2022

Say 'Hello' to Tash Matson, one of WorkPac's Industrial Recruitment Coordinators

BY: Brianna Ormerod25/06/2022

Meet Tash Matson, one of WorkPac’s Industrial Recruitment Coordinators located on the Sunshine Coast. We asked Tash to tell us about her experience over her 8-years recruiting at WorkPac.What excited you about the opportunity to join WorkPac?At the time, I was a Senior Site Manager for another company. When I saw a job advertised with WorkPac I jumped at the opportunity to come on board. 8 years on, the company has given me endless opportunities and growth. What are your favourite roles to recruit for? I love the chase of a hard-to-fill role. Finding these 'unicorn' candidates is very rewarding. What roles can we contact you about right now? If you are an experienced Civil or Mining Operator in QLD, I want to hear from you! We have a lot of exciting opportunities in this space at the moment.Here are some roles currently available:Mobile Plant Operator (QLD/NT)BHMIP PROJECT - CW2 (SEQ)Labourer (SEQ)Watercart/Roller Operator (SEQ)

EOFY 2022 Tax Information

BY: Claudia Zavagno23/06/2022

​It’s tax time again. Payment Summary information (also known as a Group Certificate) will be available to WorkPac employees after the end of the financial year in their Australian Tax Office online services account through myGov. It will be called an ‘Income Statement’.All End-of-Year Income Statements will be available via your myGov account only on or before 14 July.We recommend that you check ASAP that you have created a myGov account.EOFY ’22 checklistTo get your Payment Summary or Income Statement, please check two things ASAP: Make sure you have created a myGov account. Here is a How-to Guide explaining howUnder your personal details in myWorkPac, check your contact email address is correct. If it’s incorrect, please contact your recruitment coordinator

Jason Hughes Wins 2022 Q3 National Safety Award for Best Workplace Hazard Solution

BY: Claude Drulik20/06/2022

​Decommissioning existing infrastructure is an important aspect of end-of-life asset management, not least because of the complexities around workplace safety. Many ongoing safety challenges can be mitigated through routine inspections, but this is not always easy to manage. To make routine inspections simple at Rio Tinto’s Gove mine, Jason Hughes developed a bespoke solution – a refinery closure website, a custom refinery access control hazard ID database and a process flow to track routine inspections. He also created an interactive map to provide short videos of relevant hazards in various zones. This helped all personnel appreciate the current state of the refinery and assess task-related risks. Jason’s system successfully manages risk profiles of end-of-life assets. When a new hazard is logged, Jason’s solution automatically communicates this information to key personnel interfacing with the refinery. This makes it far easier to report the state of refinery assets, decide associated risks and manage safety procedures widely. It also helps share this data easily with demolition contractors, letting them seamlessly take responsibility for access control. To develop his solution, Jason consulted with the IS&T team, operational teams and contractors. Since launch, Jason’s system has evolved enormously. Hazards are now effectively communicated, and data management processes deeply embedded and fully optimised. As designed, his system has also gone on to serve as a guide to the contracting company undertaking the refinery demolition, which has used it to identify, communicate and track 90% of all hazards in the area. In recognition for designing his impressive system, Jason won the WorkPac 2022 Q3 Safety Award. Congratulations Jason!

This month we celebrate Hannah Pietzner’s 8th anniversary with the WorkPac Group

BY: Brianna Ormerod07/06/2022

​This month we celebrate Hannah Pietzner’s 8th anniversary with the WorkPac Group. Please see below some words from Hannah on her WorkPac journey.What has been the highlight of your WorkPac career so far?My career highlights are having the opportunity to work across the roles of RC, BDM, BCM and finally NAM for GSN, as that was my goal.What do you love most about your role?I enjoy interacting with clients and being part of the team. WorkPac has also given me the chance to relocate to different areas and see parts of the country I wouldn't have seen otherwise.What have you learnt about yourself since starting?How resilient I can be when market changes occur and/or role changes occur.Do you remember your first day?I just remember the excitement of new beginnings and opportunities.From her Manager:What a fantastic eight years Hannah!  From your Site Management days at Hail Creek, to Business Centre Manager of the successful Gold Coast BC, to joining Group Sales where you have been instrumental in pricing, winning and delivering Projects and Contracts, as well as holding relationships with many of our clients at multiple levels in Construction and Mining… let’s not forget your FIFO work to WA!  Your knowledge, work ethic and your ability to connect with internal and external stakeholders are an asset to WorkPac.  Congratulations on your 8 year anniversary Hannah.  It is awesome working with you!Hannah, congratulations on 8 years!

This month we celebrate Marie Davidson’s 14th anniversary with the WorkPac Group

BY: Brianna Ormerod23/05/2022

​This month we celebrate Marie Davidson’s 14th anniversary with the WorkPac Group. Please see below some words from Marie on her WorkPac journey. What has been the highlight of your WorkPac career so far? There have been a few highlights!Winning Recruitment Coordinator of The Year at our annual ‘Dudley Awards’ Attending Management Conferences in New Zealand and Thailand The teams and people I work with Some great Christmas Parties Travelling and working in different offices The Clients and Candidates I’ve worked with What do you love most about your role? I enjoy finding people employment and seeing good outcomes i.e casual employment turning into permanent work. This means a lot to people and their families. What have you learnt about yourself since starting? Adapting all the time to get the best outcome. From Marie’s Manager: Marie, what an incredible achievement this is! You are an individual who demonstrates all the key WorkPac values each day and we are extremely grateful to have you as part of the WorkPac family. The knowledge/experience you hold is unmatched – and you are always willing to share with many other operatives through the consistent development and growth of your colleagues. Your ability to come to work every day with a smile while still maintaining such exceptional standards is a testament to your character. You are an example of what an excellent Recruitment Coordinator can achieve with determination, commitment, and the right attitude. Congratulations on this milestone Marie, I am honoured to have you in our team, and I know the future holds many great things for you. Marie, congratulations on 14 years! ​

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!

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.

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/

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.​