Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - August, 2014
Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz has used a speech to a large workforce and labour conference to outline the LNP’s plans for reform.
Deadly spread tracked back to healer
The 2014 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been traced to a single infection that started a chain of human-human transmission, and experts say it will not stop soon.
Power play to fix pay in WA
A strike at a big power plant has been extended, putting supplies at risk across Western Australia.
Sight seen as centre for Northern revolution
An architecture and design firm has put out plans for massive development in Australia's north, in a town where crocodiles outnumber humans 1,000 to one.
Chocolate dollars could be withheld
The Federal Government has threatened to withdraw Cadbury’s $16 million grant, after it was revealed that the company did not explain what it would do with the money.
Pay hit to bring 457's for less
The Federal Government is planning to let regional businesses pay foreign workers differently to locals.
Warnings over local love for shaky loans
Australian lenders are enthusiastically selling the same mortgage deals that drove the United States to economic ruin.
Bungles, leaks and lack of knowledge hurt data plans
Two stories this week suggest federal public servants may want brush up on their tech skills.
Commission catching poisonous public transport
A noxious club culture allowed a “toxic cell” of high-level staff at Public Transport Victoria (PTV) to thrive.
Minister keeps backing backward carnival of hate
A motion has been moved in the Senate calling on all MPs not to attend the World Congress of Families.
Open sharing deal across closing borders
The governments of the USA and Australia have agreed to share visa and immigration information, as a new level of local counter-terrorism is launched as well.
Tasmanian public hiring maligned
Tasmania's Auditor-General has poked some holes in rules around the hiring and firing of the state’s public servants.
Fibre, copper, phones and figures costed for NBN
A cost-benefit analysis of National Broadband Network (NBN) plans has shown the Coalition model could deliver nine times the benefits Labor’s would have.
Cheap homes built to better local minds
An Australian university-run project has seen teams of young engineers design and build houses for rural Cambodian communities.
Huge hiring heralds progress at Carmichael
Indian mining firm Adani is looking to hire 5,000 workers for the Carmichael coal project in Queensland.
Jail time docks at ferry bosses' door
The former boss of Sydney Ferries has been jailed for using his work credit card to splurge on cars, holidays and renovations.
Safety sector puts out call for more
Safe Work Australia will launch Safe Work month with a free online event for those with an interest in the OHS industry.
Australians boost Ebola backing to protect African interests
Australian firms operating in West Africa a preparing for the threat of Ebola outbreak, as the Federal Government pledges more money to fight the growing plague.
Fight to condemn phoenix to ashes
Regulators say they are cracking down on ‘phoenix’ activity and dodgy pay arrangements in the construction sector.
FIFO suicide rate brings state inquiry
The Western Australian Government has announced an inquiry into suicides among fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers.
Public work pays with longer life
Public sector workers live longer than most other Australian workers, recent stats show.