News | 21 September 2015

Submissions by interested parties can be made by email or by post, with a due date of 14 October 2015.  Additional information is available on the Review of Fair Work Amendment Act 2013 webpage.

News | 18 September 2015

Changes have been made to the Building Code 2013 requiring head contractors to have a comprehensive policy for managing drug and alcohol issues in the workplace which includes mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

The instrument to give effect to the changes to the Building Code 2013 commences on 16 October 2015.

Minister Abetz’s media release

A Fact Sheet about the changes is available on the Fair Work Building and Construction website.

A copy of the changes is available at the Comlaw website (see ‘Unincorporated Amendments’ tab).

News | 9 September 2015

The Indicator provides advance warnings of whether employment is likely to grow faster or slower than its long-term trend rate of growth and is produced by the Australian Government Department of Employment. 

The Department of Employment’s Monthly Leading Indicator of Employment (the Indicator) has fallen in September 2015, following six consecutive months of rises.

The September 2015 report is now available.

News | 8 September 2015

The Transition to Work Exposure Draft has been released. Please view the Employment Services Procurement Information page for further details.

News | 8 September 2015

Details of the organisations delivering jobactive are available:

To find out where the sites are for each jobactive provider, see the list of jobactive sites by employment region.

You can also search for organisations delivering jobactive through the provider search on the jobactive website.

Fact sheets with more information on jobactive - including the purchasing arrangements - are available at the jobactive page.

News | 4 September 2015

Workers faced with retrenchment now have access to a set of online resources to help them get back on their feet and into work as quickly as possible.

Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz launched the “What’s Next” website today and said it was important to support retrenched workers making the transition to new employment.

“Each year many Australians face the difficult situation of being retrenched from their job,” Senator Abetz said.

“The “What’s Next” website offers assistance and pulls together a range of information and self-help resources to identify a person’s skills and strengths to get them on a pathway to new employment as quickly as possible.”

“What’s Next” includes a link to Changing Lanes – which is a website developed specifically for automotive workers facing retrenchment. The site provides information about the range of support available to help them to transition to a new sector.

News | 30 July 2015

On 30 July 2015, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women and Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, launched the Supporting Working Parents website and online resources.

News | 30 July 2015

The data are obtained from the Department of Employment's Workplace Agreements Database.

You can view the report on the Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining page.

News | 20 July 2015

This unique project, which involved transcribing and indexing over 6,000 historical records, has assisted with the conservation, documentation and promotion of the local heritage of Carnamah, a farming community 320km north of Perth.

The hard work of these Work for the Dole “virtual volunteers” has resulted in a useful online resource which provides the community with access to a large number of searchable historical records including burial registers, electoral roles and biographical index cards.

Michael Kolomyjec, Divisional Manager of atWork Australia said “the project directly benefits the broader community by increasing accessibility of cultural heritage collections”.

“The project also gave our young job seekers a range of transferable work related skills and experience including communication in the workplace, confidence building, data entry and team work”.

News | 1 July 2015

jobactive helps job seekers to find and keep a job and helps employers find staff:

  • jobactive providers assist eligible job seekers to find and keep a job and ensure employers are receiving candidates that meet their business needs
  • Work for the Dole Coordinators source appropriate Work for the Dole places and projects with not-for-profit organisations
  • the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme supports job seekers to start up and run a viable small business
  • Harvest Labour Services and the National Harvest Labour Information Service support the harvest requirements of growers in the horticulture industry.

To find organisations delivering jobactive, visit the jobactive website.

News | 25 June 2015

On 24 June, Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey and Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker MP announced the creation of the Ambassador for Mature Age Employment and the appointment of Susan Ryan AO to the position. 

Ms Ryan, Australia’s current Age and Disability Commissioner, has been a strong advocate for mature aged job seekers throughout her career. As the Ambassador for Mature Age Employment, Ms Ryan will help drive greater awareness amongst employers of the business benefits of hiring older workers and help open new doors for job seekers.

The new Ambassador position builds on the Government’s incentive for employers and mature age job seekers through the $10,000 Restart Wage Subsidy.

Restart has helped over 1,600 mature aged job seekers to return to the workforce and reduced the costs of hiring for employers.

News | 18 June 2015

The Government is consulting with industry on identifying a list of low-skilled, seasonal occupations in the agricultural industry, and these will be published on the Seasonal Worker Programme website. 

Employers in the accommodation industry in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tropical North Queensland and Kangaroo Island can access the Seasonal Worker Programme. A final list of Seasonal Worker Programme eligible locations will be published on the Seasonal Worker Programme website.

The Australian Government also announced a trial of seasonal labour arrangements with other sectors of the tourism industry in Northern Australia. Further information about the trial will be released later in 2015.

White Paper on Developing Northern Australia

News | 10 June 2015

The Indicator provides advance warnings of whether employment is likely to grow faster or slower than its long-term trend rate of growth and is produced by the Australian Government Department of Employment.

The Indicator has risen for the fourth consecutive month in June 2015, implying a weakly confirmed trough occurred in February 2015. The growth rate of employment is likely to fluctuate around its long-term trend growth rate and may eventually rise above it.

The June 2015 report is now available.

News | 13 May 2015

The data are obtained from the Department of Employment’s Workplace Agreements Database.

You can view the report on the Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining page.

News | 12 May 2015

A key element of the Budget is a Growing Jobs and Small Business package. The package focuses on helping employers to create new jobs and assisting Australia’s unemployed, particularly young people, to access the skills and opportunities they need to become job-ready.

This package includes a number of new employment measures that focus on making job seekers more employable, reducing the costs of taking on new staff, and ensuring job seekers are meeting their obligations and actively looking for work.

To see the Portfolio Budget Statements and agency outcomes, visit our 2015-16 Budget page.

News | 6 May 2015

On Friday 1 May, Minister for Employment Eric Abetz and Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker unveiled the Work for the Dole Coordinators for each of the 51 employment regions.

Work for the Dole Coordinators will work with their local community groups and jobactive organisations to identify potential Work for the Dole activities for job seekers.

“Work for the Dole helps job seekers, especially young job seekers, to learn new skills and remain active and engaged in their local communities while they look for work,” Senator Abetz said.

Assistant Minister Hartsuyker announced the new coordinators at a launch event at the Hope Shop in Port Macquarie, a current Work for the Dole host. Senator Abetz revealed the Tasmanian coordinators separately at a local event.

“Over the past ten months there have been some terrific activities and projects conducted as part of the Work for the Dole pilot,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

News | 28 April 2015

Australian Jobs is a handy report for a range of users. It provides information about employment trends by location, age, industry and occupation. The 2015 edition is now available.

Australian Jobs helps people to understand where the jobs are and what employers look for when recruiting. The 2015 Australian Jobs publication provides information to support people at all stages of their working lives, whether they are looking for their first job, returning to the workforce or transitioning between sectors.

It highlights the changes in the Australian labour market, noting that large numbers of new jobs are expected to be created over the next five years and providing a guide to where the largest numbers of new jobs are likely to be.

This year’s publication also explores the Australian labour market by age, with a focus on young (15 to 24 years) and mature age (aged 45 years or older) workers.

News | 23 April 2015

On 13 March 2015 the Department of Employment lodged its submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of the workplace relations framework. The submission provides the Productivity Commission with data and information on enterprise agreements and modern awards, methods of pay setting, and legislation to change the Fair Work Act 2009 that is currently before the Parliament.

The Department’s submission is now available on this website.

The Government committed to the Productivity Commission review prior to the 2013 election and commissioned the review on 19 December 2014. The terms of reference for the review require the Productivity Commission to assess the performance of the workplace relations framework and make recommendations about how the laws can be improved to maximise outcomes for Australian employers, employees and the economy.

News | 23 April 2015

The Fair Work Commission’s 2014-15 annual wage review is currently in progress. Through the review process, the Expert Panel for annual wage reviews will set the national minimum wage. The Panel can also choose to vary wage rates across the various classifications in one or more modern awards. The Panel is expected to hand down its decision in June 2015.

News | 31 March 2015

The Generation Success website has launched new resources to support young people starting out in the workforce.

The new fact sheets include information on:

  • Settling into your new workplace
  • Knowing your workplace rights and responsibilities
  • Planning your career
  • Moving on

These fact sheets include checklists, helpful tips and useful links to support and empower young workers.

You can access these fact sheets on our Young Worker page.

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For more information on Generation Success, visit our Generation Success website.

News | 25 March 2015

This Act covers injured Australian Government workers and employees of private corporations that hold a licence under the Act.

More information about the changes proposed in the Bill is available.   

News | 18 March 2015

The project is funded by the Department of Employment in response to Australia’s gender equality scorecard results released by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in November 2014. The report notes that while some 48 per cent of employers have policies on flexible work, only about 13 per cent have a strategy for ensuring these policies are used by employees who want to access them. Further, over half of organisations have a standalone gender equality policy but only 7.1 per cent have a gender equality strategy.

The project will see the Centre assist organisations with existing gender equality policies to develop a strategy for the organisation’s leaders to promote and achieve gender equality in the workplace.

News | 17 March 2015

Existing Contractors within the SWP will remain until the expiration of their deed of Agreement with the Department.