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Fair Work Education and Information program grants.

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The Hon Julia Gillard MP 

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations 

Minister for Social Inclusion 

Deputy Prime Minister 

29 June, 2009  

Media release 

Fair Work Education and Information program grants  

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, has today announced that funding offers have been made under the Fair Work Education and Information program.

As promised at the last election, the Government is facilitating a targeted education and information program to ensure employees, employers and small businesses understand the new workplace relations system.

Following a competitive selection exercise conducted by an independent panel, 19 community, employee, employer and small business organisations have been offered a total of $12.9m in Fair Work Education and Information Program grants. A list of the successful applicants is attached.

The bodies have been selected based on the ability to meet the requirements of the program as set out in the ‘Fair Work Education and Information Program Guidelines for Applicants’. The Guidelines are available online at

Grant recipients will provide information and education services to employees, employers and small business operators about the Fair Work Act and how it will affect them.

A key focus of this phase of the program is to ensure employers, particularly small businesses, learn about the new system and comply with it, including new aspects such as the Fair Dismissal Code for Small Business.

It is proposed that a further round of the program be implemented in coming months with a specific focus on employees. It will cover the provision of information to employees about the new safety net (the 10 National Employment Standards and modern awards).

This round will be implemented in the lead up to the commencement of the new safety net on 1 January 2010.

Information and education services to be provided by the current grant recipients will include interactive online material in multiple languages; workshops; and a broad range of information materials. Details of the scheduled and publicly accessible workshops will be

made available at

The Rudd Government understands that with any change of the scale associated with the Fair Work Act, there is a need for clear and reliable information so that small businesses, employers and employees are able to understand the changes to ensure minimal disruption.

From 1 July 2009, and Fair Work Infoline 131 394 will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for education, information and advice on all aspects of the new workplace relations system.

This replaces an alphabet soup of agencies which were almost impossible for organisations and individuals to navigate through.

These changes are the changes put to the Australian people at the last election and follow an unprecedented level of consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

In the meantime, more information on the changes to the workplace relations system, including on Fair Work Australia and the Fair Work Ombudsman, is available at

Organisations offered grants under the Fair Work Education and Information Program

Organisation  Funding Offer 

ACT Chamber of Commerce $156 600

Aged and Community Services Australia $208 800 Australian Mines and Metals Association

$435 000

Australian Chamber Alliance $2 548 000

Australian Council of Trade Unions $ 2 549 023 Australian Hotels Association $234 900

Australian Human Resources Institute

$309 400

Australian Industry Group $1 911 000

Australian Retailers Association $400 200 Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation $217 500

Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia

$2 220 000

Job Watch $364 800

Master Builders Association $282 100

Master Grocers Association $151 647

National Farmers’ Federation $348 000

National Retail Association $217 500

Recruitment and Consulting Services Association Ltd $136 500 Restaurant and Catering Australia $130 500 Victorian Automobile Chamber of $69 600

Commerce TOTAL $12 893 070

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