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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.