Job Matters Newsletter
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Job Matters is our way of keeping you informed about things that matter to you. We have our finger on the pulse of local and global media and direct parliamentary news feeds. If there’s anything you’d like to see appearing here that isn’t, or if you have any feedback or suggestions to make Job Matters serve you better, get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.
8 JAN 2018
Women, older workers and social enterprise the way of the future; and encouraging international employment figures. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! What will 2018 be for you? There is no UN theme declared this year to guide us, so let’s make it our year – a year of opportunity for everyone through employment and inclusion! As we move gently into the new year, we take the time to look to the international scene where there is a strengthening trend in employment statistics. Also, read the powerful report from Turkey about refugees and social entrepreneurship. On behalf of the whole team we wish you a fantastic 2018.
18 DEC 2017
Cabinet reshuffle; future CDP options released; research on diversity, apprenticeships, work skills; and inspiring initiatives.
This is our last edition for 2017 (we will fire up the presses again in the week starting 8 January). Even in the week before Christmas the sector is alive with updates, reports and good news:
the eagerly awaited government discussion paper on remote employment and participation has been released on the heels of the Senate report on CDP and amongst much debate – submissions are due 9 February 2019; 3 NCVER reports on VET, apprenticeships and work skills; inspiring stories on projects helping Indigenous and job seekers and people with disability and a great discussion of the need for embracing diversity in rural sectors. We wish all our readers a fantastic and restorative break. See you in 2018!
11 DEC 2017
The future of supported employment; better family violence legislation; and Indigenous businesses going international.
In this week’s issue, government calls for input on the discussion paper on the future of supported employment; the final report from the House of Representatives on better legislation for victims of family violence; and FECCA reports on Australia’s bilingual workforce. Also, we have linked our 2016-17 Annual Report, and our Practitioner Toolkit which is now live!
4 DEC 2017
Indigenous Procurement Policy exceeds targets; new Family Violence reporting laws; and innovations in Youth Employment
December 3 was International Day of People with Disability, in honour of which, the National Disability Awards were held in Canberra. NESA CEO Sally Sinclair was proud to be included on the judging panel for this outstanding event. Read the ABC article below. Also in this issue, in its first yearly review, the Indigenous Procurement Policy is exceeding targets; a new Australia Institute report calls for more pro-active labour market strategies to enhance job security; and innovations across the country in Youth Employment resources. Also read Ghada’s inspiring story from Campbell Page.
20 NOV 2017
Great success at the RSAS National Conference; ‘Better Days Ahead’ says the Treasurer; and good outcomes for youth and parents.
NESA is proud to have hosted the inaugural Remote Schools Attendance Strategy (RSAS) Conference. Also in this week’s issue, the Treasurer’s “Better Days Ahead” report; the Prime Minister’s Veteran’s Employment Awards nominations are open, and… is demand for people skills outstripping demand for STEM? NESA welcomes the outcome of the national plebiscite on same sex marriage.
13 NOV 2017
ParentsNext tender process open; report on Women in Leadership; and differing views on the future of work
In this week’s edition, announcements of ParentsNext Tender applications, the newAccessAbilityDay initiative and the 2018 NAIDOC theme. Women in Leadership feature in our Reports section. Also, read Toby Walsh’s views on preparing for the robotic future..
6 NOV 2017
Enough is enough
Last week some media reports contained significant inaccuracies about employment services along with extensively quoted information without proper context. Enough is enough! Please see our Letter to the Editor of the Australian and a more detailed public response to the article. A reminder that Remembrance Day is coming up this Saturday.
30 OCT 2017
New collaborations to improve outcomes for Indigenous people with disability and homeless youth
In this issue, the Productivity Commission have released their study report on NDIS costs, new agreement to help Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders build employment pathways in the construction industry and Brotherhood of St Laurence announces new partnership to help homeless youth. Our Reports and Research section has links to the latest employment and labour market statistics, as well as interesting items across ageing and work in regional Australia, migrant studies and career and skills pathways.
16 OCT 2017
New Time to Work programme RfT; grants for indigenous employment and a spotlight on gender imbalance
Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians. In Anti-Poverty Week, you can help fight poverty and hardship! Find out how. In this week’s edition, a request for tender has been issued for a new Time to Work programme; and a spotlight is turned on gender imbalance in STEM professions. Read the NCVER reports on Workplace Training and the NEET cohort, and how the BCA proposes to “future-proof” us! We also have a not-to-miss offer from our Industry Partner Marsh Advantage Insurance and good advice for team-building.
9 OCT 2017
Focus on Mental Health, positive outcomes in DES and CDP, and inspiring entrepreneurship
Today is World Mental Health Day, part of National Mental Health Week. In this edition we focus on NESA’s vital work improving mental health outcomes in remote Australia. October is also Indigenous Business Month and National Safe Work Month. In the news this week, positive CDP outcomes, forward planning and support eases the blow of the Toyota plant closure, and the Senate report on Penalty Rates tabled. Also, applications are now open for Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Grants
2 OCT 2017
It’s Indigenous Business Month, Jobs – best odds since 2012, and the PaTH programme is picking up speed
This first week of October is rich with International observances! In the news below, the release of PM&C’s Annual Report, great results from PaTH and the IPP and a wealth of Indigenous projects… It’s all happening!
25 SEP 2017
Perth trial for mature age career transition plus push to recognise women leaders in disability sector for Board appointments
There’s a new focus on mature age career transition, women leaders in disability recognised, NCVER talks about developing workforce skills and a note on employee engagement.
18 SEP 2017
New technologies in HR and recruitment. Indigenous groups offer alternative to CDP. Call for tenders in new apprenticeship mentoring programme
Me hearties! It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Treasure abounds in this week’s issue, full of encouraging stories and new developments. See the links below to the ParentsNext National Expansion Discussion paper and the application process for the DES provider panel. Read our spotlight gem – all about Chef Lisa Parker and the gold she has found in a Social Enterprise Cafe, and the Research and Reports section has new ABS employment data with various responses attached. Shiver me timbers!
11 SEP 2017
New technologies in HR and recruitment. Indigenous groups offer alternative to CDP. Call for tenders in new apprenticeship mentoring programme
Sunday was World Suicide Prevention Day, with this year’s theme being “Take a Minute, Change a Life”.This week’s edition has a strong employment technology section exploring new directions in HR management and recruitment. Read NESA member MatchWorks’ good news story, and The Mandarin’s James Judge raises some questions around new learning and development models.
4 SEP 2017
The gender pay gap, success of the Indigenous rangers programme and the future of learning
Monday was “equal pay day” marking the 66 extra days since the end of the financial year that women must work to earn the same as men. The gender pay gap is narrowing, but there is a way to go. This week we’ve included a look at developments on the international employment scene; read Leon’s inspiring story in the Spotlight, and don’t miss the thought-provoking article on “Microlearning.”
28 AUG 2017
NESA’s award winners, community-driven Indigenous initiatives, new opportunities for mature age workers, and advice on understanding super
We’d like to thank all of those who were able to attend the National Conference in Melbourne last week and who helped make it such a success. (If you attended but haven’t yet filled out the survey, please take a moment to respond to the email you received on Friday!) We didn’t publish last week, so there’s a lot to catch up on. Excellent initiatives in Indigenous employment, trials for new mature age job seekers and eye-opening discussions on the future of work. Also, part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies’ detailed research into youth career aspirations..
14 AUG 2017
World views on the future of work; Indigenous mentoring; Humans vs AI
The 2107 NESA National Conference is next week, celebrating 20 years of representing you, the hard workers of Employment Services. The theme for this year’s conference is Forging the Future through inclusive employment services, and this issue of Job Matters contains some articles from around the world on the Future of Work, to get you thinking in that direction.
7 AUG 2017
Award nominee knows all about homelessness, new Hilda Report, new labour market projections and PaTH engagement from hotels
In Homelessness Week, the HILDA report has revealed some alarming statistics; DSS invites expressions of interest in new DES panel; the Department of Employment releases its 2017 Labour Market projections to 2022, and consultation requested for the Prison to Work Employment Service Offer.
1 AUG 2017
NESA Awards for Excellence finalists; Women in the workforce; CEO’s salaries too high?
We are proud to announce the 2017 NESA Awards for Excellence finalists. The National Foundation for Australian Women responds to government paper on workforce equality. Federal government calling for IT specialists.
24 JULY 2017
How to stop your staff from quitting, good work is healthy and positive labour market statistics
$25M to support services dealing with Indigenous family violence, a major overhaul of the Department of Human Services website, and find out why your staff are quitting! Also, it’s less that a week before the NESA Discovery Grant nominations close!
17 JULY 2017
ANAO jobactive Performance Audit, positive youth and Indigenous news, and… does working from home improve productivity?
The jobactive Performance Audit has been released, as has another report on Good Governance in Indigenous Corporations. Both can be found in our Research and Reports section, along with an IPA report on the history of penalty rates in Australia. Youth and Indigenous employment are in focus as we celebrate the Nelson Mandela International Day for Freedom Justice and Democracy on Tuesday.
10 JULY 2017
$25b economic boost from more women in work is mooted plus success with Indigenous employment
In this issue, a strategic approach to women’s workforce participation is launched, a swag of great stories from remote Australia, and we turn our professional spotlight on My Pathway’s Liam Padmore. Our Reports and Research section has links to the Employment Services Outcomes Reports and an analysis of the Unpaid Economy, and our Industry Partners offer great advice on superannuation and handling criticism.
3 JULY 2017
Partnerships get outcomes; NAIDOC highlights Indigenous languages; and a wealth of labour market report data
Australia’s first people and our ancient languages are in focus this week as we celebrate NAIDOC Week. We have news of fruitful partnerships and job creation. Our Research and Reports section contains The Australian Jobs 2017 report, lots of new labour market data, and a report on Young Social Entrepreneurs; and NESA’s Indigenous partners give us insights into Reconciliation Action Plans and the next 50 years of Aboriginal Australia. Happy NAIDOC Week!
26 JUNE 2017
New reports, national disability awards and manufacturing trending up
In this edition we feature a series of reports on the status of women (in the Research and Reports section) as well as employment successes from across the country and from our members. Substantial growth in Australian manufacturing jobs is also in the spotlight, and we finish off with some post-interview tips.
20 JUNE 2017
DES Reforms; Indigenous job creation; the worse nations for workers’ rights; and business advice from our partners
In this week’s issue: DES reforms; new ABS labour market figures get differing interpretations; good news for Indigenous job creation; Victoria benefits from a technology boom; and some important advice on creating mentally healthy workplaces.
13 JUNE 2017
Give & take of FWC decisions, spotlight on members and a look at mature workers
The Fair Work Commission decisions on minimum wages and penalty rates. Also in this edition, NESA members in the news; some love for mature age workers; and a “game changing” Productivity Report on Competition and Choice in Human Services. And it’s International Men’s Health Week with this year’s theme: “healthy body – healthy mind”..
5 JUNE 2017
DES Stars, some sound advice and a tailored offer for NESA Members
Despite cooling temperatures, this issue has warming stories from across Australia: job creation and success stories. Two of our Industry Partners are featured, with sound advice and a tailored offer for NESA members and don’t miss the March DES Stars, Deloitte’s future workforce report and the AIHW report on Disability in our Research and Reports section.
29 MAY 2017
#NRW2017 – Let’s take the next steps…
This week is National Reconciliation Week (#NRW2017), marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, as well as the 25th anniversary of the landmark Mabo decision. It is also 20 years since the “Bringing Them Home” Report was tabled.
22 MAY 2017
Cyber-attacks, financial planning and sector insights
The ParentsNext extension has been generally well-received, and CDP hits the 5000 placements milestone. We have employment advice from Australia and around the world and don’t miss the important messages from our NESA industry partners on securing futures for women, small business tax cuts and getting over the WannaCry cyber-attack..
15 MAY 2017
Labor’s Women’s Budget Statement, Indigenous employment and a tribute to Indigenous mums
The 2017 Federal Budget musing continues. We have included a Skilling Australia Fund Speech, comments on mandatory drug testing, Departmental Budget Statements and Labor’s Women’s Budget Statement. Also in this edition see an OECD report on global unemployment, watch the Department of Employment’s video on the Seasonal Worker Programme, and sign up for the PwC Careers and Skills Survey.
8 MAY 2017
Budget: What it means for you. Better days ahead? Opportunities and reports…
NESA is pleased that the 2017 Federal Budget contains measures supporting women, mature aged job seekers, people with disability and Indigenous Australians. We are however concerned about the impact of the termination of Work for the Dole Coordinator contracts and the broader implications of the savings announced through the Government’s “better targeting” of job seeker assistance.
3 MAY 2017
Budget suspense, good robot news and timely advice on employee development
The lead-up to the 2017 Federal Budget has the usual media speculation and intrigue. In our sector a ‘crackdown’ on job seeker compliance is in the wind and we anticipate announcements on the future of DES. There have been early announcements on education funding reform but mostly we have to wait till next Tuesday night – watch this space. Meanwhile, the Victorian State budget has announced a major financial investment to address family violence.
24 APR 2017
457 visa reactions, new initiatives for employment and Anh Dos moving interview with Rosie Batty
Modifications to the temporary employer-sponsored skilled migration programme (“457 visa”) are dominating the news: we have included a range of differing responses.
Some encouraging new employment initiatives and detailed reports on employer satisfaction, mobility and transitioning local economies.
We also have a good news story targeting Melbourne’s homeless, as well as a link to the moving exchange between Rosie Batty and Anh Do that appeared on “Anh’s Brush with Fame”.
19 APR 2017
Work for the Dole, 457 Visa gone, Employee engagement and good news from Geelong
We hope you had a relaxing and rewarding Easter break! This week we’re focusing on the discussions surrounding Work for the Dole, as well as showcasing a few projects. We note the abolition of the 457s visa, the importance of employee engagement and a good news story from Geelong. NCVER reports on the changing nature of apprenticeships and we have economic summaries from NAB, OECD the ABS and the Dept of Employment. Not forgetting our normal range of employment news from across the sector.
11 APR 2017
Indigenous employment stories, member good news and Mental Health training
This issue has five encouraging stories on Indigenous employment prospects and projects around the country, good news stories from members, and an important announcement from NESA regarding new Mental Health training. We also have an “administration” segment this week, with the Ombudsman’s verdict on Centrelink’s automated debt recovery, and a thought-provoking piece on the dangers of aggressive outsourcing.
5 APR 2017
Youth Employment in the spotlight including a sobering report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence
The focus is on youth employment, with the rollout of the Youth PaTH programme on Monday. Our own Sydney Youth Forum for practitioners is taking place tomorrow, followed by our Brisbane Forum on the 4th of May. Also in this issue, good news for people with disability and migrants and Work for the Dole achievements.
28 MAR 2017
CDP, ParentsNext, ideas for not-for-profits and breaking down barriers!
There’s a new Senate inquiry on CDP, and we encourage you to write submissions! There’s also an upcoming survey of the ParentsNext programme in which providers are encouraged to participate. Also in this issue, jobs for remote Australia, and breaking down prejudice and stereotypes, and an interesting piece on the ‘three sector solution’ to delivering public policy.
22 MAR 2017
Apprenticeships, Indigenous job creation and change for people with disability
This issue highlights calls for advances on apprenticeships, VET system reform and changes in expectations for people with disability; we note some positive investments in Indigenous job creation although as the linked Australian Human Rights Commission report points out, much remains to be done. We also have employment and economic reports from NCVER and the OECD.
15 MAR 2017
Good tidings in Job Matters: Latrobe Valley, Indigenous employment and more
This week’s stories bring positive news for Latrobe Valley workers, about inspiring Indigenous Australians, youth and migrants and congratulations to providers who were awarded grants in the latest round of Empowering YOUth Initiatives. Also of interest, the ACT is looking into its poor disability employment outcomes. And don’t miss Crown Coaching’s blog entry on mature age workers in our “By the way” segment.
10 MAR 2017
Special Edition: OECD “Connecting People with jobs”
The OECD has today released its third report in the “Connecting People with Jobs” series, focusing on Australia. NESA welcomes this timely report as it not only underscores the effectiveness of the work done by the Employment Services Sector over the last decades, but also supports NESA’s own project and policy directions as outlined in our Budgetary Priorities, also released today.
28 FEB 2017
Penalty rates, women in the workforce and UN recognition of Apprenticeship Programme
The Fair Work Commission decision on weekend penalty rates has provoked a lot of responses. We have included a summary of the decision itself as well as a representative range of differing reactions. We have a focus article this week on an employment success story from Bendigo, as well as an important report from the UN on the professional empowerment of women.
21 FEB 2017
Refugee Employment and Youth PaTH Promotion
While responses to the Closing the Gap report continue to echo through the media, engendering necessary discussion on positive community consultation and involvement, this week we shift our focus to the burgeoning discussion around refugee employment in Australia, and to the Youth PaTH promotion. Our Reports section reflects this first theme with a detailed consideration of employment and settlement for refugees from the CPD, as well as containing new Labour market stats from the ABS.
15 FEB 2017
We must do more to Close the Gap
On the 9th anniversary of the apology to Australia’s Indigenous people, the Prime Minister’s 2017 “Closing the Gap” Report states it bluntly: despite some encouraging local solutions and isolated successes, the employment targets for indigenous Australians are “not on track”. NESA’s Closing the Gap in Employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians Draft (Nov 2016) offers Government a range of proposals for turning this situation around. The final version of this paper will be further informed by member feedback regarding the recent changes to jobactive Indigenous Outcomes Targets to which NESA has also responded directly: jobactive Submission: The Industry Paper on Indigenous Outcome Targets (Jan 2017).
7 FEB 2017
More jobs promised amidst mixed results in the industry
Last week the The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition both promised a focus on future job growth. Meanwhile several large scale employment projects are underway and individual successes continue to inspire, despite criticism of unemployment reporting methods, falling employment rates for people with disability, and lacklustre performance of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. We’ve included a new segment in this issue that we’re calling “Spotlight” which will be a brief profile of someone working in our industry. Send us your contributions!
30 JAN 2017
Good news from NT and Far Northern QLD
In news this week, the Northern Territory has been promised a big boost to employment through the NDIS, and comes out on top in employment trends in CommSec’s January 2017 state survey. Promising Ranger training programs are being set up for far northern Queensland and we have inspiring stories from up and down the east coast.
25 JAN 2017
Victoria in the news
On behalf of NESA and all our members, we offer our love, solidarity and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed in the vicious & cowardly attack in the CBD of Melbourne on the 20th of January. In employment news this week, the state of Victoria dominates with job creation, training and landmark deals. And for those who have purchased a Remuneration Survey, the date for the free Webinar has now been fixed to the 6th of February at 3pm AEST.
22 DEC 2016
Twas the week before Christmas…
…and all through the sector, lots of things were still happening…including our DES Submission, our 18 Month Business Reallocation Report, and our 2016 Annual report. Our 2016 Remuneration Report is also just back from the binders and is available for order. The Government’s Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) has been released, as have the ABS’s seasonal reports on Employment and the Labour Force with many debate-provoking figures to animate discussions over Christmas dinner.
13 DEC 2016
Revamped websites and lots of new data (holiday reading!)
It’s office party season, but that means it’s also the time for annual reports. NESA’s Annual Report and our biennial Remuneration Survey will both be distributed this week, just in time for Christmas! In this issue we’ve linked a whole range of detailed work hot off the press covering regional, youth and indigenous employment as well as labour market analyses.
7 DEC 2016
NESA releases our 8th biennial ES Workforce Remuneration and HRM Performance Report
The 2016 Australian Employment Services Workforce Survey of Remuneration and Human Resource Management Performance will be available shortly. This iteration has excellent sector penetration and geographic coverage, as well as improved key position definitions. One startling result is staff-turnover figures up dramatically from 2014. Members who participated in the survey will receive a 46% discount. Also in this edition, a report on significant University research which outlines the results of a 2016 Australian survey of frontline employment services professionals.
30 NOV 2016
Disability day, done deals and great research!
Lots happening around disability. Parliament is sitting! The new Youth Jobs PaTH Bill is provoking uncertainty; and a breakthrough in negotiations for Aussie seasonal workers. Also, great research into job clusters; transport barriers; bullying; social cohesion and the utility of VET Qualifications.
11 NOV 2016
Seeking feedback – Improving employment outcomes of Indigenous people
The Productivity Commission has released the seventh ‘Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report’ which updates 52 wellbeing indicators. There is some progress with full time employment increasing from 54% in 2002 to 63% in 2015 (compared to 70% of non-Indigenous Australians). Australia needs to continue to make progress to close the gap. NESA is seeking feedback on constructive ways to improve the employment outcomes of Indigenous people. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs has also released the latest Community Development Programme figures.