representing building managment, cleaning and security staff

BSCAA National Newsletter – December 2020

President’s report

 “The end of the year brings no greater joy than the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and New Year be filled with joy.”

It would be safe to say there will be a lot of people looking forward to the end of 2020.  The good news is that a new year will be here pretty soon, offering a fresh start.  Even though we have no guarantee what 2021 will bring, it would be safe to say we are all hoping for a more normal year of prosperity and good health.  

During 2020 BSCAA National worked tirelessly to ensure our members were provided with industry related news, COVID-19 updates and resources needed to operate safely and compliantly.  The BSCAA has been sending all our members regular eNews packed with valuable information and links to facts and resources.

BSCAA has held several webinars during the year which were well received and will undoubtedly be continuing into 2021.  Some of our guests were from the ATO, Workplace Advisory – Mark Diamond, AustralianSuper and many others. 

The BSCAA represented the industry on several committees and boards such as Artibus, CAF and the TAG committee, which is reviewing the cleaning qualifications – Cert II, Cert III and Cert IV.  This process will be completed by June 2021 and BSCAA welcomes any feedback from members, these can be emailed to national@bscaa.com. BSCAA sits on the WFBSC board which a dynamic union of national and international associations from around the globe.  This union discuss and solve problems of common concern and exchange new ideas and techniques, and promote the building service contracting industry. BSCAA looks forward to a collaborated webinar with WFBSC in 2021 and announcing the next World Congress, location and dates to come in 2021. BSCAA will continue to be active and present in our industry and a consolidated voice of our members.

BSCAA National Board is working on several projects that we are looking forward to announcing in 2021.

Our new website for BSCAA and logo will be released in early 2021.

The BSCAA National Board wishes you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.

Kind regards,

Kim Puxty – BSCAA National President

Industrial Relations Update

This update has been provided by Mark Diamond from Workplace Advisory Group.

If you have any IR queries, please email them to national@bscaa.com and we will get Mark to answer them for you.

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Business Partner Update

The BSCAA is proud to support our National Business Partners. This month, one of our Diamond Business Partners, Agar.

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Industry Updates

VICTORIA TO TRIAL PAID SICK AND CARER’S LEAVE FOR CASUAL WORKERS

Kim Puxty, our national president recently weighed in on the state government’s announcement to offer access to paid sick and carer’s leave to casual works under a two-year trial.

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NEW VICTORIA CHIEF HEALTH OFFICER DIRECTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL CLEANING COMPANIES 

The Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has issued new directions that require commercial cleaning companies to carry out surveillance testing for COVID-19 on employees and contractors and to keep records of these tests. This will help to keep your staff and their communities safe.

The government is currently developing further detail to clarify the requirements for industry. More detail on testing requirements will be published soon.

Workers undergoing surveillance testing will not need to stay at home if they have no symptoms.

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QUEENSLAND BORDER RESTRICTIONS FROM 1 DECEMBER

From 1am AEST 1 December 2020 you only need to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass if in the last 14 days, you have been in a hotspot or overseas and didn’t fly into Queensland when you arrived in Australia.

All of NSW and Victoria are now allowed to enter Queensland.

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Business Partner Update

The BSCAA is proud to support our National Business Partners. This month, one of our Platinum Business Partners, iQSafety.

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State News

NSW bscaansw@bscaa.com Click here to read more

QLD bscaaqld@bscaa.com Click here to read more

SA bscaasa@bscaa.com Click here to read more

Tasmania bscaatas@bscaa.com Click here to read more

Victoria bscaavic@bscaa.com Click here to read more

WA bscaawa@bscaa.com Click here to read more

Superannuation

Retail or Industry super funds, what is the difference? Click here to read more

Online Training

The BSCAA cleaning courses provide a comprehensive education pathway for the cleaning industry. The courses are packed with valuable information providing real opportunities for cleaning and hospitality staff to develop new skills.

For information on how the BSCAA cleaning courses can lead to a Certificate III in cleaning: Cert III in Cleaning Operations Pathways.

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