Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - October, 2012
The Federal Government has hailed the passage of legislation through Parliament that locks in equal pay increases for 150,000 social and community services (SACS) workers.
ABS releases labour force census data
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, showing that Australia’s total labour force of people aged 15 years and over consisted of 10,658,458 people as of August last year.
ABS releases occupation census data
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new census data outlining the nature of the country’s workforce.
Monash takes top employability honours
Monash University has been voted Australia’s best University from which to hire graduates for a second year running.
Abetz broadsides WHS legislation
Federal Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Senator Eric Abetz, has blasted the revised National Code on Bullying, saying it “takes the nanny state to the extreme”.
IT workers crave recognition
Information technology employees are increasingly demanding industry certificate training to help them secure their career progression, according to a new report released by recruitment firm, Ambition.
Sexual harassment rife as progress stalls
Sexual harassment rates in the workplace have reached an all time high, with progress in combating it stalling, according to a new report released by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).
WHS professionals in high demand finds Hays
Workplace Health and Safety specialists are enjoying a spike in labour demand, especially in the construction sector, according to international recruitment specialist Hays.
Obesity on the rise finds ABS
Despite dropping levels of smoking and dangerous drinking, Australians are increasingly more likely to be obese according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Fair Work agencies sign MoU
Fair Work Australia, the Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work Building and Construction have formalised their commitment to national productivity with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the issue.
Further study brings further rewards
Australians who complete postgraduate degrees can expect to earn double, or $3.2 million, over their working lives compared to people with a Year 11 level qualification, who can expect to earn $1.7 million, according to the latest AMP .NATSEM report.
Social media the next HR frontier
Integrating social media and mobile devices with human resources delivery is one of the emerging trends in the global HR sector, according to the latest findings from professional services firm Deloitte.
Government announces visa costs changes
The Federal Government has announced significant changes to the country’s visa pricing system as it shifts to a ‘user-pays’ system.
Oil and gas labour demand still strong
Demand for skilled labour in the oil and gas industries is continuing to show growth, according to Hays’ Oil and Gas Global Job Index.
SA secures WHS deal
The South Australian Government has welcomed the breaking of the political deadlock that will allow for the progression of the nationally harmonised Work Health and Safety legislation.
Confidence key to corporate success
New research released by the University of Melbourne has breathed life into the old saying “fake it until you make it”, suggesting that self-confidence is a key determinant of workplace success.
Government to roll out FWA recommendations
The Federal Government has announced it will implement the first tranche of recommendations arising from the independent Fair Work Act Review.
Work safety up, but we've got a way to go
Compensated injury fatalities are continuing to decrease, but more must be done to ensure the nation’s workplaces are the safest they can possibly be, according to a new report released by Safe Work Australia.
Government to establish leadership centre
The Federal Government has announced it will provide $12 million over four years for the establishment of a new Centre for Workplace Leadership, which it says will encourage the flourishing of higher performing, innovative workplaces in the country.
Tasmania announces skills fund
The Tasmanian Government is calling for applications from public and private training organisations for a ‘major skills program’ aimed at reducing the skills shortage and increasing the state’s productivity.
Government moves to protect Queensland public servants
The Federal Government has introduced amendments to the Fair Work Act in a bid to protect the entitlements of tens of thousands of Queensland public servants it says are threatened.