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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!
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.
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.