30 March 2020 / COVID-19

PM's JobKeeper Payment Subsidy Announcements

The Prime Minister just made the following announcements:

  • The Australian Government is delivering a plan to provide Australians with an economic lifeline for the many months ahead
  • They are trying to protect and preserve the economy
  • Many countries in the months ahead and perhaps beyond that may see their economies collapse or hollow out
  • In the very worst situations some countries may fall into chaos
  • This will not be Australia
  • It will be dealt with using very Australian solutions
  • Using Australian systems to address these situations
  • Keeping Australians in jobs and businesses in jobs
  • Cushioning the blow for those who will be significantly impacts
  • The latest package will come at a cost of $130 billion over the next six months is in addition to the $70 billion of support already announced by the Australian Government (plus $15 billion of support by the States and Territories)
  • Support the jobs and livelihoods of more than 6 million Australians estimated to need the life line
  • The Federal Government is today introducing $1,500 JobKeeper fortnightly payment to keep Australians in their jobs
  • The Government will pay employers who will pay their employees and to make sure they do using the Single Touch Payroll system
  • To keep them in the businesses that employ them and bounce back on the other side
  • Want to keep the engine of our economy running through this crisis
  • Businesses large and small across the entire economy will share this with the welfare system to provide this income support
  • Sees every Australian worker the same way no matter what you earn
  • Extending arrangements for JobSeeker to those who are receiving payments / seeking to receive where they have a partner pay income test will be changed to annual income of $79,620 per annum to broader access to the payment (previously it was $48,000)

The Treasurer announced:

  • The Government is working closely with banks, utility and insurance companies to help customers get to the other side
  • Focused on keeping Australians in jobs and businesses in business
  • The JobKeeper payment is $1,500 flat payment per fortnight (about 70% of the median wage) and applies to everyone full-time and part-time, sole traders (casuals who have been with their employe for more than 12 months)
  • Employers and sole traders can apply to the ATO from today and back dated to 30 March 2020
  • If someone has been stood down since 1 March 2020, they are still eligible
  • Support applies to businesses with a fall in revenue of 30% (I missed the revenue for this category, but will update once I know)
  • and to businesses with a turnover of more than $1 billion with a revenue fall of 50%
  • There is no superannuation guarantee on the payment
  • Employers can top up the payment if an employee is paid more than $1,500 per fortnight

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29 July / Notice

We've secured new agreements to provide Hutchies' teams consistent service, products and pricing. 

Bingo & United

We have a new partnership with Bingo Industries and United Waste Services across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This expands Hutchies' price competitive options for construction and demolition waste bins.

Bingo / United covers:

  • New South Wales – As north as Dungog, out to Katoomba, all of Sydney and down to Nowra in southern NSW
  • Queensland – Morayfield down togreater Brisbane region, west out to Tivoli and down to Kingscliff in NSW
  • Victoria – most of Greater Melbourne and surrounds

Raw Skips

Our long term partner in South East Queensland has secured their rates exclusive to Hutchies for the next 6 months.

Raw Skips and their partner Whale Skips cover most of the South East Queensland regions – from Gold Coast right up to Noosa and everything in between.

Benefits

Our suppliers both have a range of options available at exclusive prices:

  • Guaranteed fixed pricing for 6 – 24 months
  • Up to 4 x 1.5m crane bins included at no charge for each project (region / supplier dependent)
  • Below market rates guaranteed
  • Detailed waste reporting & recycling / sustainability reports
  • And more!
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18 July / Update

Hutchies' new Payments system training kicks off this week.

The login details are on page 3 of the draft training manual

Access via this link

Everyone now should have invoices under their test login (you can start testing now).

We are aware of a couple of bugs (The format of the Payment Schedule report & IV performance).

If you experience any issues during testing, please log them here.

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15 July / Notice

With the implementation of our new system for processing claims & invoices, please take note of the following dates to ensure a smooth transition.

  • 25/07/22 – No access to retention release module in Viewpoint.
  • 27/07/22 – No new invoices will be scanned into Filenet.
  • 27/07/22 - Filenet must be cleared entirely by 4pm– no exceptions. Every invoice will need to be actioned and cleared out.
  • 29/07/22 – No access to Filenet until we go live with the new system.
  • 02/08/22 – Go Live.

The week beginning 18/7/22 will be the start of our training blitz.

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12 July / Notice

New > Lead Procedure

Lead management was previously included in Hutchies' Hazardous Substances Procedure.

The separation of lead works / process into a standalone procedure provides updated specific guidance for the identification, assessment, communication, risk controls, monitoring and record management associated with lead works / process on site.

SP:06 Lead

Updated > Removal of Lead Material Checklist

The Removal of Lead Materials Checklist has been updated to address the planning and preparation requirements for lead works / process.

This checklist is used prior to the commencement of work, and confirming the area is safe to re-enter following completion of removal work.

Removal of Lead Material Checklist

WHS System Updates

Other recent updates include:

  • Energisation Permit [HB-HSEQ-F-074-B] — now available in all projects via HammerTech
  • JSA Form — revision of JSA to align with other risk assessment formats

Where there are minor formatting, grammatical updates or moderate changes in wording in any resources / templates, these will be updated automatically in our tools, without formal communication. 

To ensure you're using the latest tools, always access the Safety Systems via Hutchies' Toolbox > HSE tile and use HammerTech for on-site application. 

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Health, Safety & Enviro

Actions

Team Leaders

  • Where your Team does not have a designated HSE Manager or HSE Advisor, please communicate these changes to your Team

Site Management

  • Review project requirement for lead work / process and where applicable implement the lead removal checklist prior to the commencement of work and before opening areas to other work groups

Team HSE Managers

  • Review updates and communicate these changes to projects where there may be lead removal works or energisation activities
  • Provide feedback on application of the process
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4 July / Meetings

Thanks for participating in Hutchies' Quarterly Company Meetings for Site Managers & Administrators.

A copy of each presentation is available to download below.

Share your feedback on this session

Survey > Site Managers' Meeting

Survey > Project Managers & Contract Administrators' Meeting

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1 Jul - 1 Aug / Promotion

As the financial year wraps up, it’s natural to think about the cost of things. Do the products or services we use work for us? And are we getting real value from them? It’s a time of making ‘new financial year resolutions’ – like switching to a health plan that better suits our lifestyle. 

To help kick off the new financial year, Bupa is offering 6 weeks free* in the first year on their range of Corporate Health Cover. So you can start fresh with a health plan that meets their needs and offers great value too.

Here are some of the ways you’ll benefit by joining Bupa health insurance:

  • You'll get a $50 Prezzee Gift Card when you get a quote with Bupa in July
  • You'll get 6 weeks free* on eligible combined Hospital and Extras products by joining between 1 July and 31 July 2022
  • You'll waive the 2 and 6 month waiting periods on Extras cover*
  • You'll get ongoing monthly discounts on Corporate Health Cover

Confused about the Medicare Levy Surcharge this tax time? If you earn over $90,000 as a single or a household income above $180,000 as a couple / family, getting Bupa Hospital Cover could help you at tax time.  

Speak to a health insurance expert now

Phone / 1300 662 074
Email / sales@bupa.com.au
Message / Chat to a live consultant now

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22 June / Legislation Alert

Scaffold Code of Practice 2021 commenced on 1 July 2021, with the exception of Section 2.7.1.1 which had a 12-month delayed commencement.

From 1 July 2022, the following requirement applies to stand-alone scaffolding that has been installed on or after 1 July 2022.

The new recommendation is that the step height from the scaffold stair module onto the working platform should be minimised so that it is no more than 300 millimetres. This only applies where there is a change in direction between landings.

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17 June / New

Hutchies is defined as a ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU). This means we all have a duty to manage risks in our workplaces, including on ‘minor works’ projects.

To assist Project Teams in the management of risks on minor works projects, Hutchies has developed a new Minor Works Safety & Quality Management Plan with associated risk identifier processes for Project Teams. 

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