RCSA welcomes new President Sinead Hourigan

Sinead Hourigan FRCSA was today elected the first female President of RCSA. Sinead was elected at RCSA’s AGM after Robert van Stokrom stood down from the position after four years as President. Mrs Hourigan said she was very humbled by the vote of confidence by her peers and has three key goals for the next 12 months, including: Increase engagement with RCSA’s regional members to ensure they have a stronger voice Develop strategies to harness and retain promising young talent within the sector Continue to enhance the profile and professionalism across the industry. “Regional employment is a major theme here in Queensland and is critical to the ongoing economic success of Australia as a whole

Peak industry body applauds today’s announcement to commit to shorter payment periods for contractor

A decision by the Australian Government mandating that all government departments pay small to medium business invoices for completed contract work within 20 calendar days has been applauded by Australia’s peak body for the recruitment and staffing industry. The changes apply to all contracts valued up to one million dollars and is a vast improvement on the current standard 30 day payment window offered by many government departments. Charles Cameron, CEO of RCSA, said today’s announcement demonstrates that the government understands the importance of cash flow for small business and, critically, its own role in promoting sustainable and responsible business practices. Pictured: RCSA Charles

Australia considers removing Recruitment Consultants from Skilled Occupation List

The Government is considering removing Recruitment Consultants from the skilled occupation list, which manages skilled migrant needs. These occupation lists are used for skilled migration to meet short and medium/long term needs for the Australian economy. This includes subclasses 457 temporary and 186 permanent visas. Recruitment consultants are currently on the (short term) STSOL allowing subclasses 457 visa applications for Recruitment Consultants for periods up to two years. The notion that the Australian Government may remove recruitment consultants from their Strategic Skilled Occupation List makes absolutely no sense and can be detrimental to the Australian economy, according to RCSA’

Recognising our great industry

I had the absolute pleasure of attending last night's Seek SARA Awards night, at the beautiful Ivy in Sydney, with some 300 industry peers. The atmosphere was full of excitement, and as Colin from Chandler Macleod commented, "it was quite refreshing to see many new faces in the crowd. It shows how the industry is growing." The awards recognised the best in the recruitment industry as judged by a panel of notable industry professionals, including RCSA President Robert van Stokrom, who earlier this week announced the end of his term as President after serving 10 years on the board. Robert was given a heartfelt recognition on the night for his contributions to the industry. The venue was adorne

Positive announcement on changes to 457 Visas from March 2018

Some positive news for those of you who have employees on 457 Visas prior to the changes in April this year and are wondering what arrangements will apply to their ability to access PR. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has confirmed this week that from March 2018: People who held, or had applied for, a subclass 457 visa on 18 April 2017 WILL be able to access certain existing provisions under the Temporary Residence Transition stream. Occupation requirements remain the same (i.e. there are no restrictions as long as the nominee continues to work in the same position for the same employer as approved for their subclass 457 visa); the age requirement will remain at less tha

Inquiry into Insecure Work in the ACT

Inquiry into the Extent, Nature and Consequence of Insecure Work in the ACT – Reporting date extended The ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs has extended its reporting date for the Inquiry into the Extent, Nature and Consequence of Insecure Work in the ACT to the last sitting day in February 2018 in order to thoroughly review the evidence received in the additional October public hearings. Transcripts of all hearings will be available at the following address once finalised For more info, please contact: Nicola Kosseck│Committee Secretary 02 620 50435 nicola.kosseck@parliament.act.gov.au

RCSA President proudly crosses the finish line after 10 years

Robert van Stokrom, RCSA Board member of 10 years, will step down as President at the AGM on November 24. But before he finds himself with more time to spend with his family and band mates while racing his BMW car, the proud board director offered some sage advice for the industry body and incoming president. Robert van Stokrom FRCSA pictured here racing his BMW race car on the weekend Robert joined RCSA’s board in 2003 and has served as President for the past four years. While Robert is best known in the recruitment sector, many don’t know he spent 23 years working for multi-national pharmaceutical companies before moving into recruitment. “I enjoyed the complex technical environment of pha

Triggers to review your superannuation

I was at a superannuation industry event a while back and one of my industry peers told me it was her personal crusade to make superannuation top of mind for each member of her fund. Gees, that's taking things seriously. I sometimes wonder how that's going for her. To me superannuation is like going to the dentist. I don't really enjoy thinking about and looking after my superannuation, but I sigh and acknowledge that it's better to give it some attention from time to time rather than waiting until I have pain to deal with. Armed with this less than inspiring vision I've worked out four triggers that cause me to call in for a superannuation checkup. Changing jobs. We are more mobile between

Visa application processing times

The bane of existence for anyone that deals with the Department of Immigration, is visa processing times. The Department now publishes (somewhat a little behind) processing times on their website. I have included a few of the more popular visas here as examples. You should also note that applications are processed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including: whether you have lodged a complete application, how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information, how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided, how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies,

Harmony or discord? Queensland introduces industrial manslaughter laws

On 12 October 2017, the Queensland parliament passed the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Qld) (Bill). The Bill introduces a new offence of industrial manslaughter, as well as making other changes to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld). The Bill comes in the wake of the Dreamworld tragedy in 2016, when four visitors died following a ride malfunction at the theme park. The Queensland Government commissioned the Best Practice Review of Work Health and Safety in Queensland (Review) in the wake of that and another, separate, incident involving the death of two workers at Eagle Farm racecourse. What do RCSA members (labour hire and workforce management age

New contract? Make sure you’re covered

We all love the thrill of growing our business and winning new contracts, but sometimes this excitement to ‘sign on the dotted line’ can lead to companies not fully understanding exactly what they are agreeing to. Naturally every supplier agreement comes with its own requirements for indemnity and insurance, and recruiters can often find themselves being asked to take on more than is reasonable and commercially equitable. Whilst you should always seek legal advice when entering into a new contract, an insurance review of your position and agreed upon obligations are just as important. In these cases, quite often your lawyers will ask you to seek confirmation from your insurance advisor of th

New Government heralds a period of change for NZ Employers

NZ’s employment sector is preparing for a period of change following the election of the Ardern Labour Government in October. NZ Labour campaigned on an agenda of change for the employment sector, including an increase in the minimum wage, the introduction of Fair Pay Agreements, changes to the 90-trial period for new workers and a commitment to paying the Living Wage to all workers in the core public service, extending it to contractors over time. It also committed to implement recommended changes to the Equal Pay Act to give all women in female-dominated workforces access to collective bargaining and courts to settle claims. The employment sector has expressed some concern around the impa

State by state: Licensing update from RCSA

State by State update on Licensing As many know, there are a number of States introducing or exploring broad-based licensing regimes for labour-hire and on-hire services in response to claims of worker exploitation by a small number of unethical operators in the sector. If and when changes occur, they will impact all operators in the sector. Under the proposals, Labour-hire and on-hire service operators will be required to subscribe to a licensing process as a condition of operating in the State or Territory in which the scheme applies. RCSA continues to engage with governments and inquiry processes to articulate the interests and concerns of the sector and to work to get the best possible

Time to “take out the garbage” (from standard form terms of business)

Recent ACCC prosecutions indicate it’s time to “take out the garbage” (from standard form terms of business) In September, I wrote in The H.R. & Recruiters’ Casebook that recruiters, who use standard form terms of business, needed to be aware that the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) had commenced court action to enforce the unfair terms in standard form small business contracts provisions, which were introduced into the Australian Consumer Law in November last year. ACCC v. JJ Richards & Sons One of the companies against which the ACCC took action recently is JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd, a large privately-owned waste management company (JJR & Sons). ACCC v JJ Richards &

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