Job Matters Newsletter
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8 OCT 2019
Improvements in CDP performance, attention to older job seekers, and making our cities more accessible.
NESA extends our thanks to all delegates, speakers and invited guests at last week’s NESA/OECD Indigenous Employment Forum, as well as to the OECD Local Development Forum, the Department of Employment Skills, Small and Family Business, and Alffie for their support of the event. Read our media release here. In the news this week, improvements in CDP performance, attention to older job seekers, and making our cities more accessible. Also, read the RMIT/Greenacres report on secure employment for people with disability.
24 SEP 2019
August employment figures, working with small businesses, future VET, and cyber risk.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the August employment figures, read the Qld Government’s guide on working with small businesses, unanimity over future VET directions, employment growth and new projects by state. Also, don’t miss NESA Industry Partner Marsh Insurance’s article on cyber risk.
09 SEP 2019
Opportunities for migrants and Indigenous Australians in WA; OECD focus on mature age employment; and the economic benefits of social inclusion.
NESA thanks all the Board election candidates, and congratulates Rebecca Nichols, CEO Global Skills, and James Christian, CEO of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, on their appointment to the NESA Board. Read the NSW ALC’s media release here. In the news this issue: Job opportunities for migrants and Indigenous Australians in Goldfields WA; the OECD calls for greater Government commitment to mature age employment; and read Deloitte’s report on the economic benefits of social inclusion.
27 AUG 2019
NESA Bright Star Award winner; DSS calls for consultation on the NDIS Participant Service Guarantee; and the 2019 NSW Workforce Skills Survey.
Moree celebrates NESA Bright Star Award winner; support for Australia’s carers; the Department of Social Services calls for consultation on the NDIS Participant Service Guarantee; the “ripple effect” of job creation; and read the reports on the generation gap, the gender pay gap and the 2019 NSW Workforce Skills Survey.
31 JUL 2019
Employment news, research and reports
A focus on the plight of job seekers with autism; Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” to create Australian jobs; a new HILDA report; and Read the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business’s reports on job search trends and the last 30 years of the Australian labour market, and the OECD report on labour share over the last two decades.
16 JUL 2019
It’s NAIDOC Week; breaking stereotypes in disability employment; women in leadership; migrants’ skills; and a heat map of the robot invasion!
Among the stories this fortnight: breaking stereotypes in disability employment; a win for women in leadership; making the most of migrants’ skills; and where will the robots hit Australia hardest?
18 JUN 2019
Jobs in Queensland budget; robots are not taking all the work; and the importance of customer service.
Jobs profiled in the Queensland budget; job figures from across the nation; Deloitte report offers alternative to fear of robots taking our jobs; and read about the importance of customer service.
5 JUN 2019
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash’s Appointment Statement. Indigenous opportunities and AIHW report on Disability Services.
Read Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash’s Statement on Ministerial Appointment to the position of Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. Indigenous mentors, opportunities for Indigenous job seekers in tech, and remote projects. Read McGann, Nguyen and Considine’s paper on “blaming the unemployed”, and read the AIHW report on Disability Services (2017-18).
23 MAY 2019
Government’s employment pledges, infrastructure development in Qld, and improving your Indigenous cultural awareness.
NESA congratulates the Morrison government on its electoral victory, and looks forward to working with the new Ministries in the advancement of employment services. See below for the new Morrison government’s election pledges. Also in this issue, Victorian Disability Grants, infrastructure development in Queensland and improving your Indigenous Cultural Awareness in this the International Year of indigenous Languages.
7 MAY 2019
Campaign promises, growth in the mining sector, underemployment, and the future of work.
The 2019 Client Services Industry Skills Forecast draft has been released for public consultation, and will remain accessible until 5pm on Monday 20 May. Major parties on the campaign trail with competing plans for Indigenous Australians and people with disability, plus Labor’s Jobs Tax Cut announcement. Also, growth in the mining sector, watch the ABC’s video on underemployment, and explore the future of work.
30 APR 2019
Looking back on employment services, and what the major parties are promising.
In this week’s issue, look back over the history of Australian employment services as the sector celebrates its 21st birthday: read an exclusive interview with NESA CEO Sally Sinclair, trace 35 years of the ‘national employment highway’. Also, what are the major parties promising for employment in the lead up to the election: we focus on youth projects. Plus, NESA Industry Partner Marsh Advantage with important information about liability.
26 MAR 2019
New Employment Services, comment and reaction; intergenerational welfare dependence; changing the story around disability employment
Read Special segment: New Employment Services – Minister O’Dwyer’s and official responses.
Read the House of Representatives Select Committee on Intergenerational Welfare Dependence report “Living on the Edge”, and the Department of Jobs and Small Business’s report on demand for aged care.
Also, see CoAct’s “Change the Story” storytelling project.
20 MAR 2019
Employment Services 2020 – Government Announcement
In this edition, the Government announces its plans for New Employment Services, the 2018 Mission Australia Youth Survey, and successes in the Restart program.
As this is the first edition of Job Matters since the sad events in Christchurch last Friday, NESA would like to take this opportunity to express our solidarity with the people of New Zealand, and those directly impacted.
12 MAR 2019
Migrant Workers’ Taskforce report; opportunities in far Northern QLD; and how is Digital Transformation affecting you?
Read the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce report, and the Australian Government response; Far Northern Queensland in the spotlight with developments opening employment opportunities; similar projects opening doors in WA and NT; and how is Digital Transformation affecting your business model?
5 MAR 2019
Job creation and growth plans across the nation, HELP Enterprises’ 50th birthday, and The Brotherhood of St Laurence on Youth Unemployment.
Public comment invited on WA Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan (draft report linked in Research and Reports, below). Nominations are now open for the Victorian Disability Awards. Job creation and growth plans from around the nation, HELP Enterprises celebrates 50 years of service and The Brotherhood of St Laurence reports on Youth Unemployment.
26 FEB 2019
Job creation; the expanding job market; Indigenous Procurement (IPP) strategies and Indigenous Cultural Awareness.
Election promises around job creation; the expanding job market; and the Victorian Government Aboriginal Affairs Report. Also, Indigenous Procurement (IPP) strategies and Indigenous Cultural Awareness. How are you measuring up?
19 FEB 2019
jobactive report; Close the Gap report; employment-related discussion papers; grant opportunities and local employment news.
Final reports released on jobactive and 2019 Closing the Gap; grant applications are open for organisations helping Australians with disability into work; discussion papers released on naval shipbuilding strategic workforce and the future of work in Queensland; and if you missed it, take a moment to read or listen to Hugh Mackay AO’s excellent Australia Day address.
12 FEB 2019
Australian Employers Guide to Hiring Refugees; Indigenous, disability and youth projects; and the hidden job market.
In news this week, the Australian Employers Guide to Hiring Refugees has been launched; AETS’ Mature Workers Employment Pledge; Indigenous, disability and youth projects; and some notes on the hidden job market.
5 FEB 2019
Positive steps for disability, youth, migrants and remote projects, and reviews on NDS and on job insecurity.
The value of migrant skills acknowledged, positive steps for disability, youth and remote projects, Productivity Commission Review of National Disability Strategy, The Australia Institute report puts Abbott’s “one million jobs” in perspective, and McKell reports on job insecurity. Also, a good news story about NEIS, and advice around Cyber Breach insurance.
29 JAN 2019
Senator Scullion will not contest next election; ILO report on the future of work; Productivity Commission reports on mental health and homelessness.
Senator Nigel Scullion not contesting next election; read the ILO report on the future of work; Migration Program discussion paper released; the Productivity Commission has released two reports, one on mental health and the other on homelessness; and understanding online application filters.
22 JAN 2019
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Fighting ageism (“Two birds, one stone” article), Indigenous and regional success stories, and check out the new Government “Life Checks” tool to plan for a longer life.
15 JAN 2019
Four encouraging employment success stories; the 2010-20 Disability Strategy paper and big plans for Kakadu.
Read Bryce, Joelle, Jason and Susan’s success stories; some advice on being more assertive; read the 2010-20 Disability Strategy paper and in case you missed it, we have re-linked the Employment Services 2020 report “I want to work”.
8 JAN 2019
Happy New Year! NESA’s Remuneration Report; Employment services reforms on the horizon; report on inequality; and what is Emotional Intelligence.
Labor suggesting employment services reforms; job creation wins; read the Australia21/The Australia Institute report on inequality – A Fair Go for All Australians, and some timely advice for conducting job interviews from the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
18 DEC 2018
In our last edition for the year, the Employment Services 2020 report; a new Closing the Gap strategy; substance abuse and mental health.
It’s nearly Christmas! This will be our last edition for 2018: NESA’s offices will be closed from the 21st of December until the 2nd of January 2019. We would like to thank all our members for their support throughout 2018, and we wish you a fantastic holiday season! In this edition, Expert Panel Employment Services 2020 Report released, a new approach to Closing the Gap.
11 DEC 2018
ParentsNext inquiry; Indigenous and remote stories; and salute Donna Douglas on 4 decades of service.
Inquiry into ParentsNext announced; inquiry into economic consultation of traditional owners open; read The Hon Tony Abbott MP’s statement on Indigenous education, and the McKell Institute’s discussion paper on multiculturalism; salute Donna Douglas after 41 yrs service to employment services; and check up on your emotional intelligence.
4 DEC 2018
Indigenous Voice in Australian Constitution; violence against women and gender equality; youth job insecurity; and expert advice on job interviews.
Labor undertakes to move toward making Indigenous Voice a reality; read the ANROWS report on violence against women and gender equality; a report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence turns the spotlight on youth job insecurity, and expert advice on job interviews.
27 NOV 2018
NEIS AccessAbility Day 2018; 2019 Teaching – Growing Our Future scholarship program open; Migrant and Refugee Women’s Voices survey.
This week is AccessAbility Day 2018. Click here for more information. Next Monday (Dec 3) is International Day of People with Disability – register for events here. Applications are open for the 2019 Teaching – Growing Our Future scholarship program, which supports Aboriginal Territorians who want to pursue a career in education. Read the Harmony Alliance’s report on Migrant and Refugee women; Outback Alliance launched, and the jobs development in the Northern Territory.
21 NOV 2018
NEIS Awards, CTA roll-out, VCOSS poverty survey shows up underemployment, and allied health specialists for Employment Services.
The 2018 NEIS Awards, CTA applications sought and historic development deal for Darwin; in Research and Reports, unemployment rates falling, but VCOSS poverty survey reveals startling facts about underemployment; and the importance of allied health specialists to Employment Services.
13 NOV 2018
Helping hand for Perth’s homeless, improving job prospects for Indigenous Australians in Brisbane, and hot tips on resume writing.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business requests feedback for Australian Jobs publication. Exercise helping Perth’s homeless back into work, improving business confidence in SA, top reasons to look into cyber insurance, and resume writing, are you doing it right?
5 NOV 2018
Ministerial speeches delivered at the recent NESA Leadership forum; hansard from the Senate Inquiry into jobactive; and AccessAbility Day coming up.
Read the speeches of The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, The Hon Sarah Henderson MP and the Hon Terri Butler MP, from the NESA Leadership Forum held in Melbourne on the 1st of November. Read the hansard from the Senate Inquiry into the Appropriateness and Effectiveness of the Objectives, Design, Implementation and Evaluation of jobactive. Get ready for AccessAbility Day 2018: a great opportunity for job seekers with disability and employers to connect for a day and experience what each has to offer on 26 – 30 November 2018.
26 OCT 2018
Latest job projections; infrastructure projects to grow regions and new Aged Services Industry Reference Committee.
Future jobs projected to favour those with post-school education, new regional projects will increase manufacturing and tourism opportunities, a new Aged Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has been established and a good news story from a young Indigenous woman who has landed her dream job as part of the Youth Jobs PaTH program.
16 OCT 2018
Social Security Legislation Amendment (CDP) Bill 2018; boosts for remote incubators and microfinance; and more jobs for people with disability.
It’s National Carers Week, recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation. More here. The Senate report on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (CDP) Bill has been released; investment in regional migration; remote business incubators and microfinance support; stories by state, and read about intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivators.
9 OCT 2018
Opportunities for women and Indigenous entrepreneurs; National Arts and Disability consultation; getting ready for AccessAbility Day.
In this week’s edition, growth and opportunities across the nation, Indigenous entrepreneurs, opportunities for women, record employment rates and the next phase of the Stop it at the Startcampaign. Tell Your Story – National Arts and Disability consultation: a chance for people with disability, organisations and carers to contribute stories and ideas about arts and disability. Click here for details. AccessAbility Day, held nationally from 26-30 November 2018, is an Australian Government initiative which provides an opportunity for DES jobseekers and employers to explore new opportunities in the workplace. Click here for the 2018 Accessibility Day Stakeholder Kit (9 MB .zip file).
2 OCT 2018
Advice for mature age job seekers; reducing the gender gap; Aboriginal Procurement Policy making headway in WA.
Employer advice for mature age job seekers; global commitment to reducing the gender gap; youth projects in Queensland and Victoria; and Aboriginal Procurement Policy making headway in Western Australia. Also, read our good news story about Ian Clare’s CanVan, and learn about the 2 basic questions employers are asking in interviews.
25 SEP 2018
Future of work and workers report; an ‘explainer’ on participation for older job seekers; new job seeking tools and inspiring regional projects.
Read the Senate Select Committee report on the future of work and workers. The Department of Jobs and Small Business has released an “explainer” on stronger participation requirements for older job seekers. Plus, new job seeking tools and regional projects. Read our good news story about Tony’s experience with NCAP, and how is your Indigenous Cultural Awareness? Nominations for the 2019 Veterans Employment Awards are now open (click here) and Nominations for the Qld Mature Workers Mean Business Awards are also open (click here).
18 SEP 2018
Employment Services 2020, remote and Indigenous projects, and the national blueprint for the aged care workforce
Summary of the Next Generation of Employment Services discussion paper submissions, remote and Indigenous advancement projects and achievements, including our good news story from the NCAP project, and unemployment figures declining. PeoplePlus have launched their 2018 Stars for hire campaign. Click here for more. Also read the Ai Group’s report Skilling: A National Imperative, and the national blueprint for the aged care workforce.
11 SEP 2018
CDP Reform factsheet; Regional “job automation” resource; people with disability get a greater say and good news stories from our members.
The Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet has released a factsheet outlining the reforms to the Community Development Programme; Regional Australia Institute has put together a “job automation” resource to help anticipate future work shifts; VCOSS has put out a timely report on developing the future of social service professions; the ACTU calls for structural reform to remove gender bias; and the latest findings from HILDA – see the links in Research and Reports. Also, construction creates jobs in the far north, people with disability given a greater say, and good news stories from our members.
4 SEP 2018
The Indigenous gap is widening; the Productivity Commission report on inequality; the most recent measurement of Australia’s digital divide.
Why the Indigenous gap is widening; the Productivity Commission report on inequality; the most recent measurement of Australia’s digital divide; and read the NSW Government’s ambitious Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan 2030. Also in this issue, employment news by state and some promising developments for veterans.
28 AUG 2018
Cabinet reshuffle; National Skills Week; support for Indigenous, youth and mature age projects; and the best jobs for 2018.
NESA welcomes new Ministers Kelly O’Dwyer (Jobs, Industrial Relations and Women) and Paul Fletcher (Families and Social Services). See Minister O’Dwyer’s statement below. It’s National Skills Week, the focal point for the promotion of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector (VET). Click on the banner below for more information. Also in this issue: support for Indigenous jobs and skills programs, youth and mature age projects; NESA Awards winners in the news and the best jobs for 2018.
21 AUG 2018
jobactive inquiry launched, NESA’s Employment Services 2020 submission, Victoria in the news for employment
Two inquiries of relevance to our sector are now accepting submissions: the Senate Inquiry into The Appropriateness and Effectiveness of the Objectives, Design, Implementation and Evaluation of jobactive, for which more information can be accessed here; and The House of Representatives inquiry into Intergenerational Welfare Dependence, which can be accessed here. The current discussion paper on the Next Generation of Employment Services is also accepting submissions. Read NESA’s submission here. Also in this edition, read the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s paper on disadvantage and the VET system, and the NCVER report on VET in Schools (2017), an explainer from the Parliamentary Library on Long Term Unemployment, as well as employment-related news nationally with a particular focus on Victoria.
14 AUG 2018
We’re back! Some great stories and links on youth projects, a FAQ on the Targeted Compliance Framework, and breaking bad habits…
We’ve been off the air for a couple of weeks as a result of our National Conference, which took place in Brisbane on the 8th and 9th and which was an outstanding success. Thanks to all those who helped to make it such a positive and rewarding event! The Department of Jobs and Small Business has released an explainer (FAQ) on the Targeted Job Seeker Compliance Framework; in honour of International Youth Day (Sunday 12) read about the youth engagement projects, grants and involvement; and breaking the Bad Habit Loop…
24 JULY 2018
The Future of Work, Indigenous skills partnerships and the importance of good phone technique.
Read The Productivity Commission’s Deputy Chair, Karen Chester’s detailed speech on the Future of Work; innovative Indigenous skills partnerships; and Tasmanian skills funding grants open
17 JULY 2018
NESA Awards for Excellence Finalists; new initiatives for Indigenous women; staff retention and flexible workplaces.
NESA congratulates the outstanding candidates for the 2018 NESA Awards for Excellence. The judges were hard-pressed to select the 18 finalists from such an excellent field. The Finalists have now been announced! NAIDOC week sparks new initiatives for Indigenous women; articles on staff retention and flexible workplaces; read Robert Sobrya’s analysis of the change in job security; and nine things to do in your new job to build bridges.
10 JULY 2018
Because of her, we can! OECD reports on employment, wages and careers guidance; and some Pure Insights…
NESA joins with people across Australia as we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week 2018 – don’t miss SBS’s “Local Women Leaving Legacies”, below.
In this edition, our Employment Services Update segment highlights NESA’s recent activity; Research and Reports presents financial, economic and employment related papers, and an article from NESA’s new Industry Partner, Pure Insights.
6 JULY 2018
jobactive 2020 discussion paper; a range of programme roll-outs; change-resistance and return to work advice
We have included a new Employment Services Update section to provide a brief summary of current issues and NESA activity.
Also in this issue, “Liftoff” for the Australian Space Agency, a word on change resistance, and Disability Employment Services (DES), Career Transition Assistance (CTA) and ParentsNext roll outs.
26 JUN 2018
Regions announced for new employment trials and… last chance for early bird rates for the NESA National Conference!
In this week’s edition, Regional Employment Trials regions announced; AFL brings strengths to remote town; and read the status report from Reconciliation Australia.
19 JUN 2018
VET developments; support for Indigenous projects; gender balance in industry and Emotional Intelligence
In this issue, developments in Vocational Education and Training, and the NSW and Qld Budgets both show strong commitments to Indigenous employment initiatives. The Qld Department of Employment Service Delivery Statements are linked in our Reports section and you can see all the Qld Budget papers and infographics here. Also, read the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ report on gender equality, and our Industry Partner Bounce Australia gives some great advice about Emotional Intelligence (EQ).
14 JUN 2018
Reports on higher education and infrastructure reform; Funding boosts; Opportunities for innovation and professional development
This week is Men’s Health Week. Go here to learn more about this initiative and why it is important. In this week’s edition we have a slew of funding boosts, opportunities for innovative projects and reports on infrastructure reform and higher education outcomes. Also, see the By the Way segment for an interesting offer from Infoxchange.
4 JUN 2018
Employment project funding boosts; minimum wage increase; a new school to work transition report and how does the European GDPR affect you?
This week sees mixed reactions to the minimum wage increase and funding boosts for a range of employment projects across the nation. Read the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training’s report on the school to work transition, and see how the GDPR affects you.
28 MAY 2018
National Reconciliation Week; NESA addresses Senate inquiry on Future of Work; and how’s your Emotional Intelligence?
This week is National Reconciliation Week. Go to the National Reconciliation Week website for information on dates and events; see the Tasmanian Government’s report on opportunities for women; and read NESA CEO Sally Sinclair’s advocacy statements to the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers. Also, see NESA’s full submission to the Commission.
21 MAY 2018
Australia’s first Space Agency promises new jobs; 70 years of AMEP in Melbourne; and an historic development for Indigenous Rangers
New projects bring future job possibilities; an historic appointment of Indigenous Fisheries inspectors; and grants now available in Collie WA for innovative job creation projects.
16 MAY 2018
Budget statements, mental health and a boxing champion helps CDP recipients get job-ready
2018-19 Federal Budget: See NESA’s key point summary and media release here and more Budget statements below. Jobs Victoria successes, mental health awareness for employment services staff, and read about Brettlyn “The Beaver” Neal working with CDP to improve lives.
8 MAY 2018
Providers of the new DES; Australian Jobs 2018 report and the Victorian budget
The providers of the new DES have been announced, the Australian Jobs 2018 report has been released, as has an evaluation of the Remote Schools Attendance Strategy. Read paralympian Scott Reardon’s comments on disability, and inspiring stories of return to work and NEIS success from our members. The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) 2018 World Congress “Preparing for the Skills Future, Now” has been announced. Click here for more information.
2 MAY 2018
Closing the Gap targets; greater inclusion for people with disability; and the pros and cons of UBIs
Positive employment developments for Queensland; greater inclusion for people with disability, older job seekers and migrants and funding for Indigenous projects. SkillsIQ has released the 2018 Industry Skills Forecast for public consultation (click here). Read the AIHW report on Closing the Gap targets, and the McKinsey report on equality for women, and read the pros and cons of Universal Basic Incomes in our “By the Way” article.
24 APR 2018
Plotting the future of jobs; a great Indigenous business success story; and jobs growth still strong
Where will your job be in 2024? Positive analyses of the impact of skilled migrants; a 100% success story from the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation, and read 5 things learnt from Women in Leadership.
17 APR 2018
One million into work; new ParentsNext announcement; and ex-AFL player Nathan Djerrkura launches Indigenous training programme
Congratulations to all jobactive employment consultants and staff: you have helped get ONE MILLION job seekers into employment! All the hard-working staff in our sector can be proud of this impressive milestone. In this edition, the new ParentsNext providers are announced, good news for the Latrobe Valley, new DES providers gearing up and a range of training opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
9 APR 2018
Feedback sought on Integrated Carer Support Service; new resources for victims of family violence; and time to consider cyber security
Record The Department of Jobs and Small Business has commissioned research into Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment. See here. The Department of Social Services is seeking feedback from service providers on the regional delivery model for the Integrated Carer Support Service (ICSS). See here. In the news this week, new resources for victims of family violence in NSW and Victoria; read James White’s inspiring story about inclusion; and RMIT and CPA Australia have released a guide for not-for-profit mergers and acquisitions in the Human Services sector.
26 MAR 2018
Record jobs growth; Western Sydney’s first Indigenous jobs hub; DES Impact Statement released and new diversity website for WA
Record jobs growth; the first Indigenous jobs hub to open in Western Sydney; Regulatory Impact Statement released for the new DES arrangements and NCVER suggest a more localised approach to VET offerings. Also, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s NextGen in Business public lecture series is coming up, as is the WA CCI Conference on Facing up to the Future of Work.
19 MAR 2018
A boost to Qld’s homelessness sector, new carer funding announced, Indigenous ADF graduates, and opportunities for women in the sciences
Something for everyone in this week’s issue: job creation and expanding DES services (last chance to join the NESA DES Forum in Sydney), Qld’s homelessness sector receives a boost, strategies for advancing Indigenous and mature age job seekers, as well as opportunities for women in the sciences, new 457 visa measures, and advice from Bounce Australia on Integrity. Additional funding for carer services has been announced (click here). Also, read about Ben Roche’s inspirational return to work after serious injury.
13 MAR 2018
NAIDOC grants; stronger movements toward gender equality; job creation in remote Australia; and interview advice
NESA helps you with on-topic sector engagement: see “Upcoming Events”. In the news this week, the NAIDOC grant application kit and the OECD releases gender equity guidelines; job creation in remote communities and in Western Sydney; and inclusion the key to social cohesion. Also, don’t miss our “By The Way” article on how to answer that most horrible job interview question… sustainability
5 MAR 2018
The new DES panel; a new domestic violence report; re-engagement in the Latrobe Valley; and an Indigenous Productivity Commissioner on the horizon
New DES panel announced; a new report on family, domestic and sexual violence from the AIHW; Digital Content Development in the Northern Rivers; ICAC has tabled a report for the NSW public sector containing good advice on employee application screening; a new round of the Aboriginal Benefit Fund is open and positive employment outcomes in the Latrobe Valley. Also some professional advice on corporate sustainability
26 FEB 2018
New round of DES offers, NESA speaks out on the Future of Work and on Remote Employment, and job creation projects abound!
We’ve got a great edition for you this week, featuring NESA’s submissions on the Future of Work, and on Remote Employment; new data breach legislation raising the bar; a new round of DES offers announced; it’s raining job creation in Queensland, and are Western Australia’s economic woes all in the past? Also, congratulations to My Pathway for being honoured in gender equality listings.
19 FEB 2018
Closing the Gap and Indigenous Business Strategy; Innovative work models for people with disability; new Try Test & Learn applications open
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has tabled its 2018 Closing the Gap report, showing a net improvement since last year. The Indigenous Business Sector Strategy for the next decade has also been released, promising a “supercharged” approach. Curtin University has a report on innovative business models for people with disability. Applications are open for Try Test and Learn and there are more women in the workforce than ever.
12 FEB 2018
Closing the Gap 10 year report, Australia’s first refugee Park Ranger, and job hunting with social media
Indigenous Australians and new Australians are both in the spotlight in this edition. A ten year review of Closing the Gap offers advice for a reboot, and parliament presents its final report on Indigenous educational opportunities. Time to Work providers have been named, read FECCA’s report on Australia’s migrant intake, and Australia gets its first refugee park ranger.
6 FEB 2018
New IPP guidelines, the future of work and detoxing your team
The Future of Work and Workers is the topic of a current Senate Inquiry, NESA’s response is coming, and we’ve linked other submissions to date below. The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has released a new series of guidelines on the Indigenous Procurement Policy. Population experts ask “Where are all the jobs?” And you know that psychopath you have to manage? Maybe there’s a better way..
29 JAN 2018
NESA on Employment Services Expert Committee; Indigenous employment in the spotlight and might 2018 be a bumper year?
NESA CEO Sally Sinclair has been appointed to the Employment Services Expert Advisory Committee (see feature article below). Read about the contribution of migrants to Australian small business (article and report), as well as funding, qualifications and opportunities in Indigenous employment. And… have you ever been scammed? Phishing is on the rise! Our ‘By The Way’ segment has some timely advice…
22 JAN 2018
New Indigenous Procurement Strategy, Remote Employment Consultation paper announced, and girl-power in the Pilbara!
After a year of record jobs growth, PM&C has released a Consultation paper on Remote Employment, and the new Indigenous Procurement Strategy. This issue sees a flurry of reports relevant to the sector: casual employment, a national wage index, homelessness, mental health, Marsh Advantage’s 2018 Global Risk report as well as a host of inspiring employment-related stories. And don’t miss the By The Way feature on the Pilbara’s women truckies!
15 JAN 2018
Refreshing Closing the Gap, RSAS kicks off the New Year and upcoming employment hot spots for 2018
Get involved in revitalising the Closing the Gap initiative, read how 2018 promises wage growth, and get a positive take on technological change and the future of work. Check out the inspiring efforts of Yong Deng, Victorian Youth Achiever Award finalist, and read the Lowy Institute report on refugee employment initiatives.
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.