms. The funds will be available to providers, on the condition that they have enterprise agreements in place and pay above-award rates, consistent with the aged…

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Government announces plan to tackle workplace bullies

The Federal Government last week announced amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 in response to last year’s parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying. The proposal, which will give the Fair Work Commission more power to tackle individual cases of workplace bullying, supported the majority of the 23 recommendations made by the House of Representatives committee. The…

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A Conversation with Cardinal George Pell

The Church and public were shocked this week by the announcement of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Katrina Lee, Communications Director at the Archdiocese of Sydney, speaks to Cardinal George Pell to get his reaction to the decision and to discuss the Pope’s legacy, his leadership and writings and the process that takes place from now….

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Fair Work Act financial penalties raised

Late in 2012, Federal Parliament passed legislation to increase financial penalties for all Commonwealth offences, raising the value of a penalty unit from $110 to $170. Why is this important for employers? A person may be ordered to pay a penalty if they are found to have contravened the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). This…

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