Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - November, 2013
Companies save money on acquisitions for each female board member doing the buying, a new study says.
Office model to take the heat off commercial bills
A new system developed by University of Adelaide engineers can model and predict temperatures within a building, promising significant reductions in commercial energy use.
Study seeks to unpick conflicts, cut to core of land issues
A new project has been launched to find out exactly how the values of people in rural areas are affected by land use conflicts caused by CSG drilling, wind farms, irrigation and agriculture.
Unions look for careful planning in visa reform
The Australian Council of Trade Unions has proposed a re-assessment of certain visa rules, in an effort to help the very youngest members of the workforce.
Noise complaints favoured, but could create congestion
Governments are too willing to put residents’ complaints ahead of industry access to roads, rail and ports - Michael Kilgariff says.
Paid parental change hands the bag to Centrelink
Legislation has been put before the House of Representatives which is intended to make it easier for business to work within the paid parental leave scheme.
Training awards for super skills outside schools
An event over the weekend showed the high level of training and skilled students coming out of Australian institutions.
Exam results held back in Uni bargain dance
An enterprise bargaining stand-off at the University of Adelaide may hold up results for students, after little progress has been made from months of talks.
Study says don't neglect the beating heart in design
A survey has shown that engineering students should be more aware of the public and social welfare issues in their projects, or risk focusing too much on the technical and not enough on the human element.
Watchdog wants new tag, bigger teeth
Tasmania's Integrity Commission wants to take on certain police powers to enhance its corruption investigations.
Claims of impending cuts; an excuse for no attrition
The Federal Government has accused the former Labor-led government of planning to cut thousands of public service jobs, without telling the public or making budgetary allowances for redundancies.
Study shows special role for general care
New research says non-specialist health workers play a big role in improving many areas of health for developing nations.
Australia's relief efforts lifted
In the wake of the Typhoon Haiyan crisis in the Philippines, the efforts of transport, logistics and emergency management crews are keeping people alive.
Jobs lost as mine slowing flows to supplier's pockets
Hundreds have lost their jobs as prominent mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar continues to feel the strain of a not-quite-booming resources sector.
Australian ads claim lead in race for digital dollars
Australia leads its part of the world in the new age of advertising, taking on digital marketing techniques faster than any of its neighbours.
Deal reached after Yallourn year of dispute
An industrial dispute lasting more than a year of back-and-forth is over, with workers at the Yallourn power station in the Latrobe Valley accepting a final wage agreement.
Inspectors told to pay out for bursting implant breaches
A French court has ruled a German company must pay compensation to women whose breast implants ruptured.
Strong support shown for NT teachers, more strikes to come
Nearly thirty schools were closed as over 1,800 teachers went on strike in the Northern Territory this week – and they say the industrial action will continue.
Locals welcome push to the bush
The Queensland Government’s new plan could see thousands of residents heading for the bush, and all the social and lifestyle improvements it holds.
Senator speaks on fighting the racial divide
The maiden speech of Australia's first Indigenous woman in Federal Parliament could be the start of a new era in the political and social treatment of the country’s original inhabitants.
Agriculture cuts could leave doors open to disease
With exports on the rise and a huge government focus on infrastructure and transport, it would stand to reason that securing borders from invasive diseases and destructive life-forms has become more important than ever – but regardless, the Federal Department of Agriculture is looking to shed over 200 biosecurity staff.