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IR Alert – Federal Court Rules on What is Not Casual

Employers must urgently rethink its casual workforce in light of the full Federal Court decision that a WorkPac labour hire casual truck driver was in fact NOT a casual employee and was entitled to payment for accrued annual leave. Justices Richard Tracey, Mordy Bromberg and Darryl Rangiah have upheld Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Jarrett’s…

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Unauthorised Use of Traffic Management Designer Credentials

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (the department) has seen several instances of Traffic Management Designers’ (TMD) names, electronic signatures and numbers being used without their authority. The purpose of this fact sheet is to advise professionals in the traffic management industry that instances of inappropriate and intentionally fraudulent use of TMD credentials do…

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Safety Incident Alerts: 16 August 2018

The following safety incident alerts have recently been released. Please click where relevant for further details. Electric shock while dispensing diesel from tank: A worker was refuelling a trailer tanker from an above ground bulk diesel tank, when he noticed small flashes of light coming from inside the filter bowl. He decided to touch the bowl…

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Work Health and Safety Queensland – Managing Risk

The WHS legislation requires persons who conduct a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to manage all work health and safety risks, so that the health and safety of workers and other people are not affected by an organisation’s conduct. Explaining ‘hazards’ and ‘risks’ Hazard: A hazard is a situation or thing that has the potential to harm…

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North Brisbane Bikeway Stages Two and Three

Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council (BCC) have reached an agreement which will allow the delivery stages two and three of the North Brisbane Bikeway. The dedicated bikeway was critical for greater Brisbane and will connect the CBD to Chermside. Separated bike facilities reduce the need for the interaction between motorists and bike riders on…

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QTRIP 2018-19 Industry Briefing

Last week, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) held an Industry Briefing on the program works announced under Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) 2018-19 to 2021-22. QTRIP is published annually and details the current transport and road projects to be delivered over the next four years to meet the infrastructure needs…

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Cross River Rail Work Packages

Cross River Rail have a new opportunity open – the Tunnels, Stations and Development (TSD) Package. Details are below, and you can also click here for further information. Name Opens Full Scope Closes Cart and Disposal of Spoil 06/08/18 14/09/18 Cranage 06/08/18 14/09/18 Formwork 06/08/18 14/09/18 Labour Hire 06/08/18 14/09/18 Major Plant Hire 06/08/18 14/09/18 Minor…

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Nominations Open to Name Toowoomba’s Second Range Crossing

On Monday 30th July, submissions opened for the chance to name the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC). Community members can submit recognition names for the 41km road, 800m-long viaduct and the new twin arch bridges which span as part of the New England Highway over the new road. The actual toll road will administratively be…

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TMR Tri-Annual Publication Cycle – July 2018

The tri-annual release of technical documents has been published to the Department of Transport and Main Roads website. Please see below summaries of updates on a range of documents. Please click where applicable for further details. SPECIFICATIONS: 24 specification suites have been published, including the newly titled MRTS08 Plant-Mixed Heavily Bound (Cemented) Pavements and MRTS35 Recycled Material Blends for…

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The New Chain of Responsibility Laws are Almost Here

Changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) are due to ‘go live’ on 1 October 2018. For anyone who has been deaf to the ‘drum-beat’ of the last two years (or so), now is very much the time to not only start thinking about upgrading your compliance, but to actually start doing it. Speaking objectively,…

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Fuel Tax Credit Rates Change from 1 August 2018

Fuel tax credit rates will increase for fuel acquired from 1 August 2018 in line with indexation of fuel excise duty.  You can view the new rates on the ATO website. The ATO would like to remind CCF QLD members about the tools and resources they have available to assist you: the easy-to-use fuel tax…

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