Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - December, 2013
Over a million Australian students, young jobseekers, carers and young people with a disability will see a small increase to their Centrelink payments from next year.
Talks planned to ease axing in NT
Discussions are planned which may yield a deal for the future of the town of Nhulunbuy, which will have its economy decimated when a nearby Rio Tinto refinery is closed.
Cuts crush needed services for neat gains
Schemes encouraging regional social cohesion and providing indigenous legal aid have been cut to save funds, as the Federal Government grapples with a worsening budgetary situation.
East Timor to raise stakes in spying claim
East Timor will take allegations of Australian spying to the International Court of Justice, accusing espionage around the negotiations for a lucrative oil and gas treaty in 2004.
Graduates' year spared with AusAID reshuffle
About forty young graduates had their public service careers ended before they could begin, but now may get another start.
Known faces switch in big wig re-jig
There has been some executive musical chairs among prominent government-linked advisors this week.
Plan shoved ahead to fight ailing employment
The Federal Government has bumped forward a program in response to the high unemployment rate in Tasmania.
Survey finds QLD Gov staff about half happy
Queensland public servants are feeling the sting of a thousand cuts, with a recent survey finding more than a third believe their workplace is less efficient following the year of downsizing.
Budget brings grey future for green farmers
This week’s Federal Government Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) indicates changes on the way for several agricultural schemes and funds but not a lot of detail on what, if anything, will replace them.
Million dollar hosing after Newcastle spill
An oil spill in the Newcastle Harbour has cost one company over a million dollars.
Tests to help victims of snore war
Many will be intimately aware of the compounding effect of a snorer sleeping on their back, but researchers in Adelaide are conducting trials of a new pillow that could silence the annoyance.
Asylum seeker health group cut down to one
All but one of the medical professionals advising on the health and well-being of asylum seekers have been sacked, following a purge that could leave thousands at risk.
Brief breaks from binge for a less destructive holiday
A well-timed report has made a few suggestions to minimise the damage from excess mirth and merry-making this Christmas, unfortunately they involve something other than the couch and leftover turkey.
Doctors caught short by quick shift to 'contemporary' pay
Thousands of Queensland doctors have been angered by changes in their employment conditions, after doctors at public hospitals were moved to individual contracts rather than collective bargaining.
Fiddly internet language found out for $2 million fine
The tricky wording of one internet company’s advertisements has come back to bite them, and will take a bigger chunk than originally thought.
Papers show ANZ wouldn't kill faux-golden goose
Court documents have shown the bank now embroiled in the largest class action in Australian history could have seen it coming.
DHS cuts require clear view from at least three offices
A local report has accused Centrelink’s national boss of racking up excess costs, while the department sacks hundreds of workers.
Stats show slippage on equality drive
Statistics show one bureaucratic base is a fair way from hitting its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment targets, and may be filling low-level jobs just to boost numbers.
Researchers join fight for midwives
University of Queensland researchers have stood in opposition to the reduction of services for pregnant women, supporting nurses in a rally at a Brisbane hospital.
Stats stacked to break belief in lefties
David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Abraham Lincoln and Leonardo da Vinci would not have been any less talented if they had been born right-handed, according to new research from two Australian universities.
Survey shows range of reasons to keep kids from jail
A new study has shown the compounding risks for young people in trouble with the law.