Newsletter: Budget Announcement, 457 Visa Changes and Award Pay Guide

Dear All,

It’s been another busy month in both the not-for-profit sector and HR world.  In the past month, we’ve had the budget announcement, major changes to the 457 visa program and a review of the Pay Guide for the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award.  All major changes to the sector, which we will explore more in this edition.  You can read the full version online here.

Along with the coverage of the Budget this month, the cost of living and housing prices have barely been off the front pages.  This week there was a headline that read, “You couldn’t pay me to move to Sydney”.  With house prices in Sydney increasing by almost 20% in the past 12 months, housing affordability won’t be, and should not be, out of the headlines anytime soon.  We will be watching closely to see how the Government’s budget proposals for housing can relieve some of the pressure that everyday Australians are experiencing.

On another note, I’m currently working with Australia’s older social enterprise, WorkVentures.  I don’t often showcase or talk about my clients but this amazing organisation is all about employment for marginalised Australians including indigenous, new migrants and of course, youth.  They are currently working with schools and other organisations to filter students into training and employment pathways.  These are often youth who do not fit into the uni mould. WorkVentures offers job ready skills through their Kick Start Academy, workplacement traineeships and up to Cert IV qualifications.

We are looking for large organisations to partner with, either to help us source the students/trainees or to be a partner organisation.

If you would like to be involved in any way, either by referring youth to our Kick Start Academy, being a host employer, purchasing refurbished computers or having Work Ventures do your IT repairs, please contact me and I will put you in touch with our new CEO and Head of Group Training.  Work Ventures is a registered GTO and RTO and you can find more about them and their programs on their YouTube channel. You can also learn about their partnership with Westpac here.  With traineeships in IT, Customer Service, Business and Warehousing, there is an obvious alignment between connecting youth in our social and affordable housing and Work Ventures’ programs.

This month also saw the start of the annual Australasian Housing Institute’s ‘Professional Excellence in Housing Awards.’  As proud sponsors of this year’s awards, we were delighted to attend the Queensland awards reception and meet many of the wonderful and dedicated teams and talk to AHI President, Andrew Davis about the great work that the AHI are doing.

Have a great rest of month.



Natalie Carrington
CEO, BloomingHR


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