Employers in the building and construction industry making contributions to a Portable Long Service Fund are celebrating with more than $1.1 million to flow back into the industry following the announcement provider TasBuild is reducing the contribution required by employers by ten per cent.

This is the first time the rate has changed since 2009.

TasBuild is responsible for providing long service benefits to workers in the construction industry and ensuring that both employee entitlements are protected and a level playing field for employers in Tasmania is maintained.

Employers make payments into the fund which go towards the industry’s employee’s long service entitlements. When employees move from one employer to the next, their entitlements go with them.

Chief Financial Officer of Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd Adrian Bott said the decision would have a positive impact on their business which currently employed 230 Tasmanians, the majority of whom have contributions made into TasBuild’s Portable Long Service Fund by Vos.

“This decision will see up to $20,000 of funds becoming available each year to be invested back into our business which we can spend on training and capital equipment,” he said.

“It is great for our workforce and the local economy.

“The Portable Long Service Fund managed by TasBuild is positive for employers because it provides an incentive for good people to remain in the industry and when employees take leave there is no impact on our cash flow.”

Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd has a strong and loyal workforce with many employees qualifying for long service leave while working with the company.

TasBuild CEO Chris Atkins said the TasBuild board took the decision to reduce the required contribution employers make after careful management and long-term growth of the fund.

“The reduction in employer contributions comes off the back of careful investments and management of funds that has seen the fund grow from $45.6 million in 2009 to $116.5 million to June 2017, with liabilities growing from $49.0 million to $95.1 million in the same period,” he said.

“Our performance has been improving year-on-year for some time and we are delighted that we are able to lower the costs of doing business for the industry.

“We see a reduction in costs for employers as a positive for them and the industry.

“A more profitable sector will provide more employment and training opportunities for Tasmanian construction workers.”

TasBuild pays out in excess of $6.5 million in entitlements to workers in the construction industry annually.

All members of the construction industry including employers and relevant workers are required to be registered with TasBuild.

The changes come into effect from 1 October 2017.