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 →

Certification vs Legal Compliance

November 8, 2019Industry News No Comments

Achieving certification to the Australian or international standards for occupational health and safety or environmental management systems does not mean that a business is automatically compliant with its legal duties under OHS or environmental law.   Over the years, we have provided advice to businesses of all sizes. When we ask business owners or directors… Read More →

Future Planning Opportunity

November 8, 2019Industry News No Comments

Owners who ponders over selling their business does not always do so out of financial desperation or trouble, often because they are looking for the next opportunity or are future planning. Current climate conditions are producing a “sellers market”, read on for the contributing factors:   Investors are facing extremely low or negative interest rates and… Read More →

Media Release: Victorian manufacturing continues to grow

April 12, 2018Industry News No Comments

Victorian manufacturing continues to grow – supporting jobs, exports and economic growth across the state. The Australian Industry Group’s monthly Performance of Manufacturing Index, released today, shows that Victoria’s manufacturing index has grown for a 14th consecutive month – the longest run of expansion since 2003. This growth builds on the latest Australian Bureau of… Read More →