Monthly Archives: July 2014


A Bricklaying Apprentice – I Didn’t See This Coming!

When my son Charlie left school in December 2013 to become an apprentice landscaper I gave him my full support. Charlie had worked onsite with me occasionally when I was bricklaying, during school holidays to earn a little cash. He always remarked though, that he didn’t want to follow in my footsteps as a bricklayer. “I’m going to be a carpenter or landscaper where I can build with timber and use power tools” he said.

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It’s a Step-Up in Skills to World Competition

From past experiences we’ve learned how critical the training period between bricklaying’s WorldSkills Nationals and the International is. One key difference going into our next international will be the support of the newly created ABBTF “World Class Bricklaying Scholarship”. It will be integral in not only holding our high standing but improving on it. The added bonus is that it also filters through to the general industry and the training sector as they become involved in the development of our representative.

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Be Prepared! WA Landfill Levy Rates Rise Jan 2015

The Western Australia Government has announced increases to the landfill levy effective the January 1, 2015 as part of the 2014/2015 budget.

The current inert rate per tonne for the disposal of construction materials is $8 per tonne. As of the January 1, 2015 the new rate will rise significantly to $40 per tonne and then increase incrementally, through to $70 per tonne as of July 1, 2018. The rise brings the State roughly in line with Victorian and SA rates.

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National Apprentice Pay Rates Started This Week

Individual trade apprentice pay rates under the Modern Award, across all States of Australia, came into line on 1 July 2014 with the transitional arrangement period now completed.

Employers and apprentices should check the current rates at the Fair Work Ombudsman site where a new, improved website tool “PayCheck Plus” provides access to pay rates for employers and apprentices across all trades.

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