NEWS & EVENTS

Norton Summit Notel Dinner
Winter Outing – Hahndorf Hill Winery, Adelaide Hills
Superannuation and Wage Increases – 2013
2012 Victorian Furnishing Training Industry Awards
Workplace Relations Update – 2012


NORTON SUMMIT SCENIC HOTEL NOVEMBER DINNER  (back to top)

This will be the last PFGA function for this year and it is a great opportunity to get together before Xmas.
Mark Saturday 16th November 2013 for this event stating at 7pm in your calendar.
The Scenic Hotel has a reputation for providing great food, great service and an unmatched Adelaide hills focused wine list, and it’s only 15km from the Adelaide CBD. The price for this great event is just $65 per person and include platters on arrival, choice of 3 main courses and 2 desert courses. Drinks are purchase separately. There will also be a door prize.

RSVP by 4th November to Neil Craven so that a booking can be secured. You can phone Neil on 0419 500 609 on email admin@pfga.org.au

Norton Summit Scenic Hotel

 

WINTER OUTING AT HAHNDORF HILL WINERY AND STUDIO D (back to top)

We have organised for our South Australian members what promises to be a very pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable Sunday afternoon of wine tasting at Hahndorf Hill Winery and after a visit to Studio D art gallery at Verdun. The cost for this event is $22 per person. Very reasonable considering that each person receives a complimentary bottle of vine. The event is on Sunday 25th August 2013 at 3pm. The winery is located at 38 Pain Road, Hahndorf. Studio D is located at 25 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun (very close to the winery).

Want to know more about this vinery? visit http://www.hahndorfhillwinery.com.au/. Please complete the registration form and return it to Renee Vardaro or Neil Craven. We need to know numbers of attendees so please RSVP. Click here for a link to the “registration” form.


SUPERANNUATION AND WAGE INCREASES – 2013
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Superannuation 

On 1 July 2013, employers must increase their superannuation contribution to 9.25% for eligible employees.

The current employer requirements are:

  • at a minimum rate of 9% of the employee’s ordinary time earnings (OTE). OTE is the amount an employee earns from their ordinary hours of work and may include bonuses, commissions and shift-loadings.
  • for employees between 18 and 69 years of age, if they are paid more than $450 (gross) in one month. If the employee is under 18 years of age, the employee must also work at least 30 hours per week.

When the changes come into effect on 1 July 2013:

  • the upper age limit will be removed, meaning employers will be required to make superannuation contributions for employees above the age of 69.
  • the amount an employer must contribute will incrementally increase by 0.25% annually until the superannuation guarantee becomes 12%.  The final increase will occur on 1 July 2019.

Wage increases

The Fair Work Commission handed down its decision to increase Award rates of pay by 2.6%.  This increase is operative from the beginning of the first pay period to commence on or after 1 July 2013.  On Monday 3 June 2013, members were advised by email in detail of the decision and will shortly receive a copy of the new wage rates applicable to Picture framers.

 


2012 VICTORIAN FURNISHING TRAINING INDUSTRY AWARDS (back to top)

 

The 2012 Victorian Furnishing Training Industry Awards were held at the Plaza Ballroom at the Regent Theatre on Friday 20th April 2012 and by all measures the night was a great success. Over 280 students, teachers, parents, employers and staff filled the Ballroom to hear the latest from industry leaders and to see the next generation of upcoming stars showcase their skills. The quality of the design and workmanship across all spectrums was outstanding with the levels raised higher than ever before in a night that has been touted as the “Brownlow” of awards within the industry. Giving some of the “Power back to the People”, the new “People’s Choice” award was very popular and went most deservingly to the Andrew Kossenas Award winner, Jesse VanEgmond from Wodonga TAFE.

Unfortunately, though the PFGA sponsors the Picture Framing Apprentice of the Year Award, there was only one entry and the item was not of a high enough standard to be judged as a winner. Next year there will have been 7 finishing apprentices and therefore the competition for the 2013 Picture Framing Apprentice of the Year award is expected to be high.

Congratulations go to Tony Stocks of Framing To A T, a PFGA member, who received the Employer of the Year – Picture Framing award. This award is presented in recognition of training support by employers in the furnishing industry.

The guest speaker, Mr Geoff Divko, is the founder of GDA Associates, manufacturers of bespoke furniture for architects and interior designers. With a passion for superior furniture design that started with a traditional apprenticeship, Geoff went on to study Furniture Design and Technology for six years at RMIT. Equally at home with both traditional and modern techniques, Geoff’s work has included restoration on such iconic buildings as The Royal Mint, The Melbourne Supreme Court and the Reading Room at the Victorian State Library as well as some of Melbourne’s finest private residences. His extensive knowledge of the Australian Manufacturing industry along with his love of native Australian timbers, gave all present a wonderful snapshot of the opportunities that are available to those just starting out.

Congratulations to all finalists, it was great to see so many attend the evening along with partners, families, friends and employers. Special congratulations to the major prize winners of 2012:

The Andrew Kossenas Apprentice of the Year 2012 – Jesse VanEgmond from Wodonga TAFE

The Floorcovering & Finishing Apprentice of the Year – Jayden Browell from TFIA Business Services

The Employer of the Year – Schiavello’s

The People’s Choice Award (a new award for 2012) – Jesse VanEgmond from Wodonga TAFE.

 Joe Mimmo (President, Australian Furniture Association) and Mark Heydon (President PFGA)

From Left to Right – Terry Smythe (Box Hill TAFE), Bryan Langworthy (Box Hill TAFE), Tony Watson (Box Hill TAFE)

Tony Stocks (Framing To A T) and Mark Heydon (President PFGA)

 



WORKPLACE RELATIONS UPDATE  (back to top)

 

ANNUAL WAGE REVIEW 2012  –  MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

On Friday 1 June 2012, Fair Work Australia handed down its decision increasing Award rates of pay.  (This is the first increase in the Award rates of pay since 1 July 2011). 

  • Adult rates of pay for each Award classification are to be increased by 2.9% per week.  This equates to an increase of $19.90 per week for the Award Tradesperson classification rate of pay from $686.20 to $706.10, ($0.52 cents per hour).  Lesser proportional increases are applicable for non trades classifications.
  • Junior and apprentice rates of pay will increase proportionately.
  • The minimum weekly adult rate of pay has been increased by $17.10 to $606.40 per week.
    The pay increase is operative FROM THE FIRST PAY PERIOD TO COMMENCE ON OR AFTER 1 JULY 2012.
  • These increases are absorbable against over award payments and rates of pay increases provided for in Enterprise Agreements, Collective Agreements, ITEA’s and AWA’s.
  • HOWEVER, ALL EMPLOYEES MUST BE PAID AT LEAST THE NEW AWARD RATES OF PAY FOR THEIR CLASSIFICATION.
  • Copies of Award Rates of Pay schedules were forwarded to Members on 25/6/2012.
  • Previously, Fair Work Australia had determined that the Award Casual loadings are to be set at 25% for all Awards.  Where Awards are currently providing for 22%, the Casual Loading will be increased to 23% from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2010 and will increase to 25 % by 2014.
  • Award allowances, (e.g. Leading Hand, meal and first aid) will also be increased.
  • The minimum weekly rate of pay for Adult apprentices has been increased to $606.40 per week.

Members requiring further information are invited to contact PFGA Executive Officer, Neil Craven on 0419 500 609