Mildura Weekly : Friday June 12 2015 Vol 9 No 31
12 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015 • From Page 10 The VMAT team has access to a fleet of snazzy-looking, and highly equipped Jeep Grand Cherokees to provide a rapid response to emergency situations; a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter ambulance, and one of just two four-wheel drive ambulances in Sunraysia based on a Toyota LandCruis- er TroopCarrier. The latter two, stretcher ca- pable vehicles have been cus- tom built and are equipped with state-of-the-art patient monitoring and resuscita- tion equipment, their interior working stations design based on the country’s best emer- gency response vehicles. “The Sprinter has been designed to maximise work- ing room, whilst at the same time maintaining optimal pa- tient comfort,” Brady said. “The four-wheel drive am- bulance is designed to be a ‘go anywhere’ ambulance. It is not as comfortable as the Sprinter, or as roomy, but it is capable of tackling the tough- est of terrain. “It has already proven itself to be a very capable ve- hicle.” The enthusiasm Brady and Travis have for their new ven- ture is palpable, and their ob- vious concern for the health of Sunraysia residents reassur- ing. Our health in their hands... Ombudsman targets foreign students and apprenticeships BUSINESSES that employ apprentices and train- ees will come under scrutiny as part of a new na- tional campaign by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Up to 700 businesses in capital cities and se- lected regional areas have been earmarked for au- diting over the next three months. And the Ombudsman’s office will also use so- cial media to alert up to 100,000 foreign students, about a third of all those studying here, about their workplace rights. As a first step, Fair Work inspec- tors will focus on employers of first- year apprentices in the automotive, electrical services, manufacturing, butchery and bakery trades. While most requests for assis- tance from apprentices and trainees come from the construction and hospitality industries, these have been excluded given they have al- ready been targeted by separate cam- paigns. Deputy Fair Work Ombudsman (Operations) Michael Campbell, PICTURED, says there are almost 400,000 apprentices and trainees working across Australia. In the 10 months to the end of May last year, 1400 apprentices and train- ees – more than half aged under 24 – sought help from the Fair Work Ombudsman. Mr Campbell says the agency has noted that almost half of apprenticeship contracts in trades are never completed, with a third of apprentices leaving their employer because of “poor working conditions, low wages or because they were un- happy with on-the-job training. “Given that we receive a consistent stream of requests for assistance from apprentices and the high drop-out rates, we believe an education and compliance campaign for employers of appren- tices and trainees is warranted,” he said. Fair Work inspectors will check that employers understand their obligations with respect to re- cord-keeping and payslips, and monitor payment of minimum hourly rates, penalty rates, overtime, allowances and loadings. Employers will also be educated about appro- priate payments for off-the-job training for ap- prentices, competency-based progression and re- imbursement of applicable course fees. The social media campaign for international students, meanwhile, will go out via Facebook and Twit- ter Australia-wide in six languages, Chinese, Indian (Hindi), Korean, Vietnamese, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Thai, giving tips and advice to students taking part-time jobs while studying in Australia. There are almost 340,000 in- ternational students studying in Australia, including 76,000 from China and 40,000 from India. The Ombudsman says that 150 interna- tional students contacted the agen- cy for help in past nine months. The agency says international students can be vulnerable, and it was important to raise aware- ness about minimum lawful entitlements. The Fair Work Ombudsman is already active in industries known to employ significant num- bers of international students, including hospi- tality, cleaning, convenience stores and trolley collecting. The agency has information, in 27 languages, to assist international students understand their rights atwww.fairwork.gov.au/internationalstu- dents and a free interpreter service is available by calling 13 14 50. TOM Carter has been involved in the philatelic game for decades, including many years in Mil- dura, and he says this year’s traditional Mildura Stamp Fair envelope cover, PICTURED, could be the best yet. The limited edi- tion cover (only 160 are available), fea- tures joint Australia and New Zealand stamps, stamp fair imprints, and a pho- to of the statue of Sgt Samuel George Pearse, who is hon- oured at this year’s fair. The annual stamp fair, to be held at Mildu- ra’s Sacred Heart Hall next Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21 from 10am to 4pm, has attracted wide interest, especially with the collectible en- velope commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Mr Carter, vice-president of Mildura Phila- telic Society, said it was fitting for the society to honour Pearse in this way, especially as there are Pearse descendants still living in the area. The commemorative envelope contains the story of Pearse, from his birth in Wales, to the family’s migration to Australia, settlement in Mildura, his enlistment in World War One, and subsequent heroics on the battlefield that earned him a Military Medal, and coveted Victoria Cross. Pearse was killed in action on August 29, 1919. Stamp Fair cover prized www.brendanstours.com.au Toll Free 1800 981 187 / ARARAT • Tour costs include: Luxury Coach Travel, Motel Accommodation twin share, Admissions, Meals and Air Fares as per itineraries. • For bookings or to request a full itinerary that details the many tour highlights, please contact Brendan’s Australian Tours, Ararat. 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