Creating healthier and safer workplaces together

New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), is floating the idea of new products which may allow a company to link its ACC levies to individual workplace performance rather than against an industry average. ACC, who manages workplace accident claims, is proposing some new products to create safer and healthier workplaces and they want your feedback. The products being offered may affect ACC levies businesses pay so it is important businesses understand what the changes would mean for them if they are adopted. ACC is a government body with a remit to help prevent injuries in New Zealand workplaces through education and consultation, managing worker rehabilitation after a workplace

News In Brief: Australia and New Zealand, May 2018

Ajilon Australia becomes Modis The Ajilon organisation in Australia has re-branded as Modis, with the backing of the world’s leading HR solutions partner the Adecco Group. Combining global strength and scale with local expertise since 2006, Ajilon Australia has built and developed a strong reputation for delivering agile and intelligent end-to-end solutions for its customers, including professional staffing and consulting, project services, managed services, customised solutions and full IT outsourcing projects. Under the new Modis brand, the company will offer these same services the network of offices established by Ajilon in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The M

Pearls of wisdom to be found in mentoring program

A two hour commitment a month is all it takes to be able to pick up some very valuable industry learnings. Are you interested in being mentored? When Louise Roper committed to a 12 month mentoring program through RCSA, she wanted to expand her network, meet other recruiters and learn and grow as part of her personal development. Louise admits she also picked up plenty of pearls of wisdom, some fresh perspectives, insight into who she was as a recruiter and discovered a shared passion. “To hear the energy, enthusiasm and passion from my peer and mentor was amazing and we found we are both very passionate about our industry,” Louise explained. “My mentor's background was similar to mine and I

Why filling medical positions in remote areas is such a challenge

While most of us living in metropolitan areas enjoy easy and affordable access to health care, for many living in remote areas it is a luxury they can only dream of. We take a look at why it is so difficult to recruit for medical staff in remote areas of Australia and New Zealand. Australia has a medical problem. We have plenty of students graduating from universities with medical degrees – in theory enough to ensure the health and wellbeing of every Australian is well managed. However, theory and reality do not always make for a perfect match and for Australians living in remote and rural areas of our vast country, the struggle to find medical staff who are willing to live and work in areas

Breaking down the walls between jobseekers and recruiters

RCSA members Cox Purtell Staffing Services, Aspect Personnel, Beaumont People and SMAART Recruitment recently launched the Meet a Recruiter program. The first Meet A Recruiter event was held in May in Melbourne and organised by Aspect Personnel and SMAART Recruitment. The second event will be held in June in Sydney with Cox Purtell, Beaumont People and SMAART Recruitment facilitating. This will be held at JobAdders offices. The program provides 110 jobseekers the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a professional recruiter to provide some valuable tips and advice. At the event, jobseekers can sit down with an experienced recruiter for 20 minutes and discuss how to best position themselves fo

RCSA Industry Awards tickets being snapped up

As the names of the finalists of this year’s RCSA Industry Awards have just been announced, we chat with Hannah Mundell who was last year named Recruiter of the Year at the New Zealand Winter Ball. She tells us how she was nominated and why she believes the event is a must attend for industry participants. This week RCSA named the finalists for this year’s Industry Awards to be presented to winners at our Industry Awards Nights in Melbourne and Auckland. The Awards Night, while a valuable and important opportunity to recognise the outstanding work being done by professionals within the recruitment and staffing sector, is also a chance to network and have some fun. Hannah Mundell, a Senior Re

Why a career in recruitment can be more than one you ‘fall into’

I’ve run a recruitment agency for a decade and interviewed many consultants over that time. A question I regularly ask is: “so how did you get into recruitment?” Unfortunately, this is commonly met by an even more common response: “I just fell into it.” I want to point out that I see nothing wrong with starting your career in the recruitment industry without meaning to. Nor do I think it reflects your capability or contribution to our industry. I have met some amazing consultants who ended up joining an agency after interviewing with them as a candidate, or were in between jobs and were encouraged to try recruitment by a friend working in the industry. My concern with this comment about “fal

Why the recruitment sector needs to consider mental health issues in mining

A recent poll by Mining People International (MPi) revealed that mental health issues continue to plague staff working in the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining sector, which pose some significant repercussions for the recruitment sector. It is no secret that awareness is rapidly increasing about the impact of mental health issues on individuals and the organisations they work for and this is notably present in the FIFO workforce, many of whom are seduced by the promise of big money. To find out exactly what was going on and what the recruitment industry should or could do about it, Steve Heather (pictured), MD of MPi, recently ran a poll asking the simple question: How does the mining industry h

What we can learn from the latest viral recruitment campaign for New Zealand Police

The Brief chats to the team behind one of last year’s most successful recruitment campaigns, which was viewed by more than 1.2 million and shared over 20,000 times within the first 24 hours. Find out how they achieved it and the lessons they have learnt. It would be a fair call to say that New Zealand Police have achieved what many of us in the industry dream of – a recruitment campaign which was viewed more than 1.2 million times and shared 20,000 times in the first 24 hours post-launch. The campaign was produced by New Zealand advertising agency Ogilvy, led by Executive Creative Director Regan Grafton. Grafton spoke with The Brief and explained the brief the agency received from NZ police

Rogue Operators Can’t Stand the Heat

An industry leader known for dealing with fiery produce has praised a new platform for delivering that extra spice dodgy operators find too hot to handle. One of Australia’s largest chilli producers says it is sick and tired of rogue operators giving the agricultural and the labour hire industry a bad name, and it has decided enough is enough. Austchilli says the only way it can make a change is to encourage the use of a national directory list of who to work with and, perhaps more significantly, who to avoid. Austchilli Bundaberg Group Operations Manager Terry Lutteral applauded RCSA for developing StaffSure, a certification program developed with industries that use employment providers, g

Why you really should attend conferences

Attending a conference is a chance to get out of the office, spread your wings and take flight as you network, learn and build your brand. We look at some of the top benefits of attending an industry conference and why you should consider it. Professional development You can never know too much about your industry. Conferences present opportunities to hear from speakers who specialise in what they do and often have valuable information and insights to share. Want to know what your competitors are doing? What technologies and tools have come on to the market making it easier for you to do your job more efficiently? Who is in the market offering opportunities for collaboration? Are there trend

Notifiable Data Breaches and third party data holders

The Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme of the Privacy Act that came into effect in February 2018 requires entities to notify affected individuals and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) of certain data breaches. As a general rule, the NDB scheme applies to agencies and organisations with revenue over $3 million, and in certain cases, others such as those that have contractual arrangements with government. Despite the “small business exemption” in the Privacy Act, RCSA is taking the view that most Members will be covered because they trade in the supply of personal information – e.g. information about candidate suitability etc. There may be some exceptions. But rem

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