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eWise - January 2019

Happy New Year! 

We hope you all had a restful break, and are preparing for what looks to be a busy 2019. At WISE we are ready to assist your organisation in managing workplace complaints, training and governance independently, to the current best practice standards.

2019 sees some major legislative changes that affect workplaces, including changes to whistleblower legislation and the new NSW Local Government Councils' Model Code of Conduct. With State and Federal elections due to be held, there are likely to be changes in its wake. 

Whats New?

Our first short course of the year is due to be held in Melbourne 11-13 February 2019. Conducting Workplace Investigations continues to be a popular course. We have had high levels of enrolment and lots of interest in our future dates and other courses. The details of the training are below.

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We are proud to announce we are a sponsor of the upcoming National HR Summit - being held 26-27 March 2019 at Luna Park Sydney. This gathering of HR professionals from across Australia allows the sharing of ideas, strategies and insights relevant to the HR industry. 

Options for attending vary from paid access to directors' forums or conferences, to free entry to the expo - we will be on stand 33, and would love to see you!

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The Aged Care Commission had a preliminary hearing on 18 January 2019. During this session each Commissioner set out their vision for the Royal Commission, including the conduct of the hearings to follow. 

The Commission will commence hearing evidence from witnesses in February. Almost 2000 aged care providers sent letter requesting information about complaints and examples of sub-standard care. The top 100 providers were asked to respond by 7 January and 83 have done so. The remaining 1,900 providers' deadline is 8 February 2019. 

The expected key themes of the inquiry will be: quality and safety, access and inclusion, young people with disabilities, future challenges and opportunities, and how to deliver quality care in a sustainable way. 

According to the Commission letters had been sent to all approved aged care providers across Australia, asking them to identify any complaints or examples of sub-standard care. It was stated any provider who did not engage with the commission will 'draw attention to themselves and their practices'. 

It was further stated it would be unlawful for an employer to take punitive action against an employee or former employee who has assisted the commission. 

Witnesses will begin giving evidence starting in Adelaide next month, before the inquiry moves across the country. 

An interim report will be provided by 31 October 2019, and a final report by the end of April 2020. 

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The ACT Ombudsman Office is again holding free information sessions about the Reportable Conduct Scheme in 2019. 

The information sessions provide an introduction to the scheme, and are recommended for those responsible for responding to allegations of reportable conduct within relevant organisations, and those who are responsible for training employees and volunteers about reportable conduct and the scheme. 

The upcoming sessions are; 

- 30 January 2019, 10am - 12pm

- 13 March 2019, 10am - 12pm 

To register your attendance, or for further information, simply email your name, organisation and contact details to act@ombudsman.gov.au

Updates

In our September 2018 E-Wise Newsletter, we informed you regarding the upcoming changes to the new '2018 Model Code of Conduct' for Councillors for Local Government in NSW. This model was prescribed on 14 December 2018 and applies to more than 45,000 staff and nearly 1,300 councillors at 128 councils across NSW.

Councils must adopt the new Model Code of Conduct and Procedures within 6 months of prescription (by 14 June 2019). The existing adopted Codes of Conduct and Procedures will remain in force until Councils adopt a new Code of Conduct and Procedures. 

The new 2018 Model Code of Conduct and Procedures only applies from 14 June 2019, or from the date on which it is adopted by the Council (whichever is first). 

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If you are interested in reading our blogs regularly they are released weekly on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social media pages - simply search for WISE Workplace on your chosen social media platform.  


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Addressing Post-Investigation Workplace Culture

By Vince Scopelliti

Workplace investigations may cause disruption and even animosity in the workplace. An incident occurred and a workplace investigator must attempt to get to the heart of the problem. Once the investigation is over, there will inevitably be fallout in the workplace, which any employer would be well advised to address actively. 

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Whistleblowers Changes - Getting Your Policies Right

By Vince Scopelliti

With the new change to whistleblower legislation soon to be debated and enacted, it's essential to assess whether or not your business is compliant. An important part of ensuring compliance with the changes lies in the development of robust policies to protect whistleblowers.  

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How to Transform a Toxic Workplace for a Productive 2019   

By Vince Scopelliti

A toxic workplace culture can place significant barriers in the way of achieving business objectives. If toxicity has invaded your office, it is likely that you are dealing with staff who are unproductive, resentful, unmotivated and perhaps difficult to discipline. 

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Putting the 'Reasonable Person' to the Test

By Vince Scopelliti

When determining what led to a certain set of events or making an important decision, it is essential for investigators and decision makers to have regard to an objective standard. 

In trying to get to the bottom of a situation or establishing an appropriate course of action, relying on the 'reasonable person' ensures that a broader perspective is taken.

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What's On

 
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Conducting Workplace Investigations - Advanced (3-days)

Location: Melbourne
Date: 11 - 13 February 2019 


Location: Sydney
Date: 18 - 20 March 2019 


Location: Perth
Date: 3 - 5 April 2019 


Location: Hobart
Date: 21-23 May 2019 


Location: Canberra
Date: 12- 14 June 2019 


Location: Brisbane
Date: 10 - 12 September 2019 


Location: Sydney
Date: 16 - 18 October 2019 


Location: Melbourne
Date: 12 - 14 November 2019 



Investigating Workplace Misconduct (1-day)

Location: Adelaide
Date: 13 March 2019 



Location: Brisbane
Date: 29 April 2019 


Location: Sydney
Date: 14 May 2019


Location: Melbourne
Date: 17 June 2019 


Location: Perth
Date: 29 July 2019 


Location: Hobart
Date: 13 August 2019 


Location: Darwin
Date: 16 September 2019 


Location: Canberra
Date: 19 November 2019 


For more information on Investigating Workplace Misconduct


Investigating Abuse In Care (4-day)

Location: Melbourne
Date: 23-26 July 2019 



Location: Sydney
Date: 6-9 August 2019 


For more information on Investigating Abuse In Care

 

 

 

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