Two years on from our first Reconciliation Action Plan

BY: Tracey Mesken29/01/2019

​Two years on from the original launch of our RAP and we have been able to achieve our initial goals, targeting relationships, respect, opportunities, and tracking and progress. Through numerous trainee programs that we have run across Australia with several major companies, we have been able to increase our Indigenous workforce by 265%WorkPac and JobTrail proudly launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2017, following an extensive consultation between members of our executive team and Traditional Owners and Indigenous leaders, including Albert Bowie and the Bowie family.We built our RAP around a vision to help create and advance strong, inclusive communities involving all Australians through active promotion of the benefits of increasing Indigenous employment and training participation, heightening cultural awareness and building mutually respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.VIEW OUR 2017-2019 RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN HERE >>> ​​With so many of WorkPac’s 40+ business centres based in regional and remote Australia, we feel we have a greater responsibility when it comes to providing employment, education and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the communities we operate in.Two years on from the original launch of our RAP and we have been able to achieve our initial goals, targeting relationships, respect, opportunities, and tracking and progress. JobTrail and the WorkPac Group have been able to build strong relationships with Traditional Owner groups across Australia, which has both helped us in providing employment opportunities to Indigenous Australians and in building support systems for those employees.​“WHEN THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS TALK ABOUT JOBS, THEY TALK ABOUT JOBTRAIL. THAT’S WHO WE WANT TO WORK WITH!”– GRAHAM SAUNEY (UNCLE COOKIE)TRADITIONAL OWNER WIDI & BARADA BARNA –​Through numerous trainee programs that we have run across Australia with several major companies, we have been able to increase our Indigenous workforce by 265%. We have also engaged consistently with WorkPac employees over the past two years sharing our joint commitment on our reconciliation journey, providing tools such as cultural awareness training to build further education and understanding across the business.​“KOINMERBURRA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE JOBTRAIL, SAMUEL, MIDDLEMOUNT SOUTH AND THE PARTICIPANTS ON THE SUCCESS OF YOUR PROGRAM AND CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR PEOPLES AND COMMUNITIES. WE WISH YOU ALL WELL IN YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVOURS AND FUTURE PROGRAMS.”– DIRECTORS OF KOINMERBURRA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION –​Since launching the RAP, we have also been finalists in a number of Reconciliation and Diversity Awards. In 2017 we were highly commended at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards, and in 2018 we were runners up for the ‘Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award’ at the Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards, and finalists for the ‘Excellence in Diversity Programs & Performance’ at the 2019 Resources Awards for Women.… “[THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES] MENTORSHIP, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE THAT THE STUDENTS WILL TAKE AWAY WITH THEMFOR LIFELONG LEARNING. IT ALSO PROVIDES BHP WITH FANTASTIC EMPLOYEES FOR THE FUTURE.”– BARBARA SHEEHYBHP SPECIALIST INDIGENOUS EMPLOYMENT -​We are proud of what has been achieved so far, but there is still a long way to go. We look forward to continuing our involvement in events such as NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week, as well as launching our next RAP in early 2019 and continuing this journey.To learn more about how we can partner with you to help increase the diversity and inclusion in your workforce talk to us today.Call: 1800 255 472Email:, check out our related post on

WorkPac are finalists at the 2018 Seek Annual Recruitment Awards

BY: Tracey Mesken05/10/2018

​WorkPac are one of five finalists for Large Recruitment Agency of the Year at the 2018 Seek Annual Recruitment Awards (SARA).Australia’s largest privately-owned recruitment company WorkPac are thrilled to have been announced as finalists for this year’s SEEK Annual Recruitment (SARA) awards.The SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards are acknowledging the innovative people and agencies pushing for excellence in the recruitment industry.The awards recognise the work of industry leaders and best practice, as chosen by an expert panel of judges.WorkPac’s Managing Director, Mr. Praanesh Prasad, is thrilled about the nomination.“We’ve been told SARA received a record number of submissions this year, so we’re honoured to have been announced as finalists.”“The best large recruitment agency of the year award focuses on recruitment companies with more than 50 recruitment consultants, who have demonstrated a valued and inclusive culture, innovation, growth, candidate engagement and contribution to the recruitment industry”“These are goals that everyone in Recruitment should be striving towards, so to be nominated for demonstrating those makes me extremely proud to be part of this organisation.”“I’d like to extend my congratulations to the fellow nominees, as I know it is hard work and commitment that has led them to this.”“To be recognised by a panel of independent recruitment experts alongside other fantastic organisations within our Industry is a huge honour, and I know whoever receives the award on the evening will be deserving.”“SEEK is the global leader in the creation and operation of online employment markets and I’m looking forward to hearing the award winners.”The SARA awards are being held at The Forum in Melbourne on Thursday the 15th of NovemberFor more info head to their website.

Finding a job with WorkPac: Part Two

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Part One of this post, where we covered the registration process, and the best way to search for roles. For Part Two we’ll be covering the application process and how to set up a Job Alert.*Preparing for your next job interview​Your job alert is separate to your myworkpac account, so you will need to begin by setting that up.​Now that you have an account, it’s time to start setting up your alerts. You create a job alert directly from the from the Job Alerts page, or you can set one up while doing a job search. Here, we’ll demonstrate how to do both.​​


Get a range of employee benefits through WorkPac’s myrewards platform

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​Last year we made the decision to expand upon the employee benefits we offer with the introduction of the myrewards platform, available to those who currently work for us or have worked with us previously.The myrewards platform offers discounts and assistance for a range of products including Financial Services, Health and Life Cover, Superannuation and Telco, in addition to a massive range of retail discounts.Interested? Keep reading to find out what we offer and how WorkPac employees can get access. To learn more about WorkPac’s employee benefits, head here.FINANCIAL SERVICES – BANKING WITH WESTPACYou can get access to deals on a wide range of Westpac products, including:• Open a Westpac everyday banking account with no monthly account fee• Apply for a credit card online in 10 minutes and receive a response in 60 seconds + get a low rate credit card with no annual fee in the first year when applying on the Workplace banking webpage• Get 50,000 bonus rewards points on Altitude Platinum cards and 100,000 bonus reward points on Altitude Black cards• 10% off annual premium on home and contents insurance for existing homeowners when buying online• Great home loans with a special offer $1250 rebate​HEALTH COVERSpecialists that can assist you by comparing hundreds of policies to help find you the best one.LIFE COVERTo get started on the right track, you can quickly and easily calculate how much cover you’ll need. Once you have an idea of the cover level, advisers can help you choose the insurance best suited to your needs.​​TELCOThrough Optus Employee Advantage, you can get 10% off for a range of services including SIM only plans, phones with plans and broadband internet, giving you a yearly discount of anywhere between $35-$348 depending on the plan you choose.SUPERANNUATIONFind and consolidate your super into one platform, with the option of choosing which fund you would like it to go into, or they offer you three options depending on what you’re looking for – a low fees fund, an ethical fund or a customizable fund.​RETAILWe offer discounts from 2000+ retailers, including:• Up to 47% off movie tickets• 10% off at variety of retailers including Supercheap Auto, BCF, Rebel Sports and David jones• 5% off Coles, Target, Kmart, Dan Murphy’s, Caltex and more• 25% off glasses and sunglasses at specsaversIf you’re a current or former WorkPac employee and haven’t yet accessed the myrewards platform, follow the instructions below:​​We recruit for a range of both blue-collar and white-collar roles. If you’d like to find work through us and get access to this great range of benefits, there are some simple steps you should follow:Register your skills and experience on our website hereSearch and apply for relevant jobs hereGet in touch with your nearest WorkPac Business Centre, the full list of Business Centres can be found here


Finding a job with WorkPac: Part One

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​Interested in finding a job through WorkPac but not sure where to start? To make it simple, we’re going to walk you through the process of registering via our website, and the best way to use our job search to find the right role for you. So follow these steps to success!Before you can apply for a role through us, you will need to first register your details and experience via our website here. You can also register from our homepage anytime by selecting the icon from the right hand side:The more complete your profile with us is, the better the chance that you will show up when recruiters are searching for candidates. So complete these steps to stand out.​Now that the basics are in, you also have the option of adding your work history, preferences and documents. These steps aren’t necessary but they are recommended, as the more detailed your profile is the better your chances of standing out.Remember that filling out these details doesn’t guarantee a job. See our job search for the next steps.Once your profile is complete, you’re ready to search for jobs! We’ve set up our job search to make it easy for you to specify what you’re looking for. It’s not necessary to fill out all the fields provided, but the more you input the more specific your results will be.​You have a quick search bar on​Or, you can complete our advanced search​Since you already have an account with WorkPac, you’ll already be set up to easily apply for any of these roles!Now that you’re registered with WorkPac and know the best way to use the job search, stay tuned for Part Two of this post, which covers the application process and how to set up a job alert.


WorkPac Employee receives the Robe Valley Employee of the Year Award

BY: Tracey Mesken06/08/2018

​In a watershed moment as part of the 2018 Pannawonica NAIDOC Awards, WorkPac had the honour of presenting Christina Hillman the first ever award for WorkPac Robe Valley Employee of the Year. She was presented the award by WorkPac’s Kath Collins, who made the proposal on behalf of WorkPac to have the new award added in addition to the Rio Tinto Employee of the Year Award, as part of the ongoing partnership between the companies.To honour the Robe River Kuruma Marthudunera people, the awards handed out were framed images of Pannawonica Hill, located on Robe River near the mines. The Kuruma name for Pannawonica Hill is Parlapuuni, meaning a mound of mud from under the sea. The Robe River and Pannawonica Hill are the most significant sites to the Kuruma people. The water in the river is called Jajiwura, and each of its tributaries and major water holes have their own Kuruma names.​Christina Hillman (R) was presented the award by Kath Collins (L)The theme of NAIDOC Week this year was ‘Because of her, we can!’, celebrating Indigenous women who have made their mark as pioneers, roles models, leaders and change makers, so it was only fitting that the award was presented to someone who exemplifies that theme.Christina is a quiet achiever, but through her commitment leads by example on site, always there to lend a helping hand to those who need it, and willing to do the tough jobs when others hesitate. Well respected by all on site, she is known for her fantastic attitude and work ethic, in addition to her friendly, patient and understanding nature.Working in the traditionally male-dominated area of operating Heavy Mining Equipment, she is a shining example of a strong Indigenous female role model, with strong potential to advance her mining career and move into a leadership position in the future.We’re incredibly lucky to have an employee as hard-working as Christina on board with us, and we cannot wait to see where her career in mining takes her.


WorkPac Mackay Major Sponsor for Local Program Helping Students Find their Trade

BY: Tracey Mesken11/07/2018

​The ‘Try a Trade’ program offers students in the Mackay region an opportunity to be introduced to a variety of trades.Held consecutively since 2009 in the third term of the school year, Mackay Engineering College’s (MEC) ‘Try a Trade’ Program is one of several fantastic programs the College provides to high school students in the Mackay Region.Offered to sixty Year 10 students from six different schools in the region, the participants attend one day a week for five weeks of the term, going along to a variety of workshops and industry tours.Following the completion of the program, the students then have the option to enrol at college to complete a trade.This is the second year WorkPac Mackay has sponsored the event, and Business Centre Manager Mr Darian Lawson is excited to get involved again with a $5000 donation.“We first sponsored the event last year, and it was fantastic to see so much interest both from the students and from those within the industry”.“At the completion of last years program 100% of the students who participated gave it a positive review, which really affirmed for us how great this program is”.“Following on from that we knew we had to get involved again this year” he said.Mr Lawson says the sponsorship is part of WorkPac’s continued commitment to focusing on local employment.“This program offers clear career pathways for students interested in a trade and we hope they go on to be successful with our clients, including Darymple Bay Coal Terminal”.“Our sponsorship affords us a great opportunity to help grow youth employment, with the ultimate goal of increasing local employment”.“We recruit for a variety of trades positions, so having young people upskilled and ready to work grows the pool of local candidates so we can keep jobs within the region”.For more information on Mackay Engineering College, head to their website 


Voice Against Violence

BY: Tracey Mesken06/06/2018

​WorkPac has proudly partnered with the NRL Voice Against Violence initiative to assist the community to ‘stand up’, ‘speak out’ and ‘take action’ to prevent violence against women and children.A series of face to face education workshops will be delivered by NRL Ambassadors to 16-18 year olds in grassroots clubs across Australia. WorkPac Group, Rio Tinto and Goodline have partnered up with the NRL, along with the North Queensland Cowboys, to deliver these workshops in the Western Cape community from June 8- 12 2018.Resources to get help are available at the end of this article.There are many things in life that are quite simply wrong, things that you can’t make an excuse for or even try to justify – domestic and family violence is one of those things.  Domestic and family violence is a complex and deeply entrenched problem that we have here in Australia with;One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to themOne in four children exposed to domestic violenceOne in five women experience harassment within the workplaceOver 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner ​WHAT IS THE NRL VOICE AGAINST VIOLENCE INITIATIVE?​The NRL Voice Against Violence initiative aims to assist the rugby league community to ‘stand up’, ‘speak out’ and ‘take action’ to prevent violence against women and children.STAND UP – To acknowledge that gender-based violence is an issue in Australia and in our local community.SPEAK OUT – To raise awareness and highlight the realities of the current domestic violence situation in Australia.TAKE ACTION – Most of us are not violent but we all have a role to play in the prevention of violence against women and children.​GETTING HELPThe NRL partners with three national domestic violence services who can provide you with the help you need.White Ribbon Australia: White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. Find out more at Watch: Our Watch has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children. Find out more at Stop Foundation: The purpose of the Full Stop Foundation is to support and resource the work of Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia. The Full Stop Foundation works to expand trauma counselling services for those who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence, and to change the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence against women and children to occur.  Find out more at ​DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINESAn extensive list of counselling and support can be found on White Ribbon Australia’s Website.  If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please click here.WorkPac employees are also encouraged to use our Employee Assistance Program through Gryphon Psychology. Phone: 1800 056 076 or gryphonpsychology.comPlease remember if you, a child or another person is in immediate danger, call 000


WorkPac and Jobtrail are runners up at the 2018 Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards

BY: Tracey Mesken29/05/2018

WorkPac runners up for the ‘Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award’ at this year’s Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards.Australia’s largest privately-owned recruitment company WorkPac were honoured to attend the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Indigenous Awards, held during reconciliation week on the 28th of May, as finalists for the ‘Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award’.The award is for those who have developed programs or strategies that boost attraction and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s to the resources sector.WorkPac’s nomination for the award was for ‘Murri’s in the Mines’, an initiative which places Indigenous WorkPac employees in traineeships across Australia as a means of starting their careers in mining, and is run by WorkPac’s Indigenous division JobTrailJobTrail began its development in 2015 following meetings with WorkPac’s Founder and Chairman Phil Smart and his longtime friend Albert Bowie, with an aim of increasing the company’s investment and contribution to Indigenous employment and training in Australia. Officially launching in November 2016, the ‘Murri’s in the Mines’ initiative has been a focal point of JobTrail’s work.Although they did not win on the evening, JobTrail’s National Manager Julian Genn is proud of the nomination and of what they have achieved so far.“The work of all the finalists in this category is exceptional, so to have come runners up is an honour in and of itself”.“This has shown us that we are on the right track with this program and given us renewed energy and focus as we continue to grow and develop ‘Murri’s in the Mines’ through 2018 and beyond” he said.Mr. Genn also congratulated Downer Mining, who won for their Indigenous Work Readiness Recruitment and Training Program run in partnership with Blackwater PCYC.“I’d like to congratulate Downer and our friends at the PCYC on their win, and on their continued progress in furthering the growth of Indigenous employment in the resources sector”.For further information on the Queensland Resources Council Indigenous awards, head to


Workpac Highly Commended at the Qld Reconciliation Awards

BY: Tracey Mesken02/06/2017

​WorkPac are pleased to have been awarded a Highly Commended at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards.  Announced June 1 at a ceremony in Cairns the Awards program recognises businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships taking positive steps towards reconciliation across Queensland.For WorkPac many of employment and training services are delivered, or in close proximity to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and lands. To date the WorkPac Group Reconciliation initiative has realised several outcomes including:creation of a specialist Indigenous Services division, JobTrail, within the WorkPac Groupcreation of innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017–19official launch of the RAP on both the East and West Coasts, attended by community groups and clientsdevelopment of WorkPac Group’s reconciliation journey video, narrated by Mr Alec Doomadgee, which introduces the journey as told through the RAP artwork designed by Mr. Stephen Hogarth. The purpose of this video was to raise awareness, among employees and wider communities, of the group’s support and underlying commitment to reconciliationdesign and delivery of several programs of work throughout Queensland which provide training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoplesdevelopment of new relationships with community members and support groups across WorkPac Group’s locational footprint which has led to increased participation efforts.As at March 2017, the WorkPac Group has achieved an improved culture of inclusion and awareness towards reconciliation, and strengthened ambition and capacity to move forward, positively, on its journey.The 2017 award winners were announced during National Reconciliation Week, 27 May–3 June 2017.National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2017 marks two major milestones in the reconciliation history of Australia—50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision.These events were turning points for rights and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Together, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians need to take the next steps in our reconciliation journey.We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Elders and leaders in the communities in which we work, our employees and our clients. Our journey towards Reconciliation would not be possible without the commitment from all these groups. We also congratulate all other award winners and finalists. You can learn more by visiting the Queensland Government Website is the Indigenous services division of the WorkPac Group. The ultimate aim of the business is to improve Indigenous life outcomes. We are optimistic about the prospects of a fairer, more inclusive future, proper recognition of the past and the capacity of genuine partnerships to deliver meaningful and lasting change well into the future. Learn more at