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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 | 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 | 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 | 25 February 2015

The Government has conducted a thorough consultation process with reporting organisations, employer representatives and gender equality advocates to identify how the current gender equality reporting framework can be streamlined while still meeting the policy objectives.

The Government will streamline reporting and remove the most onerous additional requirements that were due to be introduced from 1 April 2015.

The changes will take effect in the 2015–16 reporting year.

View media release here.

News | 20 January 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 | 10 December 2014

On 5 December 2014, the Minister for Employment, Senator Abetz acknowledged the Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (ACCI) achievement in increasing employment opportunities in the Pacific, through the Pacific Growth Employment Project. The Minister received a report on the Project from ACTU President Ged Kearney and ACCI Director of Employment, Education and Training Jenny Lambert.

Over the last two years, the project has increased employment opportunities in Papua New Guinea’s transport sector and Vanuatu’s tourism sector by drawing on the experience of Australian businesses to develop strategies that prepare youth for employment and create opportunities for the indigenous workforce. The project has also focused on skills development, with Australian standard training certificates now being provided in the transport sector in PNG.

News | 28 November 2014

The Department will be conducting an information session for organisations interested in applying to the RAI as follows:

  • Title: Webinar – QAF Multi-use Auditor List Information Session
  • Date: Thursday 4 December 2014
  • Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm ADST

This information session will be a repeat of the information session conducted on 25 November 2014. The Department encourages all interested organisations to register to attend the information session.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

View the System Requirements necessary to participate.

News | 19 November 2014

The new Quality Assurance Framework forms part of the Employment Services Deed 2015 – 2020, commencing from 1 July 2015.

The Quality Assurance Framework comprises two key elements:

  • Quality Principles developed by the department against which an Employment Provider must provide evidence, to demonstrate the delivery of quality services to job seekers, employers and the department; and
  • Certification against one of the department approved Quality Standards, ISO 9001, the National Standards for Disability Services, the Employment Services Industry Standard or Investors in People.

The certification process will be undertaken by an accredited third party Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), selected by the Employment Provider, from the department’s Quality Assurance Framework Multi-use Auditor List (MuL). Further information, regarding CAB inclusion on the MuL is located in the RAI documentation.

News | 30 October 2014

The Quality Assurance Framework comprises two key elements:

  • Quality Principles developed by the department against which an Employment Provider must provide evidence, to demonstrate the delivery of quality services to job seekers, employers and the department; and
  • Certification against one of the department approved Quality Standards, ISO 9001, the National Standards for Disability Services, the Employment Services Industry Standard or Investors in People.

The certification process will be undertaken by an accredited third party Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), selected by the Employment Provider, from the department’s Multi-use List (MuL). This MuL will be established via a prequalified tender.

News | 29 October 2014

In 2013, the JSA Quality Standards Pilot was undertaken to enable providers and the department to work together to review the proposed Quality Assurance Framework.  

The evaluation of the Quality Standards Pilot is now available.

News | 22 October 2014

The Australian Government today announced improvements to modernise and streamline the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) and the Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme). These improvements follow a major review undertaken by the Department of Employment earlier this year. The improvements will commence from 1 January 2015.

The Government leverages its purchasing power to ensure that only builders that meet the Scheme’s high safety standards are able to contract for Commonwealth funded building and construction...

News | 16 September 2014

In July 2015 the Employment Services System (ESS) moves to the web.  The new system will be used by JSA and DES providers.

Register for the Employment Dashboard 2015 webinar to be hosted on Thursday, October 02, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM AEST

This webinar is different from the July 2015 Design Consultation (Workflows, menus etc).  The Dashboard Consultation will be focusing on what your exact role is within your organisation and what information is important to you to complete your job.

News | 12 September 2014

Ministers from across the G20 met together in Melbourne from 10–11 September 2014 for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

 Labour and employment ministers committed to take concrete actions to address the ongoing challenge of high youth unemployment, with around 75 million young people around the world unemployed. 

Creating jobs and boosting participation are some of the top priorities for Australia’s G20 presidency year, strongly tied with the G20’s goal of strengthening growth. The Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration includes policy priorities to prevent structural unemployment, create better jobs and boost participation across the G20. 

News | 9 September 2014

Senior employment officials from across the G20 met for the last time in 2014 to finalise the details for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting, from 10–11 September 2014  in Melbourne.

The taskforce has been working throughout the year to determine the best approaches to create better jobs, boost participation and prevent unemployment from becoming structural across the G20.

International organisations such as the International Labour Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank have informed the taskforce’s work, along with views from the G20’s official engagement groups representing sectors such as business, labour, civil society, youth and think tanks.

Each G20 member has been developing an Employment Plan that sets out the actions they will take to address their individual and common employment challenges.

News | 28 August 2014

Work for the Dole Coordinators in 18 selected areas across Australia have been announced following a tender process.

The Coordinators will be the first point of contact for organisations wishing to be involved in Work for the Dole and offer places to eligible job seekers.

Work for the Dole commenced in 18 selected areas across Australia from 1 July 2014. The programme will be phased in moving to a full national scheme from 1 July 2015.

A full list of the new Work for the Dole Coordinators and more information about the programme is available.

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