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TAFE NSW GRADUATE TAKES HOME MEDAL AT WORLDSKILLS AUSTRALIA

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Local Lismore mechanic Nicholas McLaren

TAFE NSW GRADUATE TAKES HOME MEDAL AT WORLDSKILLS AUSTRALIA

Local Lismore mechanic Nicholas McLaren has won silver at the 2021 WorldSkills Australia National Championships after completing his apprenticeship at TAFE NSW Wollongbar.

Competing in the country’s largest trades and skills competition, Mr McLaren showcased the skills he learnt during his Certificate III in Automotive at TAFE NSW and claimed one of the top awards in the Automotive category.

The event gives more than 500 regional winners from across the nation an opportunity to show off their skills on a national stage and marks a milestone for Mr McLaren’s automotive ambitions, which began as a hobby working on his own cars.
Mr McLaren was tasked with repairing and diagnosing vehicles including areas of engine measurement and repair, steering suspension and brakes, electronic diagnosis, safety and servicing.

“The competition was a real challenge and it was so rewarding to be able to test my abilities in my trade. The support I had from my teachers was great, and I was able to bring many real-life, practical skills to the workplace, especially when dealing with customers.”
Mr McLaren is following in the footsteps of his employer, Jake Hiscock from Lismore Car Repairs who won a gold medal at WorldSkills in 2016. Mr Hiscock said he always looks to hire from TAFE NSW because of the top quality teaching and development of the highest calibre of graduates.
“Nicholas is a true professional and his work is a positive reflection on the industry. We are proud to hire staff that are at an elite skill-level so that we can continue providing our customers with great service.”

The Automotive industry employs over 356,000 Australians. Demand for automotive workers is growing due to an ageing workforce, the increase in technical skills required for modern vehicles, people holding onto older vehicles, increases in domestic driving holidays, and the return to commuting by motor vehicles following COVID-19 disruptions.
TAFE NSW Automotive Head Teacher Kirk Trease congratulated Mr McLaren on his outstanding display of talent and the preparation he put into the competition in the months leading up to it.

“The demand for employees growing, which means now is the time to get qualified. The Certificate III in Automotive Technology is a nationally accredited course and fully subsidised under JobTrainer.”

For more information about courses at TAFE NSW or via TAFE Digital, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601

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INSURANCE BECOMING A MAJOR CHALLENGE FOR RECOVERY

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Business NSW regional manager Jane Laverty

INSURANCE BECOMING A MAJOR CHALLENGE FOR RECOVERY

The state’s peak business organisation, Business NSW says its members have named insurance as the biggest negative cost driver for their businesses.
“There’s no doubt that businesses need the ability to protect against catastrophic loss. We are seeing this clearly in the Northern Rivers right now. Without these protections, business owners become personally liable which in not tenable and this makes NSW less globally competitive,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Jane Laverty
“As insurance premiums increase and risk becomes more ‘uninsurable’ or unaffordable through existing market mechanisms, we are at a moment when Government, partnered with industry, need to consider alternative models so that we remain globally competitive,” Mrs Laverty said.
“The NSW Government and business has led the world in financial service innovation, and we now have an opportunity to re-think how business can obtain coverage, price risk, and continue to thrive in a fast-changing world.
Business NSW is currently exploring ways to improve the system, whether it be through legislation, Discretionary Mutual Funds (DMFs), other insurance alternatives and other policy settings that ensure the sustainability and resilience of NSW businesses.
“We welcome market innovators to engage with us to drive this change.” Says Mrs Laverty.
“Our research suggests that the problem is much bigger than just insurance costs with wider trends around insurability presenting significant challenges for businesses globally. These trends include:
• Premiums escalating year on year from 20% to over 100% in some cases;
• Product exclusions rising, leading to businesses being under-insured;
• Insurance sub-segments exhibiting market failure where risk is either uninsurable or unaffordable;
• Number of uninsurable businesses even after decades of coverage;
• Number of insurance providers leaving the market;
• Urgent need for Government and industry intervention/reinvention. This will likely require new legislation (and in some instances underwrite some risks) to ensure businesses can continue to operate
• Review of alternative models, such as, Discretionary Mutual Funds (DMF) that could provide an alternative for businesses that can group common risks
• The rise of natural disasters (bushfires, floods, etc) and geo-political instability raising the risk that insurance costs limit growth for several business sectors.
“Speaking with businesses across the region this week, there is the obvious concern about staying in a town that is uninsurable and just as much fear from those with previously acceptable premiums that this will no longer be the case and will have a significant impact on their business costs”. Mrs Laverty said.

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LAUNCH OF WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDE FOR ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT INDUSTRY

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LAUNCH OF WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDE FOR ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT INDUSTRY

SafeWork NSW has launched its ‘Work Health and Safety Guide for the Road Freight Transport Industry’ to help keep thousands of workers and the community safe.

SafeWork NSW Executive Director of Compliance and Dispute Resolution, Tony Williams, said the Guide was developed following extensive consultation with key industry stakeholders including transport industry groups, unions, Transport for NSW and interstate regulators.

“The transport industry is an essential service provider for all Australians but unfortunately records a high rate of fatalities and serious injuries with major claims for injuries around 50 per cent greater than the average employment sector,” Mr Williams said.

“The Guide provides transport operators and supply chain businesses with practical and tailored work health and safety information relating to working in and around vehicles.

“Risks covered include loading and unloading, traffic management, working at heights, immobilisation and hazardous manual tasks as well as health risks from psychosocial hazards.

“This is a comprehensive resource for the transport industry that will help build skills and knowledge to protect workers from serious harm. It highlights the importance of embedding road safety within the workplace by focusing on improving work health and safety systems and practices, responding to changes in technology, injury recovery, and learning from incidents that occur.

“The Guide, having received a commitment from industry and being supported by SafeWork NSW, promotes a safer road freight transport industry to meet the demands of the growing NSW economy,” Mr Williams said.

The Guide can be found on the SafeWork NSW website here.

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EXPANDED SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF NOW AVAILABLE

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EXPANDED SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF NOW AVAILABLE

From today eligible sole traders, not-for-profit organisations and small businesses in NSW will be able to access up to $2,000 in relief to help them bounce back and get the economy firing again.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the increased and expanded grant would provide businesses with additional relief as part of the NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Strategy.

“From today, the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate will increase from $1,500 to $2,000 and will now include road user tolls for business usage,” Mr Kean said.

“The rebate can be claimed against eligible NSW and local Government fees and charges that are required to run a business such as food authority licences, liquor licences, event fees and council rates.

“It’s been a tough year for sole traders and small operators and this is one more way the NSW Government is helping to keep businesses in business.”

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said 70,000 businesses had already lodged a claim under the initial scheme, saving more than $82 million since it was launched on 1 April 2021.

“The expanded Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate will be available to small businesses across the State, from your local electrician paying for their trade licence to the café on the corner setting up outdoor seating,” Mr Tudehope said.

“The expansion to cover road tolls paid since 1 March 2021 will be especially helpful to those businesses who spend a lot of time in the car, truck or van.

“Toll relief of up to $2,000 will have a significant impact on the bottom line for a small business.”

Business owners can apply for the rebate by logging into their Business Profile via the MyService NSW Account.

Once approved, businesses will be provided with a $2,000 digital voucher in their Business Profile which applicants can draw down on to offset the cost of Government expenses.

Simply lodge your proof of payment and the money will be refunded back into your bank account.

Small businesses which have already registered for the previous $1,500 Small Business Rebate program will not be required to re-register. Those businesses will receive an automatic $500 top-up to the digital voucher. New applicants will receive one $2,000 digital voucher.

Applications for the rebate from new businesses will open today. These businesses can submit claims as soon as their application has been approved.

For more information on how to apply, visit nsw.gov.au.

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