LAVERTON TRANSITION

WELCOME TO BLUEFIT

Laverton Swim & Fitness Centre – Employee Information

Following a comprehensive public tender process, the Hobsons Bay City Council has appointed BlueFit as the new operators of the Laverton Swim & Fitness Centre commencing in January 2024.

BlueFit is a national leisure management partner operating leisure and aquatic facilities and swim schools in close collaboration with local government and private enterprise. We currently operate more then 60 facilities across Australia and pride ourselves on promoting a family future without facilities.

Gary Rodder and BlueFit is committed to keeping all employees informed during the transition process and providing you with relevant information to support the change in management process. It remains very much a ‘business as usual’ approach during the transition period and leading upto the change in management.

On behalf of Gary and BlueFit, we would like to aknowledge and thank every single team member for your ongoing support and contribution to the local community and learn to swim families. We are excited about the future of the Laverton Swim & Fitness Centre and look forward to building upon the foundations created over many years.

About BlueFit 

BlueFit forms part of the BlueFit Group, a national leisure management group, which operates approximately 60 facilities across Australia.

Founded in 2007 by owner and Chief Executive Officer Todd McHardy, BlueFit has worked in partnership with Local Government, Private Enterprise and various partners delivering sport, recreation and aquatic programs and services nationwide.

BlueFit now operates a range of swim schools and leisure facilities right across Australia providing valuable swimming lessons for more than 35,000 students every week. Learn more about BlueFit in the video below:

Your Employment

Whilst this is an exciting time for BlueFit, we appreciate that some team members may be nervous when it comes to change and understand it comes with some uncertainty for current employees. We are very conscious of this and are committed to working with Gary and the local team to ensure a smooth change in management.

BlueFit seeks to convert the majority of employees from the incumbent operator as part of each transition. In fact, more than 95% of employees have been successful in employment as part of our recent transitions.

Expression of Interest

For employees wishing to be considered for a position with BlueFit, you will need to complete our expression of interest process before 8 December to be considered for a role. All future communications about the recruitment process and subsequent transition process from BlueFit will only be sent to employees who have expressed an interest in employment.

To submit your EOI, click the button below. Once you have submitted your EOI we recommend you keep an eye on your email (including junk folders) for further information and instructions from BlueFit.

Any existing employees who do not lodge an EOI will not be considered for employment and not form part of BlueFit’s recruitment process.
EOI submission is due by close of business Friday 8 December 2023.

Key Dates

The dates below will provide you with a general overview of our timelines and processes to ensure all team members are onboarded, inducted and trained before the change in management date. These dates are a guide only and are subject to change.

It is important that you understand the key due dates in the timetable below given the short period of time we have to achieve all actions required with the change in management and most importantly ensure our team members are paid on time 

3 December 2023

Team member information session 

3 December 2023 

Team member Expression of Interest (EOI) applications open

8 December 2023 

Team member Expression of Interest (EOI) applications are due by close of business 

15 December 2023 

Recruitment and selection process conducted 

18 December 2023 

Applicants advised of the outcome of recruitment and selection process 

18 December 2023 

Team members to receive employment contract and onboarding documentation via SALT self service 

29 December 2023 

Team members required to complete onboarding and upload all qualifications via SALT self service 

29 December 2023 

Team members to complete online training modules 

TBC

Team members attend face to face training

1 January 2024 

BlueFit to commence operational responsibility for Laverton

Frequently Asked Questions for staff

We understand that during this time of change there will be a number of questions raised by employees. We hope that viewing our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ below will answer any of the questions or concerns you may have.

Who is BlueFit

BlueFit Swimming is part of the BlueFit Group (www.bluefit.com.au)

Founded in 2007 by owner and Chief Executive Officer Todd Mchardy, BlueFit has worked in partnership with Local Government, Private Enterprise and various partners delivering sport, recreation and aquatic programs and services nationwide.

Operating more than 40 facilities nationwide, BlueFit is committed to Inspiring Community Activity in the communities we serve. In fact, this underpins everything we do in our facilities and swim schools. Learn more about BlueFit in the video below:

Why is BlueFit taking over the management of the Laverton Swim & Fitness Centre?

Following a comprehensive public tender process, the Hobsons Bay City Council has appointed BlueFit as the new operators of the Laverton Swim & Fitness Centre commencing in January 2024. 

BlueFit will commence operations of the swim school program and fitness facilities from January 2024. 

What does the change in management at my workplace mean for me?

In January 2024, BlueFit will commence management and operation of the swimming pool at your place of work. 

Until 1 January 2024, it remains a business as normal approach for existing team members with all current staff continuing with their current employment until this date. Once BlueFit commences management of the swim school, small changes will be made to any branding. However, we anticipate that there will be minimal changes to programs and services operated from the Centres. 

BlueFit will commence operation of the swim school and fitness facilities from 1 January 2024. 




What will happen to my job?

BlueFit will consider offers of employment to current employees as part of a recruitment process. 

For employees wishing to be considered for future employment at the Laverton Swim & Fitness Centre, you will be required to submit an Expression of Interest application. BlueFit is unable to commit to employment outside of its recruitment process however, we do anticipate that most staff will be re-employed into the same or equivalent role with BlueFit. 

We encourage all team members to complete an Expression of Interest application for a role at BlueFit. The EOI is due by 8 December 2023. 

What does the recruitment and selection process involve?

BlueFits recruitment and selection process comprises five (5) succinct steps. 

Step 1 – Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Team members wishing to apply for a position at the swim school with BlueFit must complete an Expression of Interest. The EOI is due by 8 December 2023. 

Existing employees should complete their Expression of Interest to be considered for a role at BlueFit Swimming. Any team member that does not lodge an EOI will not be considered for employment.

Step 2 – Submit Job Application 

You should apply for the role that most suits your skills and experience and qualifications. Please follow all the instructions, your application will include: 

  • Your availability to work shifts
  • Previous experience 
  • Why you want to work with us 

Step 3 – Interviews 

If you have applied for a permanent role with us,  you may be required to attend an interview. Should you be required to attend, you will receive a notification via email with sessions available to book. A range of days and times will be offered to applicants. 

Step 4 – Notification to applicants 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOI application and interview via email. If you are successful, your offer of employment will be conditional on providing the necessary qualifications, clearances and pre-employment checks required. Refer to your email for further details. 

Step 5 – Onboarding in SALT self service 

Successful candidates will be required to complete an online onboarding process in SALT self service. This includes reviewing and agreeing to your employment contract online as well as completing online compliance requirements. 

What does the onboarding process involve?

Active employees will receive an invitation to commence onboarding online. This must be completed before the commencement of your initial shift. This includes electronically signing your employment agreement as well as reviewing and acknowledging key employment policies.

You need to prepare the following information for your onboarding:

  • Your bank account details
  • Your tax file number
  • Your superannuation details
  • Your emergency contact details
  • All qualifications

It is important to note that all qualifications and clearances are subject to central verification to ensure each employee holds the current qualifications and clearances for the role you perform.

Do I need to supply any documents?

Yes, to be transferred to BlueFit we must confirm your working rights in Australia, to do this you must supply one of the following: 

  1. Copy of a current Passport photo page; or
  2. Copy of your birth certificate & current photo ID
What is it like working for BlueFit?

BlueFit is a family owned and operated business that has been servicing the community for over 16 years. We treat our team members like family and value team members who demonstrate outstanding service and who are committed to achieving our mission.

People are our biggest asset at BlueFit and our team members are treated with respect. We are always looking for people who are positive team players and always willing to go that extra mile when it comes to ensuring our families have a great experience in our facilities. 

What are the non-negotiables working for BlueFit?

We require all staff to hold a current Working with Children’s Check as part of our Child Safety Framework. In addition, BlueFit team members must hold a current First Aid and CPR qualification. Swim instructors must hold a current teaching qualification and some roles may require a lifeguard qualification.

It is the responsibility of each staff member to keep the necessary qualifications and clearances active at all times.

What happens if I don’t hold the above qualifications?

Southern Education, BlueFit’s internal RTO will provide courses locally close to the change in management date. Any transferring employee that does not have an active mandatory qualification will be required to book into one of these courses.

Will my service with the previous operator count for continuity of employment purposes?

Transferring employees commence as new starters with BlueFit. For the avoidance of doubt, this means your service will commence with BlueFit as per your commencement date on your contract of employment. It also means that your employment contract with BlueFit is subject to a probationary period of six (6) months. 

Depending on your employment contract with the the previous operator, you can expect that all statutory entitlements owed to you will be paid at the termination of employment. 

Your previous employment start date will not be recognised for the purposes of Long Service Leave, Redundancy or any leave entitlementss. 

BlueFit is unable to make further comments on entitlements, we recommend you discuss these matters directly with your current employer. 

When do I get paid by BlueFit?

BlueFit has a fortnightly pay cycle. All employees receive their pay transferred electronically to a personal bank account nominated during your onboarding process. You will receive your payslip via the email you provide as part of your onboarding process in SALT self service. 

Will I keep my current rate of pay?

As you will be a new employee of BlueFit, you will be issued with a new employment contract that will reference the Fitness Industry Award 2020 as the industrial agreement that governs your terms and conditions of employment. Your pay rates will be in line with the Fitness Industry Award.

We have provided the 2023 Fitness Industry Award pay rates for your review. Manager salaries will be negotiated during the interview process based on skills and experience.

The terms and conditions of your employment agreement with your current employer will not apply if you commence employment with us.

What other sites does BlueFit operate near the Laverton Swim & Fitness Centre?

BlueFit operates the Bayfit Leisure Centre in partnership with Council. We envisage employees will be provided with opportunities to work at Bayfit due to the close proximity to Laverton. 

What other sites does BlueFit operate near the Laverton Swim & Fitness Centre?

BlueFit operates the Bayfit Leisure Centre in partnership with Council. We envisage employees will be provided with opportunities to work at Bayfit due to the close proximity to Laverton. 

Will I have to sign a new contract of employment with BlueFit?

Yes. To become an employee of BlueFit you will be required to sign a new Employment Contract as part of your onboarding process.

Does BlueFit provide opportunities to work at other sites?

Yes. Subject to availability, BlueFit has the ability to roster employees at other locations we manage nationwide. Furthermore, team members may like to consider career development opportunities that may become available from time to time at other BlueFit locations.

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