Workplace bullying scourge under Fair Work Act spotlight

By Paul Hemsley with Julian Bajkowski Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten has given notice to workplace bullies that he will legislate to have certain kinds of bad behaviour defined in the Fair Work Act in the after tough recommendations from Parliamentary Inquiry about how to control on-the-job aggressors. The proposed crackdown […]

Reigning in the recruitment process

By Kylie Dowell It’s essential that through our recruitment process we get it right every time. Many organisations have employed people based on great applications and performance at the interview, only to find in the first week into the position they can’t do what they said they could and often the employer either pays for […]

Stay alert for government jobs

Government industry jobs are now deliverable directly to inboxes for interested parties who subscribe to job alerts. Almost everyone is familiar with the concept of a Job Alert, where job seekers select criteria such as classification, work type, location, or salary, and have jobs matching those criteria emailed directly to them. The evolution of internet […]

Steps to attract the best procurement talent

By Craig Donaldson The complex economic environment in Australia and around the world will have a significant impact on public sector chief procurement officers (CPOs) in 2011. Cost management will always remain a central issue for CPOs in government, and the differing economic performance and development opportunities for each Australian state will also have challenging […]

Victoria boosts fire fighting resources

Deputy Premier and Minister for Bushfires Response, Peter Ryan, today announced an increase in the number of full time, permanent firefighters. An additional 123 firefighters will be put to work in fuel reduction activities. "We have increased the number of permanent fire-fighting staff throughout the state to ensure important work such as planned burning, slashing […]

Recruitment drive for child protection

Victorian Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge announced on Monday a $3.8 million package to recruit and retain frontline child protection staff. Ms Wooldridge said the funding package included a targeted online and print campaign, graduate courses for 90 practitioners in child and family practice and professional, one-on-one coaching for around 300 team leaders. Funding […]

ACT promotes itself to skilled workers

The ACT Government has planned a promotional program for the year, kicking off with two international campaigns. Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said it was important the program maintained the momentum gained in 2010 given the ACT's low unemployment rate and increasing demand for skills.   "With unemployment levels continuing at historic lows, the ACT must […]

Surge in hiring intentions

Government departments are well and truly out of caretaker mode and are preparing to increase staff levels, according to a new report by recruitment firm Hudson. The results of the latest Hudson Report found that ACT hiring intentions have rebounded strongly. The results of the Australia-wide survey of 4709 employers from the public and private […]

ACT employers report decline in hiring intentions

By Angela Dorizas Employment confidence in the government sector has seen a decline in hiring intentions, according to a new report released today by recruitment firm Hudson. The Hudson Report surveyed 4182 employers from across Australia on their employment expectations. It found that 26 per cent of employers in the ACT were planning to increase […]

Brumby to bring 100 government jobs to Bendigo

The Victorian Government has unveiled plans to bring 100 public sector jobs to Bendigo with the opening of a new call centre. Premier John Brumby said the creation of the new Bendigo-based government call centre was part of a broader strategy to drive economic growth in regional and rural Victoria through decentralisation of government jobs. “We have a […]


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