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This month we celebrate Brooke Farrell’s 10th anniversary with the WorkPac Group

BY: Brianna Ormerod16/05/2022

​This month we celebrate Brooke Farrell’s 10th anniversary with the WorkPac Group. Please see below some words from Brooke on her WorkPac journey.   What has been the highlight of your WorkPac career so far? When thinking of my highlight reel of memories at WorkPac, so many come to mind. From partnering with Leighton Contractors to Account Manage the APLNG project and onboarding a workforce of 100+ within 6 months.  To being acknowledged at annual Leadership Conferences as a successful leader for the Brisbane North Business Centre and lastly to being recognised as Recruitment Coordinator of the Year at the annual Dudley Awards. These amazing memories will always stand as highlight moments throughout my career at WorkPac.  What do you love most about your role? The people. Working directly with our Recruitment Teams on a daily basis for continuous improvement along with recognising both professional and financial success within our teams.​What have you learnt about yourself since starting? Resilience! Prior to WorkPac, I wasn’t much of a risk taker and had worked in the events and hospitality industry for a number of years. I am and have always been quite a routine-based person and over the last 10 years, I’ve worked in a number of different areas, taken on different projects and have always tried to push myself to try things outside of the box to succeed.  What's one thing you wish you knew before you started working here?Just how much my life would change from working at WorkPac. Over the last 10 years, I have achieved both financially and professionally, more than I could have expected when I walked into the office on my first day. Do you remember your first day? I sure do. I started as a Business Centre Administration Manager for Brisbane Metro Business Support. On my desk was a small cactus plant and a stationery pack with a ‘metro’ branded plate, book and pen. I remember getting my first call in the afternoon from a member of the Board where I answered ‘good morning’ when it was well and truly the afternoon yet I was made to feel comfortable and welcomed to the WorkPac team.​From Brooke’s Manager: Throughout your tenure at WorkPac, you have stood out as an employee who has never wavered in your commitment to excellence.  I admire your strong work ethic, personal integrity and your dedication to your work is exemplary.   You are always so positive, helpful and an inspiration to others. Loyal and dedicated employees like you are the foundation of any successful company and I thank you for your contribution to our success. You are an absolute joy to work with Brooke, thank you and congratulations on your achievement of this wonderful milestone – Happy Anniversary & I look forward to celebrating many more with you.   Congratulations on 10 years' Brooke!

WorkPac announced as Large Recruitment Agency of the Year at the Seek Annual Recruitment Awards (SARA)

BY: Tracey Mesken04/05/2022

Australia’s largest privately-owned recruitment company, WorkPac has been announced as the Large Recruitment Agency of the Year at the SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards.The SARAs recognise best practice in the recruitment sector, including individuals and organisations who demonstrate innovation, passion and tenacity, all while executing positive impacts in their community.WorkPac’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Hamish Griffin said, “It is a huge honour for the team to be acknowledged for the effort they put in every day. "We employ a large workforce around the country, and company culture, employee engagement, innovation, growth and community involvement are at the heart of what we do.”“I would like to take a moment to extend my thanks to the whole WorkPac team, and to our workforce and clients, we could not win an award like this without the hard work of our employees, who are dedicated to helping thousands of people along their career journey.”“It’s exciting to get the win and to celebrate with our peers in the sector.”For more information head to the SARA website, at https://www.seeksara.com/

Celebrating Claire Bell, WorkPac Talent Manager's 14th Anniversary

BY: Nicole Gray04/05/2022

On the 5th of May, we celebrate Claire Bell's 14th anniversary with the WorkPac Group. Please see below some words from Claire on her WorkPac journey.​How did you begin your WorkPac career?Joining WorkPac was a total sliding door scenario for me.  I was due to return to the UK, when a friend called me to see if I would be interested in a career in recruitment.  At the time another 6-12 months in Australia was very appealing, so I jumped at the chance to join WorkPac.  Little did I know that choosing to go ahead with the interview would be such a pivotal life decision.  Over the last 14 years, WorkPac has provided me with so many great experiences and special moments but I am most grateful for the friendships I have made and the laughs we have shared.What do you love most about your role?After 13 years working as a Recruitment Coordinator, I took a leap of faith and stepped into a Talent Manager role focusing heavily on learning & development.  I love that I am learning something new every day and interacting with people across the business to find solutions for their learning & development requirements.  On top of that, I absolutely love my team.  It would not be the same without them.From Claire's Manager: What an incredible journey Claire, and one that is far from over.  Your sliding door moment was a great win for WorkPac and we are forever grateful you chose us.  Your commitment to excellence, your pure grit and determination and your energy and enthusiasm is second to none.  It has been amazing to watch you thrive in your current role and we would be forever lost without you.  Claire, congratulations on your 14 year anniversary.  WorkPac salutes you.

From Tennis To FIFO, And Gardening – How Paige Balanced Her Work & Life

BY: Claude Drulik28/04/2022

​Who are you?Name: Paige NewhillPosition: StorepersonClient: Rio Tinto DSL​Tell us About Your Journey I had previously moved to Dunsborough where I set up a successful, but busy, tennis clinic. Now, a decade on and with my children older, I wanted more time with family. These days I have a bunch of regular, enjoyable tasks in our family garden, but working Monday to Friday at the clinic with only 2 days off was not giving me the time I needed to enjoy the outdoors. I wanted to take the next step towards a better work/life balance. How did you land your role with WorkPac? A friend and former colleague, who now worked with Rio Tinto in Tools, asked if I was interested in a FIFO Warehousing role. I thought it would be a great opportunity. The 8:6 FIFO lifestyle is perfect and really enjoyable for me, so I said yes. I submitted my resume knowing it would be FIFO. Soon after, the Warehouse Supervisor at Rio Tinto called and offered me the role through WorkPac.The Supervisor said someone would next contact me about onboarding. Just as he promised, a WorkPac Recruitment Coordinator called soon afterward. She helped me set up a profile on myworkpac.com and ensured my information, like bank details, etc, was correctly submitted. The mobilisation process was completed very easily with inductions, PPE and Travel details sent through quickly after my medical. I was equally excited and overwhelmed by the role. Once I got to site, the Coordinator checked on me frequently to make sure I was okay. She conducted many care calls. There was a lot of support. I appreciated it all a lot. Onsite, I also met the WorkPac Site Manager. He showed equal support and commitment to myself and other WorkPac employees. What do you most enjoy about your job? People's support has been invaluable. They have taught and nurtured me a lot over the years. I am immensely grateful to them. When I started, I was on the 3T forklift. Now, after training, I can operate the 25T forklift. Everyone has boosted my confidence and helped push me to excel. I really enjoy interactions with the different people who come to the front counter. I like the customer service side of this role. My team is so good! I enjoy working with them because we all support one another. The comradeship is amazing. On a personal note, onsite, I get to enjoy beautiful sunrises and amazing sunsets each day. The landscape here is full of beauty. I feel really blessed at this job, almost as much as when I'm with family in my own garden which I can now enjoy even more than before. ​

From Caribbean Captain To Rio Tinto – How Oliver Landed A Big Career Catch

BY: Claude Drulik27/04/2022

​Who are you?Name: Oliver DubockPosition: Regional OperatorClient: Rio Tinto DSLTell us about your journeyMy journey to where I am now is probably a little unusual. My background is actually in Marine Ecology. Two years ago I was captain of a dive boat in the Caribbean. I met my partner on an island there. However, after a decade at sea, I decided it was time for a change. My partner originally came from Melbourne. Having never even been to Australia, we decided it would be a great opportunity to visit and try our luck at a lap of Australia.We saved hard and booked a flight. We even got engaged along the way. Upon arriving, we started our adventure by buying a car and van. Of course, things went awry when COVID hit as it forced us into lockdown in WA. With neither of us working, funds started to dwindle. Some friends we met while traveling made their way up to Port Hedland. They invited us to join them. We did. My partner took on some work. I applied for my spousal visa. I was keen to start in a new industry, having grown up with machinery on a farm where I operated large equipment of one kind or another for most of my life. The Pilbara was a great fit. Once my visa was approved, I got to work looking for work. The rest is history.How did you land your role with WorkPac?I heard about WorkPac through my partners’ friend. They recommended them to get into a new industry, so I submitted my resume online. It wasn’t long before I was invited to an onsite interview with a supervisor. It must have gone well because I landed the job. After a short period of inductions, I started my Regional Operator role as a contractor with WorkPac at RioTinto DSL Port Hedland.What are your career/personal goals?I really enjoy the role I landed. I’ve learnt a lot in a short period of time. I’ve been afforded the opportunity to work with some amazing and experienced people. My goal is to continue growing and learning in this industry. One day I hope to move into a managerial role where I can encourage and help new starts pursue their dream path.How did WorkPac help you along your career path?WorkPac was instrumental in getting me started and enabling me to grow in my new profession. From the beginning, with the application process being so easy to follow, there was always help available if I needed it. This made it much easier to get into my desired career.What do you enjoy most about your job?I suppose it’s the people I work with that really make my job most enjoyable. That and getting to drive massive machines all day.​

WorkPac has been awarded service contracts with Workforce Australia

BY: Tracey Mesken04/04/2022

​Following the announcement by the Department of Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family business, WorkPac is proud to announce it has been awarded service contracts with Workforce Australia. In response, WorkPac wishes to advise the launch of WES.JobsFrom 1 July 2022, WES.Jobs will operate as a Workforce Australia provider. As the newest member of the WorkPac Group, the largest Australian owned recruiter with over 25 years' experience finding people employment, WES.Jobs will focus on helping unemployed job seekers.As a local and regional employment specialist, WorkPac is in the business of finding people work. WorkPac knows how to support Australians across the full employment lifecycle. WES.Jobs will leverage this long history of experience, along with WorkPac’s established client relations with local companies in industries like mining, construction, engineering, industrial and healthcare, to offer job seekers tailored, enhanced services.At launch, WES.Jobs will operate in Mackay and Brisbane South East - together with our specialist Indigenous provider JobTrail. WES.Jobs will maximise outcomes by complementing expert recruitment practices with additional services to enable upskilling, training, personal and professional development, coupled with personal support before and after placement. It will connect job seekers and employers by assisting them to find placements that meet their mutual goals. Our personalised approach will help job seekers tailor themselves to best match with available opportunities.Recognising the strength of diversity, WES.Jobs offers job seekers an inclusive, fair and respectful environment. Building on this commitment and deep understanding of market demands, WES.Jobs will help each registered job seeker enhance their employability to meet employment market needs.The WorkPac Group and WES.Jobs look forward to supporting Workforce Australia through this new partnership.

Easter & Anzac Day Pay Run

BY: Claude Drulik30/03/2022

​With Easter & Anzac Day Public Holidays fast approaching, please be advised of the following Pay Run arrangements: Week Commencing Monday 18th April 2022 Due to the Easter Public Holidays your pays will be delayed by 2 working days. Please ensure we have received your approved timesheet no later than 10am Tuesday 19th April 2022 to ensure it is processed on time. Week Commencing Monday 25th April 2022 Due to the Anzac Day Public Holiday your pay will be delayed by 1 working day. Please ensure we have received your approved timesheet no later than 10am Tuesday 26th April 2022 to ensure it is processed on time. These public holidays may also impact your banks processing days. Please contact your bank should you have any concerns. Any questions please contact your Recruitment Coordinator. ​We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

WorkPac Celebrates 25 Years of Success

BY: Claude Drulik23/03/2022

​​This month, WorkPac celebrates its 25th anniversary.Founded by Phil Smart in 1997, WorkPac has grown from a Perth-based team of two into one of Australia’s largest private employers.Now, over 450 staff across 35 metropolitan and regional offices place more than 26,000 people annually and manage a workforce field team of over 10,000.WorkPac are a gateway for individuals to find a job. We expand people's access to employment and build careers.Over the course of 25 years, WorkPac have employed over 300,000 field team members and supported thousands of Trainees and Apprentices to commence careers in the Mining, Construction and Healthcare sectors.Looking ahead, as we continue striving towards becoming an employer of choice, as well as championing diversity and inclusion initiatives, WorkPac is setting new standards in workforce services.At WorkPac, we are very proud of our achievements over the past 25 years and are grateful for the support of our customers, suppliers, and most importantly, our employees.​

Australia Day & Your Pay

BY: Claude Drulik17/12/2021

​Due to the Australia Day public holiday falling on a Wednesday in 2022, please be advised that your pay will be delayed by one day for that week. We apologise for any inconvenience.

WorkPac Christmas Closure Dates – Who to contact over the Christmas period

BY: Claude Drulik07/12/2021

Need to get in touch with us over the Christmas period? WorkPac’s Business Centres are currently available via appointment only, including during the Christmas period. For any urgent matters, please call us on 1300 967 572 and your call will be directed to the nearest open Business Centre. For information on payroll pay run processing dates over the upcoming public holidays, check out our recent blog post here.