The application for a new award to provide a legal mechanism and an obligation for an employer to reimburse the cost of the Working with Children Check to the employee is headed towards hearings in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
Since the announcement of the introduction of the Working with Children Check, Federation has held the view that the employer should bear the cost of $80 over five years.
The NSW Department of Education and Communities, along with all other governmental employing agencies, has rejected this view, so Federation joined with Unions NSW and a range of other unions to lodge the new award application.
The application has been the subject of two appearances in the Commission. The first was an administrative process to canvass the bounds of the case and the second was a lengthy conciliation between the parties with the President of the Industrial Relations Commission facilitating the meeting.
The unions and the State Government have committed to an exchange of information relating to their proposed arguments. Once this has been carried out the parties will seek to commence hearings in the Commission to pursue their respective claims. It is envisaged that this will be listed back in the Commission in the coming weeks.