ASBFEO Releases Small Business Cyber Security Guide

By Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman A Cyber Security Best Practice Guide has been developed to help busy small business operators understand the risks and how to prevent cyber attacks. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman published the guide after research showed 60 per cent of small firms that experienced a […]

NRA Legal: Work Health and Safety Workshops

Employers have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of their staff. This translates to a need to provide a sufficient system for managing health and safety hazards and risks in the workplace. One way of ensuring compliance with your duty of care is to implement work health and safety manuals and […]

Asbestos Safety Survey

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is undertaking national research on building a tailored business case template and tool to assist businesses in the safe management and removal of asbestos.  Feedback on this issue is extremely important and all information provided is strictly confidential.   Your response we will help prepare a template for a business […]

WorkCover Qld offers discount for apprentice employers

QUEENSLAND As part of the Queensland Government’s attempts to drive jobs for younger workers and training in skilled work, WorkCover Queensland is offering employers of apprentices a discount on their insurance premiums. Starting 1 July 2017, employers who employ at least one apprentice can save on their insurance premiums by declaring how much they expect […]

Safety step costs Coles $1 million


by Angela Szczepanski and Troy Wild, NRA Legal The ACT Supreme Court has ordered Coles to pay a former staff member over $1 million after she fell from a safety step she says she wasn’t trained to use. Nicole Harris suffered injuries to her right hip, right ankle, right knee and right shoulder when she […]

Toppling furniture and televisions: Anchor them for child safety

>> go to ‘Former VP of Fair Work Commission shares insight with retailers‘   Toppling furniture and televisions: Anchor them for child safety   The National Retail Association (NRA) has today released a Best Practice Guide for Furniture and Television Tip-Over Prevention in an effort to improve child safety. Each year hundreds of children suffer […]

Workers suffer unexpected & severe chemical burns

Chemical safety

SafeWork NSW has released a safety alert after workers suffered severe chemical burns to their feet whilst cleaning chemical spills in restaurant and hotel kitchens in two separate incidents. On both occasions the workers did not notice the caustic chemicals soaking into their footwear (casual soft soled shoes) and socks and it was not until […]

Bicycle safety standards review – call for submissions

Bicycles in Australia are currently regulated by a mandatory safety standard that sets out requirements for braking, steering function, reflectors, bells, identification markers and user guidance. In addition to the mandatory standard all State and Territory road rules require bicycles to have a brake, reflectors and a bell. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) […]

New food labelling website

The NSW Food Authority is helping consumers and industry navigate the often overwhelming world of food labels with an online, interactive food labelling hub. The new resource on the Food Authority website aims to help consumers make informed choices about food, and industry to find information essential to food labelling compliance quickly and easily. The […]

Take the lead in addressing domestic violence in your workplace

A recent study conducted in Canada has identified that one in three workers had experienced domestic violence (DV) at some point in their life. Despite these statistics there was minimal evidence found of employers understanding and taking action to assist victims of DV. The purpose of the study was to examine: The awareness of co-worker […]

Anxious wait over for national retail Finalists

Innovative, resourceful, self-starting, and downright talented. These are the words used to describe the crop of incredible retailers who’ve made it through to be named Finalists in the National Retail Association’s (NRA’s) 2016 Rewards for Excellence. The NRA has today revealed who’s in the running for the most prestigious Awards in the country, which acknowledge […]

Performance meeting ends worker’s comp claim

Lim v Comcare [2016] FCA 709 A worker has attempted to appeal an Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision to dismiss her worker’s compensation claim. The claim had been refused on the basis that her psychiatric injury was partly caused by a poor performance review. The Tribunal found that worker’s injury was excluded from worker’s compensation by […]

Final call for Rewards for Excellence nominations

Nominations for the National Retail Association’s (NRA) 2016 Rewards for Excellence close this Friday 3 June. Rewards for Excellence is a fantastic opportunity to go for gold and be recognised as a leader within the industry. This awards program is considered amongst the highest of accolades and those that are nominated are deemed the best […]

Rewards for Excellence – 1 month left to nominate

It’s estimated that WHS incidents cost businesses around $31.4million in compensation payments each year in Queensland alone with an average of 25 days off work. Creating a safe working environment is a responsibility of all businesses, however companies who go above and beyond empower their employees with a feeling of security, helping to retain staff […]

Product safety and compliance challenges

The National Retail Technical Standards Committee will be meeting in Sydney later this month to discuss the current challenges of product safety and compliance. The committee is an important forum for the development of the retail industry policy. It communicates regularly with government decision-makers and agencies, including Standards Australia, the ACCC, offices of Fair Trading […]

Amendments to Work Health and Safety Act 2011 come into effect

As part of its commitment to improving safety for Queenslanders at work, the Palaszcuk Government has introduced a number of changes to the State’s work health and safety (WHS) laws. Legislation that was recently passed to restore elements of the original Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld), which were altered following a review of […]