New Fair Work Ombudsman Appointed.

Sandra Parker has been appointed the new Fair Work Ombudsman and will replace Natalie James in the role on 15 July this year. RCSA has worked closely and effectively with Sandra in her most recent role as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Jobs and Small Business. We welcome her appointment and look forward to continuing to work with her in the new capacity. We would like to acknowledge the professionalism with which Natalie James approached the position. RCSA enjoyed a robust and productive relationship with both the Ombudsman and its office during her tenure and we wish her all the best for any future endeavors. We look forward to continuing to develop our positive relationship with

Changes to calculation of Payroll Tax in WA

The way businesses must calculate payroll tax will change in Western Australia as of 1 July this year. The changes see an introduction of a progressive scale for payroll tax, which operates in a similar way to the tax scales used to calculate personal income tax. Put simply, the higher the amount of taxable wages paid, the higher the rate of payroll tax is applied. The table below outlines the tax rates and tax scale caps: By Leigh Sampson, CFO Bayside Group and Chair of RCSA’s Tax and Finance Working Group The way businesses must calculate payroll tax will change in Western Australia as of 1 July this year. The changes see an introduction of a progressive scale for payroll tax, which oper

Why men need to embrace parental leave

The Grace Papers, an organisation dedicated to helping parents navigate the delicate balance between building a family and building a career, published a story in early June about why men need to embrace parental leave. The story revealed that while fathers have been entitled to paid parental leave for close to seven years, a study published in The Telegraph shows four in 10 men are reluctant to take it because of fears it will negatively impact their careers. In much the same way women have experienced this phenomenon for decades. “Recognising the impact of parental leave on careers and helping people to prepare for and overcome it is one of the reasons for Grace Papers’ existence,” the st

Creating a candidate-focused workforce

By guest columnist Becky Wilson, Editor, Recruitment International. In my role here at RI, I’m lucky enough to hear from recruiters all around the world about both the opportunities and challenges on the horizon for the industry. We’ve recently started discussing these global topics in our magazine, and one of the most popular was our biggest trends piece, where we asked recruiters to reveal what the next ‘big thing’ would be to impact the sector. Despite responses coming from across the globe, there were some common themes that almost everyone agreed on. Below are just a few that the industry should be aware of. Candidate attraction Recruiters need to ensure that candidates remain at the he

Recruitment industry “Grandfather” turns 90

This year V John Plummer, frequently referred to as the “grandfather” of the recruitment industry is celebrating his 90th birthday and managed to get together with some former colleagues in June to celebrate. While John was instrumental in helping set up an industry body and is well known for his readiness to be available to give advice and support to industry members, many of his former staff took the birthday celebration to confer a new title on him - pioneer for women. In 1966, four years before Germaine Greer began to hit the feminist trail, John wrote his plan for his newly acquired company Centacom Staff where he purposefully chose to employ and empower women as they “value more collab

Why your business needs a marketing growth manager

Recruitment marketing is not a new concept, but constant innovation means what was needed five years ago is different to what is required today. More and more agencies are adopting an inbound sales model to leverage social media, blogs and email campaigns to highlight their unique employee value proposition (EVP) and build talent communities. The inbound model also pays dividends with clients. Agencies like People2People, who appointed a digital marketing specialist in 2016, can attribute new business directly to the new technology they have adopted. Through a successful implementation of paid social media to promote video job advertisements, People2People are now ranking first in searches f

Lessons – shedding clients as a pathway to success

Three years ago, Craig Batchelor was feeling dissatisfied with where his successful business had taken him. He shares his lessons about stripping his business back and staying true to his values. When Craig Batchelor was trying to work out how to transform his business into something he and his staff would want to keep working in, he made a decision that had his accountants questioning his sanity. Batchelor, the MD of Edge Personnel and Arditi, made the courageous decision to part ways with two of his largest clients who, combined, accounted for some 60 per cent of his annual business revenue. Two years later, Batchelor insists it was one of the best decisions he ever made. “At the end of 20

Doing Corporate Social Responsibility Right

James Witcombe, winner of the 2018 RCSA Outstanding Contribution Award, talks to The Brief about why corporate social responsibility is more than handing over a cheque and why it’s important to ensure it’s the right fit to make a real difference. James Witcombe could easily be the poster boy for how to do Corporate Social Responsibility well. The Associate Director of SMAART Recruitment has been overseeing the organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program for the past few years and 18 months ago, committed the company to develop a long-term partnership which is already reaping rewards for those involved. SMAART’s informal partnership with Fitted For Work, a program designed to

The best in Australia’s recruitment and staffing industry: the winners of this year’s RCSA awards na

LAST night some of the brightest and most talented members of the recruitment and staffing industry were honoured at the annual Australian RCSA Industry Awards in Melbourne with a record attendance for the event. Guests were entertained by comedian and MC Dave Hughes, while also raising much-needed funds for RCSA’s charity partner, the Fitted for Work program, which assists women experiencing disadvantage to get back into the workforce. This year, RCSA received the highest nominations for the awards, but unfortunately the association could only place one winner in each category. The 2018 Recruiter of the Year Award went to Jane Lowney, Head of Engineering & Infrastructure Australia at Robert

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