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$37,000 for rural businesses hiring an apprentice

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If you own a business in a rural or regional area, you may be eligible for up to $37,000 in wage subsidies for employing an apprentice.  The recently announced $60m Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy (AAWS) targets regional and rural small businesses that may be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $37,000 for employing an apprentice.  More information is available here or call Chris Turner, local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider at AMA, 9 Craigie Street, Bunbury 1800 808 568.

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Mental Fitness Summit - an explosion of talented mental fitness professionals

Mental fitness is associated with positive mind states such as resilience, cheerfulness and adaptability. It is the culture, the mindset, the tool for ensuring you have the most effective and efficient workforce possible. Away from work mental fitness includes diet, sleep and a host of other elements which allow an individual to always be at their Everybest

Everybest is a term that we have phrased to indicate personal effectiveness. With the ever increasing anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue and burnout incidents happening at work, companies must further develop their culture to avoid these types of workers comp and performance issues.

The Mental Fitness Summit was a one day explosion of talented mental fitness professionals presenting hints, tips and ideas on how to build individual and workplace mental fitness.

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Another awesome group of Safety Reps completes SHREP course

safetyReps webA big congratulations goes to last weeks Safety Reps who successfully completed their 5 day Safety Rep Introduction Course in Bunbury.  We've shared some of the great feedback we received:-


"Very informative, inclusive with discussions and activities.  Great facilities and refreshments"

"Engaging and interactive"

"Kept me engaged and very informative"

"Everyone gets involved - never boring"

"Exciting, engaged and interactive"

"Easy going delivery of presentation, comprehensive content"



 Best aspects of the course - "practical aspects of the course were really helpful, Click Colours, very comprehensive"

"Good pace and varied methods, dry information put in a fun and interesting way" 

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New penalties for OSH breaches

OSH PenaltiesPenalties for breaches of Western Australia’s workplace health and safety laws increased on 3 October 2018. The new penalties are consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act), with a further 14 per cent increase for inflation since 2010.

Examples for a first offence by a body corporate include:

• Level 1 penalties increase from $50,000 to $450,000.
• Level 4 penalties increase from $500,000 to $2.7 million.

Terms of imprisonment for individual offenders have increased from two to five years for level 4 offences.

The new penalties operate in workplaces covered by the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.  Download the amendment here.

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Disability and Accessibility - Free Workshops in Bunbury


The words 'Disability' and 'Accessibility' are thrown around a fair bit these days.  But do you really understand what they really mean? Do you really have a handle on inclusion?  Why not find out from people that understand it better than most?

Ben Aldridge and the team at 30 Foot Drop are proud to present a fully funded program called 2 Wise Monkeys - a workshop series that seeks to help both executives and people working with customers to change their view on disabilities.   

Venue: ECU CBD LEARNING HUB, downstairs @ Maker + Co, Bunbury
Dates: 10th & 11th October

Head over to the 2 Wise Monkeys website and find out more.  

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