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News | 23 April 2015

On 13 March 2015 the Department of Employment lodged its submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of the workplace relations framework. The submission provides the Productivity Commission with data and information on enterprise agreements and modern awards, methods of pay setting, and legislation to change the Fair Work Act 2009 that is currently before the Parliament.

The Department’s submission is now available on this website.

The Government committed to the Productivity Commission review prior to the 2013 election and commissioned the review on 19 December 2014. The terms of reference for the review require the Productivity Commission to assess the performance of the workplace relations framework and make recommendations about how the laws can be improved to maximise outcomes for Australian employers, employees and the economy.

News | 23 April 2015

The Fair Work Commission’s 2014-15 annual wage review is currently in progress. Through the review process, the Expert Panel for annual wage reviews will set the national minimum wage. The Panel can also choose to vary wage rates across the various classifications in one or more modern awards. The Panel is expected to hand down its decision in June 2015.

News | 8 April 2015

The Indicator provides advance warnings of whether employment is likely to grow faster or slower than its long-term trend rate of growth and is produced by the Australian Government Department of Employment.

The new Indicator has risen for the second consecutive month in April 2015, after the downward trends in most of its components diminished or reversed

The April 2015 report is now available.

News | 2 April 2015

Fiji joins the other nine participating countries of Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Approved Employers interested in recruiting from Fiji should contact their contract manager or call the Seasonal Worker Program team in Department of Employment on +61 2 6240 5234.

Fijian citizens interested in participating in the Seasonal Worker Program should contact Ms Sainimili Mocevakaca, Manager Foreign Employment Services in the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations on + 679 330 3500 or email sainimili.mocevakaca@govnet.gov.fj.

Further information is available in the Seasonal Worker Program – Fiji Factsheet

News | 31 March 2015

A tender process for the new services has been completed and successful tenderers will deliver jobactive across Australia.

Transition information is available to help job seekers and employers understand the new service and what it means for them.

News | 31 March 2015

The Generation Success website has launched new resources to support young people starting out in the workforce.

The new fact sheets include information on:

  • Settling into your new workplace
  • Knowing your workplace rights and responsibilities
  • Planning your career
  • Moving on

These fact sheets include checklists, helpful tips and useful links to support and empower young workers.

You can access these fact sheets on our Young Worker page.

Subscribe to receive information on future updates at GenerationSuccess@employment.gov.au.

For more information on Generation Success, visit our Generation Success website.

News | 25 March 2015

This Act covers injured Australian Government workers and employees of private corporations that hold a licence under the Act.

More information about the changes proposed in the Bill is available.   

News | 18 March 2015

The project is funded by the Department of Employment in response to Australia’s gender equality scorecard results released by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in November 2014. The report notes that while some 48 per cent of employers have policies on flexible work, only about 13 per cent have a strategy for ensuring these policies are used by employees who want to access them. Further, over half of organisations have a standalone gender equality policy but only 7.1 per cent have a gender equality strategy.

The project will see the Centre assist organisations with existing gender equality policies to develop a strategy for the organisation’s leaders to promote and achieve gender equality in the workplace.

News | 17 March 2015

The new Job Seeker JobSearch app retains the features of the previous version, but also allows job seekers to use many of the features from the website.

From a mobile device job seekers can now:

News | 17 March 2015

Contractors are eligible to become Approved Employers under the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP), however they must have been in operation for at least five years and have a record of compliance with immigration and workplace relations requirements.

Existing Contractors within the SWP will remain until the expiration of their deed of Agreement with the Department.
 

News | 16 March 2015

Applications for the 2016 Graduate Programme are now open.

For more information on what the Programme offers and how to apply, please go to the 2016 Graduate Programme page.

News | 6 March 2015

The Launceston Jobs Fair will bring together job seekers, employers, employment service providers, recruitment agencies and training providers.

With over 40 exhibitors, you can talk face to face with people in the know about jobs, training, education and career options across northern Tasmania.

Throughout the day there will be information sessions on how to write resumes, and how best to find employment opportunities in Tasmania’s job market.

For enquiries about the Jobs Fair or if you are interested in being an exhibitor, phone James McCormack on 0428 299 262.

News | 25 February 2015

The Government has conducted a thorough consultation process with reporting organisations, employer representatives and gender equality advocates to identify how the current gender equality reporting framework can be streamlined while still meeting the policy objectives.

The Government will streamline reporting and remove the most onerous additional requirements that were due to be introduced from 1 April 2015.

The changes will take effect in the 2015–16 reporting year.

View media release here.

Media Release | 20 February 2015

Today, the Hon. Eric Abetz, Minster for Employment announced increased access to the Seasonal Worker Program places for the horticulture sector.  Previously, there were 2600 places allocated the horticulture sector this financial year, and 650 available to the trial sectors. However, due to high demand from the horticulture industry and low demand from the trial sectors, the Government has decided to allow the horticulture sector to access any places not used by the trial industries. This change will help more businesses to meet seasonal labour demand in instances where there not enough local, Australian workers.

Approved employers who are seeking additional seasonal workers should contact their contract manager to discuss how they can access their recruitment intentions.

To view the media release

News | 30 January 2015

This page aims to provide information to support young job seekers and workers to maintain their physical and mental health. The page contains links and resources on staying positive, keeping active and eating well and includes links to state-based support and information.

There are also links for parents and educators to support young people’s physical and mental health as they transition to the workforce.

Visit the Generation Success website at to access this new information about Looking after yourself.

Subscribe to receive information on future updates at GenerationSuccess@employment.gov.au

News | 20 January 2015

The data are obtained from the Department of Employment’s Workplace Agreements Database.

You can view the report on the Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining page.

News | 10 December 2014

On 5 December 2014, the Minister for Employment, Senator Abetz acknowledged the Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (ACCI) achievement in increasing employment opportunities in the Pacific, through the Pacific Growth Employment Project. The Minister received a report on the Project from ACTU President Ged Kearney and ACCI Director of Employment, Education and Training Jenny Lambert.

Over the last two years, the project has increased employment opportunities in Papua New Guinea’s transport sector and Vanuatu’s tourism sector by drawing on the experience of Australian businesses to develop strategies that prepare youth for employment and create opportunities for the indigenous workforce. The project has also focused on skills development, with Australian standard training certificates now being provided in the transport sector in PNG.

News | 4 December 2014

After an extended period out of the workforce, 57 year old Yvonne was feeling disheartened in her search for employment. Even though she had the experience and the skills, Yvonne was still not finding it easy to secure an ongoing full time position.

Yvonne’s employment services provider contacted Tile Boutique and helped them to realise the benefits of both mature age workers and the Restart wage subsidy.

After meeting Yvonne, Tile Boutique were more than happy to take her on at their retail store. The family owned and operated business prides themselves on their sales team and have been very pleased with Yvonne’s contribution to their business. With 15 stores across the country, it is integral to Tile Boutique that their customers receive the same level of service at every location and Yvonne has strived to achieve this.

News | 28 November 2014

The Department will be conducting an information session for organisations interested in applying to the RAI as follows:

  • Title: Webinar – QAF Multi-use Auditor List Information Session
  • Date: Thursday 4 December 2014
  • Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm ADST

This information session will be a repeat of the information session conducted on 25 November 2014. The Department encourages all interested organisations to register to attend the information session.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

View the System Requirements necessary to participate.

News | 28 November 2014

The revised advance release contains amendments to the earlier version which was released on 17 April 2014. Changes include:

  • applying the content requirements for enterprise agreements (section 11) to enterprise agreements that are varied (subsection 11(2A));
  • prohibiting reading down clauses in enterprise agreements (section 11A);
  • requiring that a code covered entity must comply with its obligations under the Migrations Act 1958 (subsection 9(4)); and
  • other minor technical amendments.

The new code will come into effect when the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2014 commences as an Act.

More information about the revised advance release of the Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Site) Code 2014 is available.

News | 20 November 2014

At 51, Peter Rayment has faced various barriers and setbacks in his journey to employment. After many years without work, Peter sought the help of an employment services provider to assist him to become more job-ready and secure a suitable position.

Peter’s provider in Forster assisted him to complete some retraining before connecting him with the IGA supermarket located in Nabiac, NSW. IGA were offering a Warehousing Traineeship which Peter applied for and was successful in obtaining. Peter’s eligibility for the Restart Programme was significant in encouraging the store manager Garth Mason to engage a mature age worker in the position.

News | 20 November 2014

Despite a diverse employment background with experience in welding, tyre fitting and vehicle body making, 51 year old Brett has struggled to find ongoing, full-time work.

Through the Restart Wage subsidy Brett was able to secure full-time employment with JAX Tyres and has been happily working as a tyre fitter since 1 September 2014.

Brett’s employment service provider in Taree had been working with him since last year, supporting him in his job search efforts. When JAX Tyres opened its doors in Taree just a few months ago and were in need of staff, Brett was referred for a position as a tyre fitter.

As a new business, JAX Tyres was really pleased to be able to access the support of Restart. The wage subsidy enabled them to take on someone like Brett who they could see had good experience but needed some retraining after being out of the industry for a number of years.

News | 19 November 2014

The new Quality Assurance Framework forms part of the Employment Services Deed 2015 – 2020, commencing from 1 July 2015.

The Quality Assurance Framework comprises two key elements:

  • Quality Principles developed by the department against which an Employment Provider must provide evidence, to demonstrate the delivery of quality services to job seekers, employers and the department; and
  • Certification against one of the department approved Quality Standards, ISO 9001, the National Standards for Disability Services, the Employment Services Industry Standard or Investors in People.

The certification process will be undertaken by an accredited third party Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), selected by the Employment Provider, from the department’s Quality Assurance Framework Multi-use Auditor List (MuL). Further information, regarding CAB inclusion on the MuL is located in the RAI documentation.

News | 31 October 2014

The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs has extended a Memorandum of Understanding for the Seasonal Worker Program to the Republic of Fiji for consideration.

When signed, these documents establish a commitment by the Governments of Australia and Fiji to establish and maintain labour sending and receiving arrangements for the Seasonal Worker Program that will deliver benefits to the citizens of the Republic of Fiji and assist Australian employers to meet their seasonal demand for labour.

Once these steps are completed the Fijian Government will provide advice about how Fijian citizens can apply to participate in the Seasonal Worker Program.

For more information about Fiji and the SWP please see this list of Questions and Answers.

News | 30 October 2014

The Quality Assurance Framework comprises two key elements:

  • Quality Principles developed by the department against which an Employment Provider must provide evidence, to demonstrate the delivery of quality services to job seekers, employers and the department; and
  • Certification against one of the department approved Quality Standards, ISO 9001, the National Standards for Disability Services, the Employment Services Industry Standard or Investors in People.

The certification process will be undertaken by an accredited third party Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), selected by the Employment Provider, from the department’s Multi-use List (MuL). This MuL will be established via a prequalified tender.

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