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Mandatory Covid Vaccinations

8th December 2021

Mandatory COVID vaccinations - how this could affect you 

Mandatory COVID vaccinations are being implemented in a phased approach, with some painting and decorating businesses likely to require employees to be fully vaccinated by 31 January 2022.

The detail that many have been waiting for is the definition of what constitutes a building and construction worker and when do the restrictions apply to painters and decorators.

As an occupation deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of business and function of the community, people involved in ‘building, maintenance and construction’ are required to have their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination by 31 December 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 31 January 2022.

The Western Australian Government has issued its latest directive which requires employees/workers in the building and construction industry who work on building or constructions sites to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The directions are available at Building and Construction Industry Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions (No.2) (

Please be aware that ‘residential work’ does not fall within the mandate for mandatory vaccinations. 


Stapling poses the greatest change for employers as it is a new law that will link a person to one super fund and the stapled fund will follow the person when they change jobs.

This is due to come into effect from 1 November 2021.

In response to this, Cbus has created a dedicated web page containing important information and updates for employers.


Stapling updates for employers

29th September 2021

As you may be aware, on 17 June 2021, the Government passed the Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) legislation which introduced three major reforms:

  • Stapling
  • Performance test
  • Best Financial Interests Duty




Stapling poses the greatest change for employers as it is a new law that will link a person to one super fund and the stapled fund will follow the person when they change jobs.

This is due to come into effect from 1 November 2021.

In response to this, Cbus has created a dedicated web page containing important information and updates for employers.



1st September 2021

Tradies face a range of challenges across their working lives – from job uncertainty to financial pressures, intense physical demands and workplace culture issues. In an industry where stigma is high, these pressures can build up and impact mental and emotional wellbeing for tradies if they don't feel they can talk to others about their struggles.

The R U OK? Tradies resources provide practical tools and tips for family, friends and workmates to spot the signs that someone on their work site may be struggling, to empower them to spark a meaningful R U OK? conversation and to help them find support if needed.

When we genuinely ask ‘Are you OK?’ and are prepared to talk to a mate about how they’re feeling we can help someone who might be struggling to feel connected and supported, long before they’re in crisis.

Read RUOK_TradieTips_Online_here

CBus hits $60 billion FUM milestone

17 March 2021

Cbus, one of Australia’s largest industry super fund for the building, construction and allied industries, has reached a new milestone in January 2021 with total Funds Under Management (FUM) surpassing $60 billion.

Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in the past year, Cbus’ ability to organically grow our FUM is a result of our commitment to our investment approach which has included investing opportunistically in the post-COVID economic recovery.

It also reflects the success of our investments strategy as we continue to deliver value for Cbus members by internalising our investments program to deliver strong returns while reducing investment costs.


Haymes - Helping hand project

23 February 2021

2020 has been a really tough year, but sometimes the tough times also bring out the best in us. So here at Haymes, we decided we wanted to thank all of the communities who have supported our people and our shops, by donating paint to a deserving local business in our community. Up to three finalists will be chosen by your local Haymes Paint Shop from community nominations and the winner will be decided by locals casting their vote.

Follow the links for more information:

HPS Helping Hand Trade Brochure 

HPS Helping Hand Application Brochure

Security of Payment– Secure by name but not by nature

22 october 2020

Given the Minister for Commerce, John Quigley, has described the construction industry as ‘a vital part of our economy, providing the jobs, housing and critical infrastructure to meet the needs of all Western Australians….’ it’s disappointing to see the State Government treating our industry with contempt in the amendments to the new Security of Payment Bill 2020.

Originally an election promise to ‘even the playing field’ between builders, primary contractors and subcontractors, the Project Bank trials were limited only to contractors working on government contracts.

This time, the new retention trust account system excludes subcontractors working on residential projects.
Security of Payment - by name only V3

ReddiFund gives much needed boost to suicide prevention

4 September 2020

Prominent construction industry redundancy fund, ReddiFund have once again demonstrated their value and their commitment to the construction workers in Western Australia by handing over a cheque for $200,000 to MATES in Construction WA.


WA Government in ‘appalling’ broken promise to protect the payments of subcontractors

11 June 2020

The WA Government is backtracking on its promise to make contractors put aside subcontractor payments to protect them if there are any financial difficulties with the project. This is against what they promised to do and will therefore continue to leave tradies exposed to potential losses from non-payments.


CTF Support Package for Construction Workforce

23 April 2020

Premier Mark McGowan and Training Minister Sue Ellery along with Reg Howard- Smith, Chair of the Building and Construction Industry Training Board announce a $24.5 million support package for the construction workforce.
A fantastic initiative to help keep apprentices and trainees in jobs and support our local construction industry.
Details of the package and claim process are available here:

Construction Package

CTF COVID-19 Package Details

COVID-19 Documents and Links

Last Updated: 22 April 2020

This information regarding COVID-19 will be updated regularly as information comes to light. It will provide documents and links for you to stay up to date to run your business.

Access useful documents and links HERE


Building & Industry Commission

March 30 2020

In March, the MP&DA has had the opportunity to add our voice to an action calling on the Prime Minister to support security of payment for SME subcontractors (Small and Medium Enterprises).  This issue has been dragging on for too long and it looks like the COVID-19 epidemic is only going to make things worse.

Large builders are asking the government (and private clients) to not impose liquidated damages because the Coronavirus is impacting their building schedules, however the same leeway is not being afforded to their subcontractors. It’s not fair, it’s not right and we want something done about it.  See the letter to the PM here.

Letter to Prime Minister, March 30 2020



Feature story in WAToday

The vexed issue of white set plaster is in the news with a feature story in WAToday. See the full story here.

MP&DA CEO, Amanda Dawes, calling for action