Changes introduced by the Superannuation Laws
Amendment (2004 Measures No 2) Act 2004 (Cth) to the
Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth)
came into effect on 1 July 2008. The historical earnings base many
employers have used to calculate superannuation contributions have
been replaced by an Ordinary Time Earnings (OTE) base. While The
OTE base is simpler, it could produce in many instances increases
in superannuation liabilities as a wider range of payments will
form part of the OTE.
Medical Practice Amendment Bill 2008
(NSW) introduces a mandatory requirement for medical
practitioners to report serious misconduct by their professional
colleagues. Aimed at providing better protection for patients, it
also introduces automatic suspensions for doctors who breach
certain conditions on their registration.
Construction-related parts of the Occupational
Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (Vic) came into
force on 1 July 2008 and impose new obligations on employers and
principal contractors engaged in the industry. The new obligations
include 'Safe Work Method Statements' and training and
induction that is specific to worksites.
The ACT Government has introduced the Work Safety Bill
2008 that will wholly replace the current Occupational Health
and Safety Act 1989 (ACT), introducing expanded safety duties,
corporate officer liability and a right to private
The Queensland Workplace Health and Safety
Regulation 2008 came into effect on 1 September 2008.
It effectively removes the remaining parts of the rural industry
exemption from existing regulatory requirements. For example the
exemption pertaining to working with lead no longer applies. Other
exemptions will be phased out over the next two years.
The NSW Occupational Health and Safety Amendment
(Application to Mining Workplaces and Coal Workplaces)
Regulation 2008 came into effect this month. The
amending regulations expand the application of the Occupational
Health and Safety Regulation 2001 to the mining industry. Most
health and safety matters for the mining industry will continue to
fall under the jurisdiction of the NSW Department of Primary
Industries. However, WorkCover NSW must be notified of bonded
asbestos work and demolition work regardless of the location.
Equal Opportunity Amendment (Family
Responsibilities) Act 2008 (Vic) On 1 September 2008
changes to the Equal Opportunities Act 1995 (Vic) that
protect working parents and carers from discrimination when trying
to balance their work and family responsibilities, commenced. The
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission with IR
Victoria have published guidelines to assist employers to meet
their obligations at http://www.equalopportunitycommission.vic.gov.au/home.asp
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