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BSCAA National Newsletter December 2018

To download the full newsletter please click here: BSCAA National Newsletter December 2018

BSCAA Update

National

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The BSCAA National Board of Directors would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Christmas and New Year. The BSCAA National Office will be closed from Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open on Monday 7 January 2019 however any urgent voicemail messages will be responded too. 

WeComply

We Comply is a free service to BSCAA members and contains a full suite of Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety Policies, Work Method Statements and Procedure templates. For more details visit https://bscaa.com/national/wecomply/ 

A new Indigenous Policy template has now been added to WeComply. This policy shows your company’s commitment to recognising and respecting the needs of Indigenous Australians. 

All BSCAA Members would now have received their updated WeComply Passwords. If you don’t yet have yours please contact your state. 

Cleaner wage theft inquiry calls for reforms

Parliamentary inquiry into cleaner wage theft recommends overhaul of Commonwealth tendering practices. A fundamental overhaul of Commonwealth tenders to protect vulnerable cleaners is among the key recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry into cleaner wage theft released this month.

The Senate report titled “Wage theft, what wage theft?” called for major reforms including a national licensing scheme for labour hire companies and changed laws to address ‘pyramid sub-contracting’.

Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) national president George Stamas said the BSCAA wholeheartedly supports proposals.“One of our most fundamental principles as the peak industry body is that competition be fair,” Stamas told INCLEAN.

“Businesses who employ the tactics of phoenix arrangements and pyramid or sham contracting have no place in the cleaning industry. We want fairness for the thousands of cleaners that our members employ every day across Australia and we want fairness for our members. Wage theft is the enemy of fairness and for this reason BSCAA welcomes this report.”

View the full inclean article here. 

Wage Theft? What wage theft?!
The exploitation of general and specialist cleaners working in retail chains for contracting or subcontracting cleaning companies inquiry status has changed to Report tabled.
To view a copy of the tabled report click here. 

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Victoria – bscaavic@bscaa.com

  • A great night was had at the 2018 Australian Super End of Year Function.  Thanks to all those who came and enjoyed the evening!  It’s the people that make any event a success and that’s to all those who attended.  It was great to see some familiar faces and to share our stories on the night.  Jake King ex-Richmond player shared his drafting story with luck on his side.  We heard from Tamara Taylor who visited the United States and the ISSA annual conference as her prize for winning 2017 Young Manager of the Year.  A daunting experience for a young manager and supported by her manager Esther Ryan from The Bendigo Cleaning Company.  A national BSCAA update was provided by George Stamas, National Director followed by our major sponsor Australian Super.  Stephen Collins, who provided insights into the comparison fund models and why being with an industry fund makes a difference.  All feedback is welcome please forward it through to bscaavic@bscaa.com. To view the photos visit: https://bscaa.com/vic/
  • Are your records up to date?  Members who may have changed their email accounts could find their included benefits such as Tenderlink, CV Check and WeComply logins are no longer accessible.  If there is a possibility your records are out of date, send your updated records to the Victorian secretariat bscaavic@bscaa.com. 
  • Announcing New BSCAA Victorian directors we would like to welcome Penelope Demos, Demos Property Group and Paul Aspostolidis, Happsa Group.  The Victorian committee are preparing for 2019 year will be including Seminars/Workshops, Inclean articles and the 2019 Awards for Excellence. 

New South Wales – bscaansw@bscaa.com

  • BSCAA NSW Excellence Awards were presented at the AustralianSuper Excellence Awards Luncheon on 16 November 2018 at Dockside, Darling Harbour. To view the list of winners and more photos click here! 

Queensland – bscaaqld@bscaa.com

  • Qld Regional Roadshow proudly sponsored by QLeave is scheduled for 18-20 February 2019 in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. Confirmed speakers include QLeave, ATO, Workplace Advisory Group, Fair Work Ombudsman and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.  This is a FREE event so book now! To find out more click here. 
  • BSCAA Qld Golf Day is confirmed for 1 March 2019. With over 100 attendees this is one of the biggest social events of the BSCAA Queensland calendar. Book your team now!
  • Qld AustralianSuper Excellence Awards was held on Friday 16th November. The event was a huge success with over 150 attendees and over 50 nominations received. To find out more click here.

South Australia – bscaasa@bscaa.com

  • The South Australian Government this week gazetted extended trading hours for the 2018 Christmas period. This includes Boxing (Proclamation) Day trading in suburban areas outside the Adelaide CBD for the first time. To find out more click here. 

Western Australia – admin@cleaningcouncilwa.com.au 

  • WA held a presentation by the Australian Taxation Office on the Taxable Payments Reporting System extension for Cleaners on November 6th 2018.

Tasmania – bscaatas@bscaa.com

BSCAA Tasmania’s Excellence Awards will be held on Saturday 16th March 2019 in Launceston.