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Minimum Wage Review 2019 

The Fair Work Commission has set a new National Minimum Wage of $740.80 per week, which represents an increase of 3%.  The decision also affects all industrial awards minimum wage rates. The decision takes effect from the first full pay period from 1 July 2019. Members can obtain an updated wages schedule by contacting David Fuller at CRA.

Radio Training Courses Catalogue 2019

CRA has recently reviewed and updated information regarding the various tertiary courses available for the radio industry. Whilst the information is not exhaustive, it provides extensive details of most of the courses available to either people seeking to enter the industry or for existing staff seeking to enhance their skills. 

For details of this please refer to the Training section of this site or click here for a copy of the catalogue.

Radio Alive 2018 Session - Today's Workplace In A #metoo World

CRA ran a presentation at the annual Radio Alive conference discussing the prevalence and issues surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace. The presentation highlighted key findings from a recently released survey by the Human Rights Commission on sexual harassment in the workplace. The survey found that 33% of respondents had experienced sexual harassment in their last five years at work. Furthermore, it found that incidence was 81% in the Information, Media & Telecommunications industries.

CRA's HR manager David Fuller (details below) is available to assist members with staff education and training across a range of subjects, including discrimination, harassment and bullying. 

Casual Conversion Clauses In Industrial Awards - From October 2018

The Fairwork Commission recently varied all industrial awards to include a provision giving long-term, regular casuals the opportunity to seek a transfer to permanent employment. An employer may refuse such a request, where it has reasonable business grounds. Whilst the awards have been changed, it does not come into real effect until 1 October 2019, as the casual employee must have served a 12 month qualifying period.

Industry Training Needs Survey 2018

In early 2018, station managers and other key industry contacts were asked to share their views on a number of issues affecting the industry, including the availability of skilled people to join and progress through the industry and suitability of existing industry training courses to meet the needs of industry.

Some highlights include:

  • a shortage of available suitably skilled announcers to join the industry, particularly in country areas;
  • shortages in available technical staff, with acute shortages in RF broadcast/transmission skills; and
  • 'sales' was the most difficult category to attract and progress skilled people within the industry.
The full survey details and results are available here (CRA member login required).

Management Tools & Templates Available To Assist With Employment Matters 

CRA has developed a number of resources designed to assist managers to effectively manage the range of complex employment matters that arise from time to time. Members can obtain information to assist them with performance counselling, dismissal decisions, safety and workplace investigations at the Employment Management Resource Tools.

For more information on any of the above items, please contact David Fuller (HR Manager) at david.fuller@commercialradio.com.au or 02 9281 6577.

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