Landscape Queensland has had a busy start to the year representing members and the broader landscape industry through our involvement in the Ministerial Construction Committee and the Building Construction & Maintenance Advisory Group. Much of these discussions have been centred around the proposed Qld Building Plan. Submissions have also been made by LQ to the Department of Housing & Public Works in response to the State Governments proposed Qld Building Plan and landscape industry specific licensing related issues.
LQ has continued an involvement in the Construction Skills Qld training consultation process through our attendance of the Industry Leaders Consultation Seminar. Members can read the CSQ 2017-18 Annual Training Plan for further details. Members are also encouraged to complete the CSQ Annual Industry Survey and provide valuable feedback to industry on your business's training needs.
Expressions of Interest - LQ Education & Training Committee
To further tackle training and skills issues in our industry, LQ is now calling on Expressions of Interest from members wanting an involvement in our Landscape Queensland Education and Training Committee. This committee will have a broad scope including reviewing training packages, identifying training needs, discussing training quality issues and considering ways to promote landscaping as a genuine employment option to current school students. To express your interest or to seek further information please email email@example.com or phone the LQ office on 1300 883 966.
Thanks to Timber Queensland & The Australian Timber Flooring Association for this article.
Landscape Queensland is proud to introduce a new member benefits partner Atlas Equipment Finance who can provide members with access to national fleet discounts you may not otherwise be entitled to. Gain pre-approval for up to $150,000 for motor vehicles, trucks, plant & equipment with NO financials if you can answer YES to 4 easy questions.
Inspiring the Future is a campaign aimed at sharing authentic career stories with school students and they would love to have people like you commit just one hour a year to share your career story.
What would you like to share with younger versions of yourself, still in school and facing an uncertain future?
Can you help students appreciate the wealth of current and emerging landscape career opportunities before them and the importance of a good education as a foundation to future success?
Minister for Housing & Public Works, Mick de Brenni, requested the creation of a register of licensed tradespeople to be hosted on the QBCC website which will be used by home and property owners to source tradespeople to perform repairs and rebuilding work whom are registered, experienced in and licensed to handle asbestos and older houses and buildings with structural damage. Members are encouraged to volunteer if they are - all nominees will be vetted by QBCC to ensure only registered and licensed tradespeople are on the register.
650 Queensland businesses were recently audited by WorkCover and the findings revealed that uninsured business accounted for approximately 260 claims in 2015, costing the scheme close to $6.5 million.
Additionally the audit revealed 15 per cent of employers did not declare superannuation as part of their assessable wages, 8 per cent failed to declare wages paid to contractors, and 3 per cent were uninsured.
Small businesses in regional and rural parts of the state were more likely to be under-insured or uninsured, a WorkCover spokesperson advised.
Tony Hawkins, WorkCover Queensland CEO, said that although most businesses have an accident insurance policy with the correct premium, non-compliance remains a concern.
He went onto say "Any Queensland business who employs a worker is breaking the law if they don't have a WorkCover Accident Insurance policy. It's never too late to start complying and doing so can reduce the costs should a worker be injured.”
“Uninsured employers who lodge WorkCover claims will be held to account. These businesses will be subject to significant financial penalties, including the cost of the claim which can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars for severe injuries," said Hawkins.
Hawkins revealed that WorkCover planned on doing more employer compliance audits this year.
If you have any questions regarding WorkCover or any other general insurance inquiries please contact Amy Morrison at Insurance House on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0417 808 407
Thanks to LQ partner Reece Irrigation for hosting the recent series of seminars held on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. LQ Members had the opportunity to see the latest in Smart Irrigation products and learn how this technology can benefit the landscape contractor and their clients. For more information go to www.reece.com.au/irrigation/smart-irrigation or contact your local Reece Irrigation store.
If you find yourself easily distracted, stressed when under pressure and unable to think clearly then this article by member benefits partner PROTrade United can help you to re focus and prioritise using mindfulness - more than just a buzz word.
Nursery & Garden Industry Qld - NGIQ - Trade Days - Full list of dates for 2017 Trade Days
The Landscape Industry Costing Guide - Edition 7 is packed with information vital to your business you can't afford to be without one - purchase yours today from the LQ website shop.
Our approach to work place health and safety had traditionally been to use our common sense in day to
day work practices and conform with the minimum that was required by law. With the recent
introduction of the amended WHS laws and the offer of a free information night from Landscape
Queensland partner Stack Masula, we decided it was time to look at our approach more seriously.
Like many contractors I’m sure, we had our reservations about the cost to our business and the time it
would take to implement the required changes. We have a staff of 12, and for our business I estimate
it took me just one day of my own time, plus two days of a dedicated staff member, and around
$3,000.00 in costs. There were the expected jokes and rolling of eyes when we first started making
changes, but talking to staff now it is genuinely appreciated that we talk about safety regularly and
consider their safety at work a serious issue. It is also a comforting feeling as an employer to know that
if there is ever an incident at work then you have done what can reasonably be expected to have avoided
The documentation can be daunting when read in isolation, but in consultation with Stack Masula it can
be modified to suit individual workplaces (as we have done), so that it does not become a burden.
I would recommend it to all Landscape Queensland members who haven’t already done so.
Park Lane Landscapes
Member Benefit Partner Stack Masula have assisted many LQ members to sort through the WHS minefield and keep on top of this important area of running their businesses. For further information on how they can help you contact LQ office on 1300 883 966.
Landscape Queensland Board members and Staff would like to thank all of our sponsors.
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