Musculoskeletal Injuries in Construction are on the Up

Musculoskeletal Injuries in Construction

WorkCover Queensland is advising employers in the construction industry to focus on injury prevention as the industry gears up to take an anticipated end of year 2017 spike in workers’ compensation claims. Kylie Walsh, Customer Experience Manager at WorkCover says data for Construction shows that claims in November 2016 were 33% higher than the number of claims made in November 2015.


Global Skills Challenge in Newcastle confirms Australian Bricklaying is Again on World Stage

Trystan Sammut

When people think of what you can construct in bricks they think of BBQ’s, new homes, high rise buildings and even garden walls. But the guys competing in WorldSkills’ Global Skills Challenge (GSC) are taking it to an all new level of intricacy in training for WorldSkills International in October this year.


SE Qld added to State’s ‘Back to Work’ is good for Bricklayer training.

$20,00 Youth Boost

Excellent news for Southeast Queensland brick and blocklayers wanting to take on a new apprentice, with the State Government now including this Region in its valuable ‘Back to Work’ Package, effective July 1 this year.


New WorkCover Qld Discount on Insurance for Bricklayer with an Apprentice

WorkCover Queensland Logo

Queensland Bricklayers with apprentices will shortly receive a new and ongoing discount on WorkCover accident insurance policy renewals. Apprentices’ wages will henceforth be excluded from the calculation used to determine the mandatory employer’s annual insurance cost for the business.


3.3% Minimum Wage Rise Effective July 2017

Minimum National Wage

The Fair Work Commission has released its annual review of the Minimum National Wage with a flow-on to the pay rate for apprentices, effective from the first pay period in July 2017. The increase is 3.3% across the board for all Year levels of apprentice bricklayer and represents a lift in weekly rates by $22.20 on the minimum wage.


Is Bad Weather a Paid or Unpaid Stand Down?

Is Bad Weather a Paid or Unpaid Stand Down?

Employers would be aware that the Modern Award under which Bricklayers and Apprentices are paid is the Building and Construction Award [MA000020]. For the purpose of clarifying what is ‘fair work’, the Award defines bad weather that might result in the need for a stand down as ‘Inclement weather’. Such weather nearly always necessitates a paid stand down…


Crushing the Myths which can lead to underpaying young workers

Young workers can be vulnerable, so this year the Fair Work Ombudsman is placing high importance on educating employees and business on the myths that are contributing to a concerning number of young Australian workers being underpaid.


China Proves a Valuable Training Experience for Trystan

Become a Bricklayer China Proves Valuable Training Experience

I was recently able to arrange a WorldSkills International training experience in China for Australia’s Bricklaying entrant in the world event in Abu Dhabi October, Trystan Sammut. The Chinese competition’s primary purpose was to assist that country in selecting its competitor for the world stage. I cannot stress how valuable this event proved to be as a training opportunity for Trystan.


Quick thinking Apprentice Brickie applies CPR, saving another tradie’s life

Kyuss Smith - Quick thinking Apprentice Brickie

You never know when you’re going to be put to the test: To have to decide to take responsibility and be accountable in an unpredictable but clearly life-endangered situation needing fast action.

As our apprenticeships industry body, ABBTF is very proud of 17 year old, second year bricklaying apprentice Kyuss Smith, of Gary Pollack Bricklaying, Orange NSW, for stepping up and acting when he did on April 21. He saved a life through his quick thinking and speed when another tradie fell down, and as Kyuss explains was ‘fitting and frothing at the mouth and his eyes rolling back in his head’.


Qld Bricklaying Apprentices – Plan ahead for your Licence

Tony Bishop, ABBTF

Any apprentice brick and blocklayer in Queensland knows that when you decide to start sub-contracting in your own right, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) requires under the law that you be licenced to perform your trade. Following your 4 year Apprenticeship you are legally able to become a sub-contractor and given the work opportunities available, you just may want to commence your own business, soon after qualification. It’s therefore a wise move to start preparations early.


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