Aged-care industry aims to attract workers with job security and personal satisfaction. It is an industry crying out for employees to fill growing demand, but Australians must first change the way they think about it, an aged care educator says.
Key points: The aged care sector will need 1 million extra workers by 2050, which is a quadrupling of the current workforceLow pay has been one of the major challenges to attracting people to work in aged careAged care educator Tracey Newcombe said people need to stop thinking about ageing as a period of decline and disability The aged care sector is in the midst of a skills shortage and a damning royal commission showing weak regulation and poor wages, but attracting the workforce in the first place remains a major challenge.
"It's a lot more than assisting old people to have a shower or get dressed," said TAFE NSW aged care teacher Tracey Newcombe. "The fact you can make such a difference to people is what most of us find the most rewarding thing. " Finding his calling with aged care "I think I chose the right thing to do. " Key points: Brisbane man Joel Hunter is forging a career as an armourer. When Brisbane man Joel Hunter finished school a few years back, he had plenty of pathways to choose from.
"I could go down the university pathway, that was all set up for me," the 20-year-old told ABC Radio Brisbane. "But I said, 'You know what? I'm going to see if I can take this passion and turn it into something.'" That passion was medieval history, and Joel has been hard at work forging a career as an armourer, sculping reproductions of historic pieces that knights wore hundreds of years ago. "When I was a kid, you'd see knights and you'd see armour and you're like, 'That's so cool, I wish I could swing a sword,'" Joel said.
"But as I got older, I guess it's that journey of discovering how people lived back then, and the techniques and challenges that they faced back then. " But unlike university or a trade, there is no apprenticeship if you want to learn this ancient craft. "Watching what they do and emulating that skill. Postgraduate enrolments soar as jobseekers wait out competitive market at university. Australians are enrolling in postgraduate university courses in numbers tipped to reach record highs.
Key points: Postgraduate enrolments at universities nationwide have spiked by as much as 26 per centOne graduate took on extra study after failing to land a jobHigher numbers are expected to remain steady as the job market recovers from the recession Max Kaplan hadn't had any luck landing a job after completing his engineering degree at the University of New South Wales. Working more doesn't always mean more output, according to these researchers. In many ways, working too much was not a bad problem to have in 2020, when you consider the 1 million Australians who were out of work.
Why eliminating start and finish times is the next workplace revolution - ABC News. When one of her employees called to say she would be late for work because her clothes were wet from sleeping in a park, Donna Stolzenberg knew something had to change.
The CEO of National Homeless Collective and founder of Melbourne op shop The Kala Space decided then and there that if she were to truly help homeless women get back on their feet, she would have to implement some big adjustments in the workplace. So she ended up doing something radical: she erased all start and stop times for the women working in the Kala Space. "When this woman explained to me she would have to go to a laundromat first to dry and clean her clothes before she could come into work, it made me think: what are the main barriers facing women in precarious circumstances to getting ongoing employment?
" Stolzenberg says. So Stolzenberg changed the expectations. "I said to them, just come and work when you can," Stolzenberg said. Tradies train up for emergency surgery on Australia's Antarctic team - ABC News. Picture this: You're seriously injured at one of Australia's Antarctic research stations, but the station doctor's out of commission.
You're 2,000 kilometres from the nearest hospital. Who would you pick to perform surgery on you: the station's chef, carpenter or boilermaker? Steering unemployed young people into caring careers might just pay off - ABC News. Beaches, barbecues, cricket and ... industrial relations.
The parliamentary year ended with a heated and unresolved argument over workplace changes that will continue through the summer months for those who are bothered to put down their beer and pay any attention to it. Workplace law isn't often a barbecue-stopping conversation, but Anthony Albanese will be trying to keep as many voters as possible tuned in.
The penalty rates of frontline workers, he contends, are in grave danger. WA nurse branches into snail farming as a career change - ABC News. Jane Goff was looking for a change when she came across the idea of snail farming.
Key points: Capel resident Jane Goff is setting up a snail farming operationSnails will be grown in vertical rows inside greenhousesMs Goff plans to export around 2 million snails per year. A majority of Australians would welcome a universal basic income, survey finds - ABC News. Nearly two-thirds of Australians say they would support the introduction of a universal basic income (UBI), according to a new poll.
Key points: 58 per cent of Australians support a universal basic incomeThe COVID lockdowns may have increased sympathy for UBI A large number of Australians would spend more time with family and friends, and doing physical activities, if they received UBI The finding comes after millions of Australians were forced to rely on some kind of regular welfare payment this year to survive the COVID recession. ANU propose axing several School of Art courses in light of funding shortfall exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic - ABC News. Broni Sargeson is one of just a handful of students studying glass-blowing in Australia — a craft honed over years of hard work, and taught by just a few art schools across the country.
But she is worried her work, and the expertise the School of Art at the Australian National University (ANU) has built a reputation on, is under threat. Last month, the ANU released its 'Managing Change' proposal, announcing funding cuts to the School of Art would be necessary. These proposed funding cuts would see courses in furniture-making, jewellery and objects axed. For Ms Sergeson, the news has been hard to take.
"Each part of this school is important to me and to the community," Ms Sergeson said. "Sacrificing any element or any staff or anything is putting that at risk. " Lake Cargelligo teenagers on harvest leave bring in grain crop amid COVID-19 worker shortage - ABC News. At just 14 years old, Reagan Golding is handling harvest like a seasoned farmer. Key points: Reagan and brother Joel, 16, are helping their family with harvest by driving machineryWork experience was cancelled due to COVID-19 so they are on harvest leave insteadIt's the best season in 15 years for the Lake Cargelligo family She is charged with driving the tractor and chaser bin to collect the harvested grain at her family's farm at Lake Cargelligo in the NSW Central West.
Reagan's older brother, Joel, 16, is chief header driver and is stripping the grain from the crops. A perk of driving the header is the air-conditioning, especially when it is more than 40 degrees Celsius in the paddock. Northern NSW job ads rise, but businesses concerned over high post-COVID unemployment - ABC News. Mechanic Kevin Flew has been trying all year to fill a vacancy at his automotive workshop in northern New South Wales, but has been unable to find anyone prepared to do the job. Key points: North Coast job advertisements are up by a third compared with last OctoberUnemployment rates in the region are up compared with pre-COVID averagesDemand for staff could result in better wages and conditions in some industries "The money that they are getting offered up in this area particularly isn't what they want to be paid, so they would rather do no work or just pick up some piecemeal work in another industry," Mr Flew said.
Mr Flew's experience is just one piece of a complex puzzle evolving as the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic appears to ease. In the north coast region, stretching from Taree to the Queensland border, job vacancy ads for the month of October are up by a third compared with the same period last year.
Australian corporations moving to 'hybrid' models that let workers split time between office and home - ABC News. Major companies are working on so-called hybrid models that let corporate workers split their time between the home and office, as Australians start heading back to work in the new year. Key points: The hybrid model lets employees mix working from home with office workWestpac and Medibank are among those moving towards it after COVID-19The long-term shift could impact millions of Australian office workers In a memo to staff, Westpac told all of its workers this month that it was working towards this model, even after a vaccine is widely available.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions to work from home — and the office will never be the same - ABC News. Hours of video-conferencing, long queues at suburban coffee shops and packed lunchtime bike paths; for millions of Australia's workers, 2020 has been very different. Key points: Workers are slowly returning to the office after months of working from homeThe change has prompted some businesses to structure their work days differently, including by imposing forced breaks away from the computerWorking from home is likely to continue for some businesses when the pandemic is over People who toil in offices at computers but can do their work remotely — about 40 per cent of the workforce — were sent home in March to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Many will stay there permanently. Coronavirus has cost jobs — but there's a silver lining for those looking to change careers - ABC News. Food has been a mainstay in Jessica Nguyen's life, but she never thought it would be her career. Key points: Australians are using coronavirus as an opportunity to pursue career changesWhile hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs, some have decided to reskillTAFE has recorded a surge in enrolments in certain health-related fields More than eight months into the pandemic, her home cooking is paying the bills. With a decade of experience in public relations and marketing, the Melbourne woman worked with some of Australia's most recognisable beauty brands, enjoying what she described as a "comfortable" life. But, like thousands of Australians, she was unexpectedly made redundant at the beginning of March, and joined the ranks of those who have decided to reskill. "The first lockdown was pretty much imminent, so I was just trying to find another marketing or PR job," Ms Nguyen said.
Why Australia isn't aiming for 'full employment' anymore - ABC News. Gig economy under the microscope as former Deliveroo driver takes company to Fair Work Commission for unfair dismissal - ABC News. The debate over whether food delivery drivers deserve employee rights has once again entered the courts with a former Deliveroo driver taking the company to the Fair Work Commission to argue he was unfairly dismissed. The case is the first of its kind in Australia against Deliveroo and could see a judge rule that a Deliveroo delivery driver is an employee, rather than a contractor. Being monitored by your boss while working from home — necessary trade-off or 'stupid' surveillance? - ABC News. Humanities degrees set to double in price as Senate passes higher education bill - ABC News.
The Senate has passed contentious laws that will dramatically increase the cost of some university degrees, while cutting the cost of others. Job ready university degrees may not be the tertiary education solution we are hoping for - ABC News. The daily grind led to a four-day week and a new approach to work-life balance - ABC News. Basketball champion and Indigenous mentor Patty Mills has found 'a way to live with impact and purpose' - ABC News. Dark kitchens (or cloud kitchens) on track for a bright future in a post-coronavirus world - ABC News. Federal Government spending $5 billion per year on consultants as gig economy grows inside public service - ABC News. Remote work could finally end the unfair career bias felt by professionals living in the country - ABC News. Some jobs lost forever as coronavirus pandemic accelerates structural change - ABC News. Coronavirus recession, not robots, set to take jobs from future workforce - ABC News.
'Slow death' of ATAR as school leavers head for jobs 'cliff' - ABC News. Salvation Army workshop restores more than just abandoned bikes - ABC News. Coronavirus has meant a massive boom in telehealth — one Australian start-up was ready - ABC News. Untitled. Will the coronavirus crisis toughen up millennials or simply scar them? - ABC News. Cashed-up university sector accused of hypocrisy over mass casualisation of workforce, job losses - ABC News. Keeping the focus on Australian manufacturing after coronavirus - ABC News. Facial recognition technology prevents crime, but at what cost to human rights and privacy? - ABC News. Labor MP Anika Wells says coronavirus restrictions have shown need for workplace flexibility - ABC News.
Zaynn Bird built a burger empire with little savings or experience – and dad as delivery guy - ABC News. How futurists think we will be working after the coronavirus pandemic is over. Posted about 3 hours agoSun 19 Apr 2020, 1:09am The speed with which the world of work has changed since the introduction of coronavirus restrictions has been breathtaking, even for futurists whose job it is to anticipate developments ahead of the pack.
Key points: Coronavirus shifts consumer behaviour and helps some businesses boom. Updated about 3 hours agoSun 5 Apr 2020, 10:10pm Social distancing measures and shutdowns introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic have forced everyone to rethink their everyday interactions. Coronanomics: Eight things we've learnt about how coronavirus will change the economy. Opinion. Adelaide women develop mobile game tackling domestic violence, teaching family and friends how they can help. Posted about an hour agoThu 12 Mar 2020, 9:15pm New games being developed in Adelaide are tackling the impact of domestic violence and teaching friends and family how they can help. Hands-on children's exhibit explores the power of role-playing fire and rescue.
Posted about an hour agoSun 26 Jan 2020, 12:55am As fire engines and emergency vehicles flood our streets chasing emergencies from state to state, children are often left feeling powerless and unsure of what to do. Role-playing scenarios, where children create their own action, enables them to learn more about the world around them, through play. Emergency, Emergency! Is an experience designed by researchers at Early Start based at University of Wollongong (UOW) that gives children the chance to play emergency rescue services such as fire and safety, police, SES, and ambulance services, which are featuring more prominently in our children's lives, especially with recent bushfire events.
Brisbane couple spends a decade aboard super yachts serving the world's richest. Posted 39 minutes agoFri 24 Jan 2020, 10:54pm For more than 10 years, Dan and Jessica Rutyna have been working aboard yachts, serving the rich and famous holidaying in some of the world's most exotic places. They visited parts of the world usually off-limits to the average person, with their first gig being aboard a 37-metre superyacht based on the US east coast. But it was not all cocktails and canapes at sunset, the Queensland couple admitted. I haven't even started teaching yet, but it's already cost me $700 — and I'm not alone.
The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills. A life of long weekends is alluring, but the shorter working day may be more practical. Meet Australian jockey Zac Purton and the Aussies racing to riches in Hong Kong. When Sarah's business idea earned her $12,000 a month, she quit being a scientist. An eight-year-old made $32 million on YouTube, but this is what most social media influencers are paid. Australia's outdated official job list leaves students, businesses in limbo trying to get visas - Politics. Brodie 'Youngbloods' Moss quit his job as an electrician to become a full-time YouTuber. University debt and years without a steady income, so is it worth it? Entrepreneurs push for schools to provide better job-skills preparation. Australian employment opportunities misaligned with job seekers' needs, study warns. World-first mango harvesting robot to take the grunt work out of fruit picking - ABC Rural - ABC News.
Teaching students are being employed in the classroom rather than heading to university. Royal Flying Doctor Service trains next generation pilots with drones. Outback gamer Ashley Powell overcomes web woes to become one of Overwatch's biggest athletes. Latrobe Valley optimistic two years after Hazelwood power station closure, but coal attachment remains. Norforce, the outback army unit using Indigenous soldiers to detect foreign threats. More women weaving careers in traditionally male-dominated wool industry. Choosing a career? These jobs won't go out of style. Australian-first program to help struggling artists find a steady income. The young farmers revitalising a small rural town with enthusiasm, love and babies - ABC Rural - ABC News. Prospects for young jobseekers in tree-change country not all bad despite fears of exodus - Curious Central West.
BOM forecaster Mike Bergin retires after 49 'magnificent' years. Stroke victim's 'steely resolve' inspires 50-year-old husband to make a career change. Enterprise bargaining faces extinction and it could lower your wages, warns think tank. London calling for Australian teen fashion designer Connor O'Grady. Dinosaur history shapes future of drought-ravaged Eromanga. Skills to learn for the future of work, according to WEF — Quartz at Work. A robot didn't take Ibrahim's job, but it did fire him - RN. Jiemba Sands says he's 'blown away' by the success of his viral acrobatic videos - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Want to make a career out of doing what you love? Five artists share their secrets.
The story of Queenie Chan, a manga artist crushing sexism and stereotypes - RN. Law Council of Australia raises concerns about uberisation of profession by technology. Blow to Cadbury workforce as humans lose out to robots in pursuit of 'significant efficiencies' Tasmanian college aiming to fill gap in aged care workers as staffing crisis looms. Farm education investment in hope of future bumper crop of agricultural innovators. The beauty industry is booming, but is it fuelled by Instagram — or LinkedIn? - RN.
Tasmania's hospitality and retail jobs most vulnerable to automation. Tasmania's nature tourism numbers jump to 1.4m in 2017-18. Amazon's Australian arrival could lead to retail jobs 'Armageddon' Garma: Recipe for broadcasting from remote Arnhem Land? Flexibility, ingenuity and a great playlist - Television - ABC News. Fourth generation citrus farmer uses new tricks, takes risks to become sweet success. Eureka Prizes 2018: Five awesome winning innovations from Australian researchers - Science News - ABC News. Recycling thieves threaten Down Syndrome NT's trash to employment scheme for the disabled. 'Miraculous' feather transplant saves tawny frogmouth found tangled in barbed wire. Joshua Smith is turning our decaying streetscapes into hyper-realistic miniature sculptures.
Musicians are beating the music-streaming blues by touring regions and playing intimate concerts. NAB workers latest to fall as automation transforms the economy. Crocodiles, jellyfish and tropical disease: Doctors flock to the NT for a taste of the wild. Global pilot shortage hits Australia, with cancelled regional routes just the beginning. A new study should be the final nail for open-plan offices. Australian jobs aren't becoming less secure. Menopause can be a silent career killer for older women, but it doesn't have to be. Male midwife breaks down gender barriers and says men need to bring their A-game every day. Bidding war begins as WA once again searches for workers to fuel a mining boom. Metronet Perth train project could be derailed by a national skills shortage of rail workers. Mining industry ramps up efforts to recruit school leavers amid skills shortage - ABC Rural - ABC News.