Australian Consumer Law Resources

Consumer Affairs Victoria provides via their website Australian Consumer Law Resources to assist businesses  comply with relevant Fair Trading and Consumer Laws.

Specialised focs document are available to assist organizations negotiate these laws, with the following topics available to name a few:

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Export Market Development Grants (EMDP)

The EMDP is coordinated by Australian Trade and Investment Commission, known as AusTrade, their website provides the following overview of EMDP Grants available for organizations considering or currently exporting products that comply to the EMDG Regulations.

AusTrade website states some of the conditions:

“The EMDP Scheme:

  • encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight (8) grants to each eligible applicant”.

 “To be eligible, the business must have:

  • income of not more than $50 million in the grant year
  • incurred at least $15,000 of eligible export expenses under the scheme (first-time applicants can combine two years expenses)
  • principal status for the export business (some exceptions apply, eg. non-profit export focused industry bodies)”.

Austrade Melbourne will be hosting a Free 2 hour session for “Aspiring and current exporters who want to learn about EMDG”in their city office entitled “EMDG Coaching/Information Session” which will be held at 9:30am on 15 August 2016.

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Australia – Regional Water Information

A new “Cool Website” for those interested in Regional Water Information – Hydroclimatic Conditions, Water Use, Trends and Averages


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Global Harmonisation – Dangerous and Hazardous Chemicals

Comcare have provided an update on the Global Harmonisation Scheme (GHS) for Dangerous and Hazardous Chemicals.  The Victorian Dangerous Goods Act has adopted the GHS and is in the process of transitioning. The GHS will become effective for states within Australia who operate under the national Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Act effective 1 January 2017.

So is your organisation GHS ready?   Visit …

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Webinar How the Auditors View ISO 9001-2015

This Webinar How the Auditors View ISO 9001-2015 (1 hour) provides great insight for Quality Managers and Systems Coordinators alike on what to expect during Transition to ISO 9001:2015 QMS

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Australian Quarantine Act 1908 renewal

The Biosecurity Act 2015 will replace the Quarantine Act 1908 on 16 June 2016.

The supporting Regulations, Determinations and Tools are currently open for public consultation, for further information visit Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

If your organisation either imports goods or travels internationally then you will also be interested in the DAWR Introduction to the Biosecurity Act Interactive Learning tool.


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Safety Alert – Asbestos identified in crayons sold within Australia

Australian Government – Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has reported on a SAFETY ALERT warning of Asbestos that has been identified in certain Imported Crayons that have been sold in Australia.

Although the HWSA Imported Materials with Asbestos Working Group have released the Safety Alert the alert represents a low risk to consumers, however, it is important that consumers take an informed and precautionary approach prior to the purchase and use of the listed Crayon products.

A full explanation of the risks and the Crayon Products read the Safety Alert for Consumer / Retailer Fact Sheet.

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ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 Transition

The Final Draft for both ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 have been released which shows promise that they will be fully endorsed by September 2015.

ISO recommends Organisations already using the standards establish a Training Transition Plan:

1. Identify Gaps which need to be addressed to meet new requirements
2. Develop an Implementation Plan
3. Provide Training & Awareness for all parties involved in the sytem Improvement
4. Update existing Management System to meet new requirements and enable verification of effectiveness
5. Provide Training & Awareness for all parties who implement the system.
6. Liaise with Certification Body where transition arrangements need to

The ISO 45001 Committee draft “ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems — Requirements with guidance for use” has been made available for comment and consultation in preparation for anticipated release in October 2016.

If your organisation is already Certified or currently seeking Certification contact to assist with your Transition.


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The injury / death rates related to use of QUAD BIKES within Australia continues to be a great cause for concern in Australia.

Safe Work Australia have established an on-line forum called Quad Watch which reports that “Since 1 January 2015, there has been nine quad bike fatalities, one in New South Wales and two each in Victoria, Tasmania Western Australia and Queensland”.

Quad Watch brings together all available tools, resources, guidance, research, programs and links to enable improved risk control. Quad Watch has established a Quad Bike Stewardship Program to enable voluntary National Reporting program to enable the capture and investigation of Near Miss and Incident information to reduce both risk and incident rates as a group. I encourage participation, the more we know as a nation the better we can improve outcomes of Quad Bike use as a Nation.

Further guidance is provided via Newave Blog – Quad Bikes.

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Employing Mature Aged Workers

The benefits to employing Mature Aged Workers are numerous and the Investing in Experience Tool Kit  provides a guide for employers to plan, engage and retain mature aged workers.  The guide considers mature aged workers those over 45 years of age, and is a useful tool for not only potential employers of mature workers, but is also useful for organizations with an aging workforce.

Funding is currently available through the Restart Wage Subsidy to Employers for engaging Mature Age JobSeekers who are > 50 years of age and who have been unemployed for six months.  The incentives for Employers can be up to $10,000 for engaging a Mature Age JobSeeker for more than 30 hours per week in a successful placement for greater than a twelve month period.  For further information see the Restart Programme Factsheet.

Additionally, funded assistance and support is available to Employers under the Corporate Champions program, contact a Service Provider in your area.

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