Changes to Fair Work Amendment Act 2012

On 1 January 2013 the following changes came into effect on the Fair Work Amendment Act 2012:

1. Unfair dismissal

Employees dismissed after 1 January 2013 will have 21 days after being dismissed (instead of the current 14) to lodge an unfair dismissal application. Employees will also have 21 days (instead of the current 60) to lodge an application where they claim a breach of the general protections provisions (Part 3-1 of the FW Act) that gave rise to their dismissal.

All the new rules about dismissals apply to dismissals which take effect on or after 1 January 2013.

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New M2 Christie Road and Herring Road ramps opening to traffic mid January 2013

Mid January, the newly completed east facing Christie Road and Herring Road ramps will open to traffic, completing the second stage of the $550 million Hills M2 Upgrade project.

The new east facing ramps are an important new connection, improving access to Macquarie Business Park, Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre and the Sydney Orbital Network. Motorists will now be able to join and exit the Hills M2 Motorway using Herring Road and Christie Road, improving access to the growing Macquarie Park business and residential district.

The new ramps are forecast to provide save up to 3 minutes in the AM peak and 5 minutes in the PM peak period, saving motorists up to 40 minutes on their weekly commute.

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Hate red tape? Help us identify licence reform priorities in NSW and have your say

We have received the following from IPART, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, via the NSW Business Chamber. You are invited to have your say on reducing red tape when it comes to licences and licensing in NSW.


The NSW Government has asked IPART to review licences in NSW and identify those licences where reform would produce the greatest reduction in costs to business and the community. There are currently about 1,000 different types of licences in NSW. They cover every aspect of the economy – including trades and professions, transport and motor vehicles, environmental protection, health, education, liquor, gaming and recreational activities, to name just some areas.

Today IPART released an Issues Paper, which discusses key questions for our review. We have also recently released a shorton-line survey for licence holders.

We are seeking your input to identify licence reform priorities to reduce red tape.  In particular, we are seeking information on licences that are unnecessary, have excessive requirements or are poorly administered.  Your feedback will ensure that our recommendations achieve the best possible outcomes.

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