• Services - Industrial Relations

    The Industrial Relations Department of the MBA with offices located in both Sydney and Newcastle provides specialist industrial relations services and advice in managing employment related matters and are respected practitioners.

    A brief summary of each of the services provided by the Association's Industrial Relations (IR) Department are set out below: 

    Professional Advice and Representation

    The IR Department daily provides telephone advice, attends meetings on behalf of individual members or reprsents the Industry / Association on a range of employment relations issues to State and Federal Government Departments, Committees, Unions and other industry participants.

    Industrial Relations Compliance Audits

    This service is provided as a risk management tool to ensure t hat employers are meeting their statutory employment obligations.  also, principal contractors may seek to have their sub-contractors audited at any time by the IR Department to improve their performance, reliability and competitiveness.

    National Code of Practice Assessments

    This service is provided either on a one-off basis or site wide as required by a principal contractor.  The code assessment examines an employer's industrial instrument, employment arrangements and on-site behaviour to ensure compliance with the National Code of Practice and Implementation Guidelines and eligibility to work on federally funded projects.

    Independent Contractor Assessment

    This service is a risk management tool.  The member is provided with a short questionnaire regarding the nature of the engagement of any person.  The responses are used to determine the status of the person as either an employee or sub-contractor.  Based on the outcome the member is then advised on how best to deal wilth PAYG Taxation, Workers Compensation, Superannuation and Minimum Payments to the person.

    Agreement Making

    The IR Department provides advice, drafting and lodgement of agreements.  With increased reliance on agreements arising from Federal workplace relations legislation, there is an ever increasing reliance on agreement making.

    Dispute Handling

    The IR Department regularly represents employers in industrial disputes and claims.  This representation is provided during conciliation of employment matters with unions, solicitors or Governmetn Departments as well as conciliation and arbitration before relevant industrial tribunals.  Such disputes / claims also involve unfair and unlawful dismissals, redundancies, wage claims etc.

    Briefings and Training

    The IR Department provides briefings and training for the industry, specific sectors of the industry or on an in-house basis for employers on a range of topical employment relations issues.  In addition, the IR Department attends MBA Divisional Meetings to brief members when necessary or requested.

    Need more information and advice?

    All services are available through either the Sydney Office on 02 8586 3555 or the Newcastle Office on 02 4953 9400 or email to industrial@mbansw.asn.au  

02 8586 3555

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