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BSCAA National Newsletter – November 2018

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



Changes to modern awards

The Fair Work Commission has varied a number of awards as part of its Modern Award Review. The changes affect rules on termination of employment and a number of other clauses. All changes apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2018. Updated copies of the awards are available via the list of awards at

Termination of employment

Employers are now required to pay an employee’s wages and all other entitlements, within 7 days of the end of their employment.

Changes to notice of termination rules mean an employer can deduct up to 1 week’s wages if an employee over 18 years resigns without  giving enough notice. Employers cannot deduct wages from employees under the age of 18 for not giving notice.

Other clauses

The following clauses have also been varied:

  • consultation about major workplace change
  • consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work
  • dispute resolution
  • individual flexibility arrangements.


The exploitation of general and specialist cleaners working in retail chains for contracting or subcontracting cleaning companies

To provide a brief update: On 19 June 2018, the Senate referred an inquiry into the exploitation  of  general  and  specialist  cleaners  working  in retail  chains  for contracting or subcontracting cleaning companies to the Education and Employment References Committee for report by 17 September 2018. On 13 September the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 13 November 2018. 

To stay informed on this inquiry please click here.

BSCAA backs tougher penalties for franchising codes

ACCC deputy chair Mick Keogh called for changes to Australia’s Franchising Code of Conduct to better protect franchisees, in a speech delivered at the National Franchise Convention Legal Symposium in Melbourne last week.

The changes included significantly increased penalties for breaches, as well as requiring improved and more meaningful information disclosure to franchisees, in combination with stronger unfair contract terms (UCT) law, to help to improve the operations of franchise businesses in Australia.

BSCAA national president George Stamas said a franchising system that promotes stronger compliance and fair terms is a positive move.“The BSCAA can see the value in the ACCC strengthening the Franchising Code and imposing stronger penalties and will always be in support of compliance improvement,” he said. “When there is a legislation that doesn’t encourage fair conditions and it promotes unfair pricing, legislative changes need to occur for the betterment of our industry and others.”

Read the full INCLEAN Story here.


Victoria –

  • Have you registered? VIC AustralianSuper End of Year Function – Friday 23 November, 6pm at Docklands in Melbourne with MC Jake King.  Book here
  • VIC division would like to welcome our new members – Splitboxes Australia, Kaplan Services Australia, Demos Property Services and Happsa Group
  • From 1 November changes to the Victorian Long Service Leave Act 2018for more information
  • VIC division 2019 Strategy planning is underway.  We seek any feedback from Victorian members “what has worked or not” during the past 12 months

New South Wales –

  • BSCAA NSW Excellence Awards will be presented at the AustralianSuper Excellence Awards Luncheon on 16 November 2018 at Dockside, Darling Harbour. Help us acknowledge those with outstanding achievement in the Cleaning and Securities Industries and join us on Friday 16 November for the BSCAA NSW AustralianSuper Excellence Awards.

    As one of the most prestigious and recognised in the Cleaning and Security Industries, this is a not to be missed event of the industry calendar! A day to celebrate, we have secured television personality Paula Duncan as the MC and the highly rated professional magicians, The BlackTies, for the day’s entertainment! Make sure you register online here

Queensland –

  • Qld AustralianSuper Excellence Awards – Friday 16th November, 6.30pm at Victoria Park in Brisbane, MC – Richard Champion, Live band – The Wild Card Trio.  Click here to book your tickets
  • Qld Regional Roadshow proudly sponsored by QLeave is scheduled for mid-February 2019.
  • BSCAA Qld AGM will be held on Thursday 16th May 2019 – election of new Qld President and Board Directors.
  • AustralianSuper held their annual briefing luncheon on 25th October at the Convention Centre.  This briefing gives us the opportunity to hear the latest updates, and talk to their super experts about all things super. 
  • United Voice has been trialling an app that allows workers to navigate through their Enterprise Agreement like a personalised search engine – WorkIt
  • Workcover Qld – The Safety Leadership at Work Program provides a series of masterclasses, workshops and roundtables and encourages participation from everyone to learn how to identify, influence and build a positive safety culture within their organisations – 13 November 2018 – Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, 209-217 Abbott Street – 1.30pm – 4.30pm Admission FREE.  Register

South Australia –

Western Australia – 

  • WA are holding a presentation by the Australian Taxation Office on the Taxable Payments Reporting System extension for Cleaners on November 13th 2018.
  • WA are in discussions with the Department of Finance on the formation of a Common Use Agreement Panel for Cleaning Services. 

Tasmania –

  • BSCAA Tasmania’s Excellence Awards will be held on Saturday 16th March 2019 in Launceston. 
  • Tasmania are working on the introduction of a Statutory Declaration and are in discussions with Government Departments.
  • United Voice are attending a Meeting with BSCAA Tasmania