Q&A with Kristie Burt

Posted 12 July 2019

Q&A with Kristie Burt

Please be aware that due to an increase in call and email enquiries coming through, I might not always be immediately available. 

If your enquiry is urgent, please let me (or our lovely receptionist) know and I will do my best to respond to you as soon as I can. 

If the query is not urgent, I will endeavour to respond within 24-48 hours.


Q: What is the Fair Work Information Statement and who should I be providing it to?

A: The Fair Work Information Statement is a document setting out information about an employee’s conditions of employment which is to be provided to all new employees before (or as soon as possible after) they commence working for you. 

As an employer you must provide a copy of this document to all new employees.  This can be provided by one of the following methods:

  • In person;
  • By mail;
  • By email;
  • By fax.

It is my recommendation that this Statement is attached to (or a link to the document) is included in your letter of engagement or contract of employment.


Q: I am dealing with a sensitive domestic violence leave application from one of my employees.  Where can I find out more about the new family and domestic violence leave entitlements?

A: The Fair Work Ombudsman has released a new resource, the Employer Guide to Family and Domestic Violence, for employers which sets out the simple guidelines to be considered when dealing with an employee experiencing family or domestic violence.  The document also provides resources for employers to assist with managing such sensitive situations, such as a checklist for managing a situation as well as providing contact details for support and referral services for those affected by family and/or domestic violence. 

If you are aware of a family and/or domestic violence issue or know a person affected, the following resources are available:

  • Where a person, child or other person is in immediate danger, call 000.

  • 1800RESPECT is the National sexual assault, family and domestic violence support service
    Ph: 1800 737 732 (24 hours, 7 days/week).

  • ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service provides a range of services including advice and information, safety planning, support programs and advocacy and crisis intervention to anyone living in the ACT region.
    Ph: 02 6280 0900 (24 hours, 7 days/week).


Q: When is a meal allowance payable for overtime?


A: The Building and Construction General On-Site Award provides that where an employee works at least 1.5 hours of overtime in addition to their ordinary hours on a given day, they will be entitled to receive $15.38 to meet the cost of a meal.  For an operator employee, they will receive this amount for each meal after the completion of each four (4) hours from the commencement of overtime


If you have any queries or would like to ask a question, please contact me on 6175 5919 or email kburt@mba.org.au

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