In anticipation of the NDIS rollout in South Australia, changes have been made to the relevant working with children and disability worker laws to align the requirements with NDIS standards.
The Local Jobs First Act 2003 (Vic) (formerly the Victorian Industry Participation Policy Act 2003) requires agencies to meet additional reporting requirements and imposes new obligations on agencies in respect of certain building projects.
In this case, the Federal Court held that an employer did not engage in adverse action by terminating an employee who, while on paid leave, failed to comply with a reasonable direction to attend a medical examination.
New OH&S Regulations have revised the permissible levels of lead exposure in Victorian workplaces, which will be required to be lower from June 2020.
The Long Service Leave Bill 2017 (Vic) passed in May 2018 and will repeal and replace the current Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic). Significantly the Bill will amend when an employee becomes entitled to long service leave, and will update how length of continuous service is calculated.
The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (NSW) has been amended, following a statutory review, to redefine the scope of the Act and include a new offence for an existing requirement imposed on organisations that employ workers in child-related work.
Recent amendments to the Aged Care Principles have introduced new obligations for approved providers of aged care to implement an influenza vaccination scheme for their staff and volunteers.