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Vietnamese SMEs offered new IR laws help

The Fair Work for Small Business website has launched a Vietnamese language component to assist small business owners and managers to understand the new industrial relations laws in their mother tongue.

The website already offers language-specific help in Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian and Greek.

The Vietnamese language component was launched at Asean Travel and Tours travel agency in Cabramatta, NSW. The event attracted some key stakeholders including local State MP Nick Lalich, Vietnamese Community in Australia vice president Hien Le, Lan Phuong Tran from the Vietnamese Women’s Association in NSW, and Dai Le from the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW.

Jaye Radisich, chief executive officer of the Council of Small Business of Australia, said that all small businesses need to be supported with comprehensive information and education to help them comply with complex laws, including industrial relations. “Nearly 30% of small business owners come from a non-English speaking background, so it is essential that information about the new Fair Work Act is available and accessible to them.”

“Many small business owners are Vietnamese, and this migrant community is responsible for creating many jobs and a great deal of wealth in Australia. Translating important information about the Fair Work Act helps migrant business owners to comply with Australian laws.”

Workforce Guardian Managing Director, Adrienne Unkovich said the Fair Work for Small Business website and project has had overwhelming small and medium business support with over 35,000 unique visitors and 207,308 page views in the short four months since the site was launched.

Visit www.fairworkforsmallbusiness.com.au for more information.

Erin Delaney

Erin Delaney

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