Impact of Job Keeper

June 3, 2020Industry News, SEMMA Updates No Comments

  The SEMMA team wishes to thank our members who have taken the time to respond to our recent surveys.  It is only through your participation in our surveys and industry round-table discussions that we are able to accurately convey to our governments at both State and Federal level how the pandemic is impacting manufacturers… Read More →

The Onshore Manufacturing Equation: Price ≠ Total Cost

April 29, 2020Industry News, SEMMA Updates No Comments

Written by SEMMA CEO Vonda Fenwick vonda@semma.com.au   The COVID 19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief the risks associated with supply chains which extend beyond Australia’s borders. Those risks have now been recognized and  the need to on-shore manufacturing  for safety-critical items  – medical equipment and personal protective equipment – to make Australia self-sufficient… Read More →

SEMMA Industry Update #3

March 30, 2020General News, Industry News, SEMMA Updates No Comments

Dear SEMMA Members and network,   We have received member requests for clarification regarding restrictions to workplaces as a consequence of COVID-19. To confirm, there are no specific restrictions upon manufacturing at the time of this communication. Workplaces are, however, asked to adhere to social distancing measures where possible. Employees have also been asked to work from… Read More →

SEMMA Industry Update #2

March 25, 2020General News, Industry News, SEMMA Updates No Comments

Dear SEMMA Members and network,   Businesses worldwide are facing unprecedented times as they are forced to rapidly adapt to the new challenges presented by the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this communication, the Federal Government has announced that any workers with the ability to work from home should now do so. To read… Read More →

SEMMA Industry Update #1

March 23, 2020General News, Industry News, SEMMA Updates No Comments

Dear SEMMA Members and network,   As you are undoubtedly aware, the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly evolve.   At the time of this communication, manufacturing workplaces can remain open and operational provided the mandated social distancing is maintained. Please monitor your email inboxes and refer to the SEMMA LinkedIn Page for ongoing updates… Read More →

New Trade Mark Risks When Manufacturing in China

February 13, 2020Industry News No Comments

While the south east is Melbourne’s manufacturing hub, many Australian manufacturing businesses nevertheless utilise Chinese manufacturers for some products or components.  A recent decision of the Supreme Court of the People’s Republic of China is likely to significantly affect those arrangements in the future. China is a country with an unusual trade mark law.  Most… Read More →

New Industrial Manslaughter Laws Introduced in Victoria

February 13, 2020Industry News No Comments

Victoria’s industrial manslaughter laws will come into effect no later than 1 July 2020 (unless the government proclaims that it will come into effect earlier). The implications of the amendments are that significant penalties, including imprisonment, will apply to corporations or persons who engage in negligent conduct that breaches OHS obligations causing the death of… Read More →

Workers Compensation Premium Reviews

November 14, 2019Industry News No Comments

Workers compensation is a complex and often costly part of running a business. Ever changing legislation in this area can make it difficult for employers to manage, and subject them to harsh penalties for non-compliance.  What affects my workers compensation premium?   Workers compensation premiums, and how they are calculated, are complex. Many businesses don’t… Read More →