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April 17, 2017
Swearing in the workplace: A sackable offence?

  While it may be argued that swearing has become more acceptable in general use,  swearing in the workplace may not be. It is important to note that swearing at work may constitute bullying, harassment or discrimination depending on the circumstances. What do employers need to consider when deciding if they should or are able to […]

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April 10, 2017
Social Media - Unfair Dismissal

A decision by the Fair Work Commission has outlined the issues relating to employees making public comments on Facebook outside of work hours however it has also highlighted the necessity for employer to ensure that matters such as this are properly investigating before jumping to a conclusion. Mr Nirmal Singh was a casual baggage handler employed by Aerocare […]

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April 7, 2017
Introduction of new Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017

The new Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2017 was passed by both Houses of Parliament on 30 March 2017. The bill introduced a new New South Wales compulsory third-party (CTP) insurance scheme for people who are injured or lose their life as a result of a motor accident. A notable amendment to the bill introduced to […]

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April 3, 2017
The importance of considering “other matters” when terminating employees

A Qantas flight attendant who was sacked for stealing alcohol from a flight and lying about it was awarded $33,731 in compensation by the Fair Work Commission after it found that the decision to terminate his employment was harsh. Refer: Dawson v Qantas Airways Limited (2016) FWC 8249 Deputy Commissioner Lawrence concluded that the Applicant […]

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March 29, 2017
UNLAWFUL ADVERSE ACTION: The case of Rosa v Daily Planet Australia Pty Ltd

The director of a Melbourne brothel has been ordered to pay a former receptionist compensation and penalties totalling $175,000 after subjecting a former receptionist to unlawful adverse action and failing to pay award entitlements. In the case of Rosa v Daily Planet Australia Pty Ltd, the Federal Circuit Court accepted that the brothel’s sole director was […]

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March 3, 2017
Centium sponsors IIA event

Centium sponsored an IIA Members’ meeting held on 23 February, with the topic of the session being: “Inclusive Leadership – Enhancing the Career Progression of Women”. In this engaging presentation, Dr Margaret Byrne  drew on findings from her filmed research. She took cameras into 30 organisations and recorded exactly how men and women communicate at work. […]

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February 28, 2017
Welcome to 2017

Centium’s Directors Phil, Johan and Stephen would like to take the opportunity to wish you a happy and successful 2017. We are pleased to share with you an update on Centium’s inaugural year under our new brand and management. As you are aware, Centium commenced as a private sector firm in December 2015 and attained […]

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January 17, 2017
Centium accredited to conduct investigations for the NSW Local Aboriginal Lands Councils

The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) is committed to ensuring a better future for Aboriginal people by working for the return of culturally significant and economically viable land, pursuing cultural, social and economic independence for its people and being politically proactive and voicing the position of Aboriginal people on issues that affect them. Centium […]

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December 13, 2016
New VIC Public Sector Corruption Reporting Requirements

New laws compel VIC public sector agency heads to report suspected corruption to the VIC Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). The mandatory notification requirements are cover VIC Department and Agency heads, Chief Executives of VIC Local Councils, and other principal officers. Victoria Police are already required to notify IBAC of complaints of corrupt conduct or police […]

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December 8, 2016
Whistling While They Work 2 Survey Results

Preliminary results from the  Whistling While They Work 2 survey have been released.  The study collected self assessed information about whistleblowing processes and procedures across 702 public sector, business and not-for-profit organisations from Australia and New Zealand between April and July 2016. It is the largest cross-section of organisations to participate in a single whistleblowing related survey to […]

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November 7, 2016
Commonwealth Government Adopts and Acts on Centium Report

The Commonwealth Government Minister for Territories, Fiona Nash, has acted on a recent report delivered by Centium to provide greater protection to online gamblers and the Australian thoroughbred racing industry. The Norfolk Island Gaming Authority exposed Australia's thoroughbred industry to global criticism last year when it granted a national licence to BetHQ – closely linked […]

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October 25, 2016
TPP16-04: Financial Distribution Policy for Government Businesses

The Treasury has released TPP16-04: Financial Distribution Policy for Government Businesses. The policy outlines the Government's expectations for the payment of dividends by Government Businesses.  The policy also covers capital repayments, which represent a return of the Government's equity investment. TPP16-04 supersedes the previously issued TPP14-4 and TC14-9.  This revised policy applies to Government businesses […]

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