Exclusive The Pokémon Go craze that is sweeping the world has hit Australian workplaces, with a major logistics company issuing an all-sites warning for its employees not to play the game due to risks to health and safety. Qube Logistics, which provides services covering road and rail transport and warehousing, advised staff in a national ...more
Australia is the biggest automation user in the world, a leading robotics engineer has argued. But while such automation is having enormous productivity benefits it is also threatening to increase income inequality and “decimate” regional areas. University of Sydney mechatronic engineering Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte spoke to the ALERA conference on Friday (May 27) to point ...more
The Federal Government is framing its workplace relations election policy around the “future of work”, declaring the current system is “stuck in the past” and has not kept up with fundamentally different ways of doing business as represented by disruptors such as Uber and Airtasker. However, it has stressed that any reforms “cannot compromise” Australia’s ...more
Despite the research around mentoring as a succession planning tool (HRR533), fewer than one in four employees think it will improve their skills, Kelly Group research has found. The international survey of more than 120,000 people, including over 5,500 Australians, examined employee preferences for skill acquisition and development. Australian respondents led the pack with 64% ...more
The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) has released its 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy. It says Australia’s workforce will grow by 3.5 million people by 2025, with better skills and productivity key factors in maintaining economic growth. The strategy relies on modelling based on several factors, including “labour force, industrial and workplace trends”. It ...more
The 11th annual Workforce Conference will be held on November 16 at the Westin in Melbourne. Confirmed speakers include WR minister Bill Shorten, Fair Work Australia Vice President Graeme Watson, ACTU President Ged Kearney, CFMEU (construction) national secretary Dave Noonan and many more.