WASIA - Industry representation

WASIA represents the interests of Contractors and the Wool Harvesting Industry on the following Committees and Organisations:

  • Agricultural Industry Safety Advisory Committee (AISAC) and various Safety Sub Committees - WorkSafe WA
  • Working Committee - Safety and Health in Shearing Guidelines
  • Wool Council - WA Farmers Federation
  • Agriculture Committee - WA Rural Production Industry Advisory group to the "Food Fibre & Timber Industries Training Council (WA) Inc"
  • WA Industrial Commission - Award variations and rate negotiations
  • Fair Work Australia (FWA - Award variations and rate negotiations

By providing critical industry reprentation and consultation on critical industry issues, WASIA is better able to provide effective and timely information to members and the industry and WASIA is able to more effectively gain industry feedback and influence the decision making processes appropriately, relative to industry and member businesses.

Our goal is to achieve benefits for members and the industry through effective lobbying and appropriate public relations and media exposure and topromote the positive developments in the industry to combat negative publicity from a variety of community pressure groups.

Issues Addressed by WASIA on Behalf of the Industry

Awards and Employment Conditions

  • Representation in the Development and Modification of Industrial Awards - State & Federal:
  • WA Shearing Contractors Award 2003
  • Pastoral Award 2010
  • Union Liaison and Negotiations
  • Distribution of Wage Schedules to Members
  • Liaison and Representation to relevant Industry Groups, including WA Farmers Federation & Wool Council, Pastoralists & Graziers Association, AWI, AWEX

Industrial Relations Issues

  • Occupational Safety & Health (OS&H)
  • Free Industrial Relations Information & Guidance
  • Union Liaison and Negotiations
  • Employment Disputes and Legal Cases
  • Codes of Conduct/Codes of Practice/Guidelines
  • Drugs & Alcohol Policy Development
  • Liaison and Representation to Departments of Consumer Affairs, WorkSafe Commission, Wool Council, Farmsafe Alliance

Business Support

  • Referral to Free initial Legal Advice & Discounted Legal Services for the more complex Legal Issues
  • Free Business Products, including Operations Manuals, Cost of Shearing Guide, Tally Books
  • Industrial Relations Representation
  • Taxation - groups tax, GST, PAYG, State Payroll Tax
  • Development and Implementation of Risk Management Program
  • Development and Management of Members Benefit Schemes - Insurance and Risk Management, Financial Management, Superannuation, Discount Buying

Industry Training and Development

  • Liaison and Representation to Government and Industry groups relative to:
  • Member Food, Fibre & Timber Industries Training Council (WA) Inc and its Rural Production Advisory Group
  • Negotiations and facilitation of Shearer/ Shedhand Traineeships
  • Support and planning for TAFE training and development of Multi-Skilling Industry training
  • Agricultural College Scholarships sponsored by Prime Super

Ministerial Liaison

  • Minister for Agriculture
  • Minister for Education and Training
  • Minister for Small Business
  • Minister for Consumer and Employment Protection
  • Minister for Local Government and Regional Development

Association Communication and Profile

  • Research and Production of regular WASIA Newsletters/Circulars
  • Development and delivery of Regional Industry Information Forums and Workshops
  • Website Development, Extension and management, including Employment Register, information articles, Member Benefit Scheme access and member secure access area for confidential information,
  • Annual General and Half-Yearly Meetings
  • Member Surveys

Finance and Management

  • Association Management and Corporate Governance:
  • Planning & Budgeting;
  • Management Monitoring and Reporting;
  • Accounts Management
  • Administration of Members Benefit Schemes - Insurance, Risk Management, Finance and other dicount programs
  • Administration of Neville Munns Sponsorships
  • Project Grant applications and administration
  • Scholarships Administration (for Prime Super)
  • Development and implementation of WASIA Membership Campaign

Updated 9/7/16