VANA Industry Awards Night Nominations are now opened

VANA is preparing for our prestigious Industry Awards Night 2012 and your involvement is encouraged by submitting your self nomination – the details are below.

The VANA Industry Awards Night is the premier event on the newsagency industry calendar and will be held on Saturday 12th May 2012 at Plaza Ballroom on Collins.

The event draws together the industry’s leading players, including newsagents, publishers and suppliers.

It features the announcement of finalists and overall recipients from Retail and Distribution categories.

So please mark this important date in your calendar and participate in the submission process.

It is important that you support this initiative.

 Newsagent of the Year—Retail and Distribution

The Victorian Newsagent of the Year Award comprises two categories: Retail and Distribution, and award recipients are selected via a combination of sponsor and self nominations.

You are invited to Self Nominate for the Newsagent Of The Year categories by completing the self nomination documentation.

Retail Category (link to self nomination form)

Distribution Category (link to self nomination form)

All submissions should be returned to VANA by February 21st 2012, at the latest by email to general@vana.com.au; fax: 03 8540 7077 or mail to VANA Ltd—Suite 4/202 Ferntree Gully Road—Clayton VIC 3168.

A meeting of all sponsors is then held to review and discuss nominees, and the group confirms the six finalists in each category.

The finalists are announced on the day of the first sponsors’ meeting scheduled on February 24th, 2012.

The winners of the Retail and Distribution categories of the Newsagent of the Year Awards are confirmed at the second sponsors’ meeting scheduled on April 13th, 2012 and announced on VANA Industry Awards Night.

The 2012 award recipients will go on to represent Victoria at the 2012 National Newsagent of the Year Awards.

 Employee of the Year

The Victorian Employee of the Year is selected through a combination of sponsors and employer nominations.

You are invited to nominate one or more of your valuable employees by completing the nomination documentation.

Employee Of The Year (link to self nomination form)

All submissions must be returned to VANA by March 9th, 2012, at the latest by email to general@vana.com.au; fax: 03 8540 7077 or mail to VANA Ltd— Suite 4/202 Ferntree Gully Road—Clayton VIC 3168.

The Employee of the Year Sponsor has the task to select the winner from 3 finalists. The finalists will be announced on April 13th, 2012 and the winner will be then announced on VANA Industry Awards Night.

The 2012 Employee of the Year will go on to represent Victoria at the 2012 National Newsagents of the Year Awards.

New Technologies

You are invited to nominate yourselves for this newly created award, sponsored by Jenlist Distributors.

New Technologies (link to self nomination form)

All submissions must be returned to VANA by April 13th, 2012, at the latest by email to general@vana.com.au; fax: 03 8540 7077 or mail to VANA Ltd— Suite 4/202 Ferntree Gully Road—Clayton VIC 3168.

 

The New Technologies sponsor has the task to select the winner from 3 finalists.  The finalists will be announced on 20th April, 2012 and the winner will be then announced on VANA Industry Awards Night.

The 2012 New Technologies winner of the Year will go on to represent Victoria at the 2012 National Newsagents of the Year Awards.

 KEY DATES TO REMEMBER

NOTY Retail / Distribution —Written  submission to VANA Office Tues 21st Feb 2012
NOTY Retail / Distribution – Finalists announcement Fri 24th Feb 2012
EOTYWritten  submission to VANA Office Fri 9th Mar 2012
EOTY – Finalists announcementNew Technologies – Written  submission to VANA Office Fri 13th Apr 2012
New Technologies -Finalists announcement  Fri 20th Apr 2012
Industry Awards Night 2012 Sat 12th May 2012

 

Work Health and Safety changes 2012

The following is a summary of the key changes due to commence on 1 January 2012 in most States of Australia. In Victoria, these laws commence on the 1st September 2012.

VANA encourages all Newsagents to ACT NOW, and be proactive in creating a safe workplace.

VANA, through its relationship with the ANF is able to offer a program for Newsagents to help them manage these new laws. Click here for all the details.

A summary of the new WHS laws changes are listed below.

Move Away From Employer Definition:

From 1 January 2012, the primary duty of care for workplace safety will sit, not with the employer but rather, with the “Person Conducting the Business or Undertaking” (PCBU). A PCBU may be a corporation, partnership, unincorporated association, a self-employed person, or a sole trader.

Expansion of Duty of Care:

The PCBU concept is much broader than the employer definition it replaces. In simple terms, the introduction of the PCBU definition is designed to break down barriers of responsibility so that there can be more than one party primarily responsible for the health and safety of workers.

Expanded Definition of Worker:

The definition of “worker” has also been expanded to include contractors, subcontractors (or their employees), employees of a labour hire company, volunteers and work experience students, to name but a few. This expanded definition is designed to better reflect the nature of the modern workplace and the types of relationships that now exist within it.

 Expanded Obligation to Consult:

The obligation to consult has been significantly expanded to include a requirement for each PCBU to consult downstream, upstream and cross-stream, depending on the nature of the workplace and the other PCBUs it interacts with.

Additional Powers for Representatives:

The role of the Health and Safety Representative (HSR) has been expanded to include the power to stop work or demand remedial action. From 1 January 2012, it will only take one worker to request the appointment of an HSR and an employer must do so.

Officers Required to Exercise Due Diligence:

Officers (adopting the broad Corporations Act definition of an “Officer”), are required to exercise ongoing ‘due diligence’ to ensure that a PCBU meets its WHS obligations. The definition of due diligence requires each and every officer to take positive steps to inform themselves of their organisation’s workplace safety obligations and to ensure that they have adequate systems and procedures in place to comply with these obligations

 New Model Codes of Practice:

In conjunction with the introduction of the Model Law, new Model Codes of Practice have been developed. These provide guidance as to how to comply with certain aspects of the new legislation. Courts can reference the Codes to identify what is “reasonably practicable”.

Increased Penalties:

  •  Maximum penalties have increased significantly. –
  •  Up to $3 million per breach for a corporation.
  •  Up to $600,000 per breach, or 5 years’ imprisonment, or both, for a director or officer,
  • Up to $300,000 or 5 years’ imprisonment for a worker.

Change in Criminal Jurisdiction:

Whilst in the past directors often referred to the possibility of “going to jail” for workplace safety breaches, the reality was that in the Industrial Court system, offenders were rarely sentenced to a prison term. This may be about to change, with some States now passing jurisdiction for serious offences arising from WHS breaches to the criminal courts. Here, judges are used to imposing prison sentences on a daily basis.

Click here for the WHS System Explained

For more details visit www.vana.com.au or contact the VANA team on 03 -8540 7000