New Covid vaccination compensation scheme provides additional incentive to employers to have staff vaccinated

In a media release on Saturday 28 August 2021, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon. Greg Hunt announced details of a new no fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme (VCS) which will operate nationally. The scheme will cov...

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ASU wins changes to the Victorian Local Government Award, but Councils challenge longer shifts for Casuals

On 23 August 2021, the Fair Work Commission determined to make some amendments to the Victorian Local Government Award 2015 (VLG Award). The changes came off the back of an application by the Australian Services Union, which wa...

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The effects of social media on the 2020 Victorian Local Government election

In 2020, many Victorian Councils were faced with the difficulties of navigating an election period during the COVID pandemic. This contributed to candidate behaviours that were questionable, disruptive and unethical. The Local Gov...

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No jab, no work – FWO’s updated advice still leaves questions for employers

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) posted updated guidance on its website last night relating to the power of employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. This is an issue that we have also discussed before. Pr...

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An update to the Complaints Practice Guide for Victorian Councils

Last month, the Victorian Ombudsman published an updated version of the 'Councils and Complaints – A Good Practice Guide' (Version 2) (Practice Guide). The Practice Guide incorporates important changes to enable Councils to comp...

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The Local Government Act 2020 – Stage 4 changes to take effect 1 July 2021

As part of the extensive overhaul of the Local Government Act 1989 (old Act), stage 4 of the  Local Government Act 2020 (new Act) is set to commence on 1 July 2021. This stage will see several more changes to the rules governing ...

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