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Western Australia announces plans to develop State Disability Plan

National Disability Services WA welcomes the state government's decision to develop at State Disability Plan.
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Fair Work Commission announces next steps in SES Award review

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In a disappointing development in the long-running Supported Employment Services Award Review, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) will seek further submissions on the provisional conclusions expressed in its 16 April 2018 statement.

The statement proposed a conferral process to develop a new wage assessment mechanism for inclusion in the SES Award. United Voice, HSU and AED Legal Centre opposed the conferral process and criticised the provisional conclusions expressed in the Commission’s 16 April statement.As a result, the FWC has concluded that a conferral process is unlikely to achieve the desired objective of a “broad consensus about the design of the new wage assessment mechanism.” The FWC has instead requested that further submissions be lodged by the Award review parties by 19 October, prior to a two-day hearing before the full bench on 5 and 6 November.These submissions are to address the merits of the provisional views expressed in the 16 April Statement and include any proposal for the design and implementation of a new wage assessment mechanism.The FWC has indicated that this course of action is necessary in order to “proceed to determine to finality the matters before us”, including any decision to proceed with the provisional views expressed in the 16 April Statement.NDS will lodge a submission in response to the FWC’s latest statement and will appear at the November hearings.

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