Mining Industry: Safety Reset

BY: Tracey Mesken25/07/2019

​At present WorkPac Group are supporting the Mining Industry Safety Reset Campaign being undertaken across all QLD Mines and Quarries.This campaign is seeking to ensure the safety of all mining industry employees following the sad passing of six workers in the past 12 months. This safety reset is the first step in refocusing the attention of the entire Industry to its number one priority - the heath and safety of all workers and everyone’s right to return home after work.WorkPac has developed a Safety Information Bulletin to support the Mining Safety Reset Campaign and this can be viewed here.Whether you work in mining or in another high-risk industry, we ask you to please remember these key safety points:Report all Safety Incidents and Hazards to your site supervisor and WorkPac Group Immediately;Don’t undertake work if the risk is not acceptable;Stop work if the risk is not acceptable;Be aware of your surroundings at all times;Be alert when working around machinery and other hazards;Call out and report poor safety practices and behaviours;Ensure you understand the Site Safety Management System, see your Supervisor if you need more information on site-specific safety procedures.Remember - the most important thing to come off the site each day is you.

PARTNERSHIPS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

BY: Tracey Mesken03/07/2019

​In Michelle Laylan’s work as a relationship manager for WorkPac’s Indigenous division JobTrail, she gets to travel across Western Australia matching Indigenous job seekers to roles with great companies. This gives her the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and hear their stories. At a recent assessment centre in Busselton, Michelle met Denise and was humbled by her story of strength and perseverance. Denise was successful in receiving a position with WorkPac on a Rio Tinto site, and Michelle sat down with her to talk about her journey to this new role.Going about our jobs filling roles, we can sometime forget that a job is not just a job but an opportunity for someone to change their entire life .I organize and facilitate Assessment Centres for Rio Tinto and amongst the successful candidates in our Bussleton Assessment Centre was a lady who had a story that not many of us could not relate to. Denise had endured 20 years of domestic violence and one day, for the safety of herself and children, found the strength to walk away. More stresses and tragedy followed when Denise lost her father, once again Denise found the strength to be strong for herself and her children.Like many Aboriginal job seekers, Denise had started doing courses and applying online for jobs. For two years straight she was job hunting with numerous knock backs, but she never gave up. Denise got the opportunity to participate in an Assessment Centre that I was running where she participated in a team activity and an interview with a Superintendent from Rio Tinto.I remember calling Denise and letting her know that she was successful. Denise confessed that she was so nervous and wasn’t sure if she did enough to get through, she was so excited and kept thanking me for the opportunity. Like I tell all my successful candidates, I provide the opportunity but you make the impression. The Assessment Centres are designed so that the leader sees a side to Indigenous candidates that they don’t see on their resumes, and in this case they saw a woman who has been working hard to change her life, and her commitment to this fit well with their company values.“I now have a job with WorkPac learning how to drive dump trucks. I never thought that it would happen, but it did. I am so excited that I’ve got the opportunity to prove myself to my employer and my children. I kept trying and never gave up on what I always wanted to do”Denise has now been in her new role at Hope Downs 1 for over a month now and is going well and although she was nervous, she once again found the strength to start a new chapter of her life. She is able to take on this new journey with the support of family and mainly her partner who has been with her every step of the way.Denise thanks Michelle Laylan from JobTrail/WorkPac, Mel Riley from the Wirrpanda Foundation, Emma Greengrass from Max Employment and Rio Tinto for the chance to prove herself.JobTrail’s partnerships with community are an important part of our business and this is the perfect example of how working together can make a change in someone’s life.You can learn more about JobTrail here. 

WorkPac secures Santos maintenance contract

BY: Tracey Mesken29/06/2019

​The WorkPac Group, a leading provider of workforce management, project management, training and technology solutions, today announced that it is the successful bidder for a Santos blue collar personnel services contract in the Cooper Basin.The contract, providing employment services of maintenance staff in the field and at the Moomba plant, has a duration of three years.As a frontrunner in the delivery of career options and employment opportunities throughout South Australia, WorkPac's core business is the sourcing, selection, recruitment, mobilisation and management of people to the resources, construction, industrial and healthcare sectors.Business Centre Manager for WorkPac Adelaide, Mr Trian Misso said, “We are excited to grow our relationship with Santos. We are honoured to be working with one of the leading independent oil and gas producers in the Asia-Pacific region, supplying the energy to homes, businesses and major industries across Australia and Asia.”“As a specialist supply partner with proven capability and experience in optimising productivity and mitigating risk we look forward to supporting Santos’ operations.”“For WorkPac, who are already regarded in the Adelaide market as a leading supplier of temporary, contract and permanent staff, it is an opportunity to for us to extend our regional contribution into the Cooper Basin. It also offers our large database of South Australian workers further growth and employment opportunities.”About Santos in the Cooper BasinThe Cooper Basin contains approximately 150 gas fields and 90 oil fields currently on production. These fields contain approximately 700 producing gas wells and more than 360 producing oil wells which feed into production facilities at Moomba in South Australia and Ballera in Queensland through approximately 5,600 kilometres of pipelines and flowlines via 15 major satellite facilities incorporating field boost compression (65 satellite compressors, 15 nodal compressors).The Moomba facility also incorporates substantial underground storage for processed sales gas and ethane.About WorkPacWorkPac is Australia’s largest privately-owned human capital solutions provider. The Company delivers temporary and permanent people solutions to the mining, construction, engineering, manufacturing and healthcare industries. WorkPac operates in over 35 offices across Australia, predominantly in regional and rural locations and employs over 350 full-time staff. Through its specialised divisions WorkPac provides whole-of-business solutions for clients who require multi-disciplined and experienced staff across all blue collar and white collar role disciplines. Find out more at www.workpac.com

Important information about accessing your Payment Summary

BY: Tracey Mesken20/06/2019

​Update 10.07.19Payment summaries were emailed to all WorkPac Group employees on Tuesday 9th July. Read on if you haven’t yet received it.When were payment summaries sent?Payment summaries were emailed to all WorkPac Group employees on Tuesday 9th July.Problems? QuestionsIf you have problems accessing or viewing your payment summary or haven’t received it, please check the following:1. Check the email account that you use for myworkpac, this is the one we will have used to send your payment summary.2. If you didn’t receive the email, please check your Spam folder. The email will be from noreply@workpac.com.3. If you receive the email but have problems downloading or viewing the file on a device (this is especially true for android mobiles), please try on a different device, ideally a desktop computer.Still having problems after checking these? Then please contact your WorkPac Group recruitment coordinator!How were payment summaries sent?This financial year there are no changes to how WorkPac Group employees receive their payment summaries, and it will be emailed to you as per previous years.What about Single Touch Payroll (STP)?As you may have heard, there have been significant changes made in terms of payment summaries and how some employees receive them. Rather than employers sending payment summaries to their employees to then be lodged with the Australian Tax Office, some employers are now required to report pay and superannuation for all employees direct to the ATO. This new process called Single Touch Payroll or STP. There is currently a transition period for companies to start reporting to the ATO and this is different for each company. WorkPac will commence STP early in 2020, and you’ll be notified when this transition happens.Please note that the transition period to STP is different for all companies, so other members of your family may have already transitioned from payment summaries to Single Touch Payroll this year.

How to keep the flu at bay this winter

BY: Tracey Mesken06/06/2019

​While a sick day here and there may not seem like a bad thing the flu is not the way to have break from the day to day grind.  The flu can be contracted through direct or indirect contact, meaning that it may not be enough just to avoid people who are sick. Transmission can occur through surfaces as well as through the air. On top of this a person who has the flu may be contagious a day before they show any symptoms!So, with the flu season upon us what can you do to minimise your chance of getting sick?Wash your hands often and well – This can help kill any germs on your hands before they make you sick, it will also help to prevent spread anything that you may have.Replace hand towels often Be careful when preparing food – if you are sick you may spread germs through food preparation areas. If you are feeling unwell, ask someone else if they can prepare food for the family and only serve yourself.Use hand sanitiser RestWithout enough sleep, our immune systems are not able to work to their full strength.Eat wellEating healthy foods can help our bodies and immune system to be better prepared to fight off any illnesses.Get the flu vaccineThe best and most effective way of keeping the flu away, this is an annual vaccine.

Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace

BY: Tracey Mesken04/06/2019

​Mental health problems don’t discriminate and can affect anyone at any age, with 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 having a mental illness. That’s why it’s so important to care for your mental health by learning to recognise and manage stress and remembering to take time for yourself when you need it.Health and wellbeing at workMany of us spend a big part of our day at work, meaning that our workplaces can have a big impact on our mental health, both positively and negatively. While the connection between physical hazards such as noise, dust and chemical hazards and health are well recognised amongst employers and employees alike, the relationship between mental and physical wellbeing and the jobs we do is not. However, the connection between work and mental health cannot be ignored, with three in ten employees experiencing mental health problems each year.There will be a change in behaviour when someone is struggling with mental health issues, with them not seeming like their usual selves. However, these changes can be difficult to pick up unless you know what to look for. Some possible signs of mental illness in the workplace are:• they may be more irritable, restless, feel tired all the time, or experience a loss of energy• show little interest or pleasure in doing things• constantly feel down or hopeless• increase in sick days• excessive use of alcohol or drugs• rapid changes of emotional mood• poor performanceIf you notice a workmate exhibiting these behaviours, it’s important to check in with them and ask if they’re okay. Poor mental health can increase the likelihood of sleep disturbance and anxiety, leading to reduced ability to concentrate on work tasks and production and potential injury.StressOne of the biggest impacts work can have is on our stress levels, which is an important factor in overall mental wellbeing. While stress is an unavoidable part of life and certain levels of it are normal, excessive long-term stress can be damaging to your mental health.Stress can be defined as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them.”Stress has been associated with:• Anxiety and depression• Heart disease• Back pain• Gastrointestinal illnessesWorkPac as an employer always assesses and takes measures to control risks from work-related stress. Employees have responsibilities to talk to their managers about any factors outside the workplace which can turn the otherwise normal pressures of work into excessive ones. Stress and time pressures could also lead to you taking more risks with your long term health e.g. a two minute job which may release silica dust and therefore require you to wear a face mask, can easily turn into a 15 minute job if you have to go to the store to collect the necessary PPE.Managing stressIf you are beginning to feel that work-related stress and other factors are beginning to take an impact on your health, there are many small things that can make a real difference.Give a loved one a call or arrange to spend some time with friends and familyEat three healthy meals per dayExercise – even something small like going for a walk or doing some stretching exercises can make a differenceRead a book, listen to music, or watch your favourite show or movieDo something nice for someone elseSpend some time outdoorsWhile those can be great ways to improve your overall wellbeing, sometimes we need some extra support to get through a tough period. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to seek the advice and support of a professional.There are several free services you can reach out to, such as:• Lifeline have a 24-hour crisis line that you can call for support and many valuable resources on their website. You can call on 13 11 14 or visit their website here: https://www.lifeline.org.au/• Beyond Blue also have a 24-hour line you can reach on 1300 22 4636, and their website offers plenty of advice and information: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/homeAnd if you’re a WorkPac employee, you can access free psychology through our Employee Assistance Program. You can learn more hereRemember - it is not just a case of trying to be tough – if you don’t feel mentally well seek help

Partnerships that make a difference

BY: Tracey Mesken03/06/2019

​In Michelle Laylan’s work as a relationship manager for WorkPac’s Indigenous division JobTrail, she gets to travel across Western Australia matching Indigenous job seekers to roles with great companies. This gives her the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and hear their stories. At a recent assessment centre in Busselton, Michelle met Denise and was humbled by her story of strength and perseverance. Denise was successful in receiving a position with WorkPac on a Rio Tinto site, and Michelle sat down with her to talk about her journey to this new role.Going about our jobs filling roles, we can sometime forget that a job is not just a job but an opportunity for someone to change their entire life .I organize and facilitate Assessment Centres for Rio Tinto and amongst the successful candidates in our Bussleton Assessment Centre was a lady who had a story that not many of us could not relate to. Denise had endured 20 years of domestic violence and one day, for the safety of herself and children, found the strength to walk away. More stresses and tragedy followed when Denise lost her father, once again Denise found the strength to be strong for herself and her children.Like many Aboriginal job seekers, Denise had started doing courses and applying online for jobs. For two years straight she was job hunting with numerous knock backs, but she never gave up. Denise got the opportunity to participate in an Assessment Centre that I was running where she participated in a team activity and an interview with a Superintendent from Rio Tinto.I remember calling Denise and letting her know that she was successful. Denise confessed that she was so nervous and wasn’t sure if she did enough to get through, she was so excited and kept thanking me for the opportunity. Like I tell all my successful candidates, I provide the opportunity but you make the impression. The Assessment Centres are designed so that the leader sees a side to Indigenous candidates that they don’t see on their resumes, and in this case they saw a woman who has been working hard to change her life, and her commitment to this fit well with their company values.“I now have a job with WorkPac learning how to drive dump trucks. I never thought that it would happen, but it did. I am so excited that I’ve got the opportunity to prove myself to my employer and my children. I kept trying and never gave up on what I always wanted to do”Denise has now been in her new role at Hope Downs 1 for over a month now and is going well and although she was nervous, she once again found the strength to start a new chapter of her life. She is able to take on this new journey with the support of family and mainly her partner who has been with her every step of the way.Denise thanks Michelle Laylan from JobTrail/WorkPac, Mel Riley from the Wirrpanda Foundation, Emma Greengrass from Max Employment and Rio Tinto for the chance to prove herself.JobTrail’s partnerships with community are an important part of our business and this is the perfect example of how working together can make a change in someone’s life.You can learn more about JobTrail here. 

What is National Reconciliation Week?

BY: Tracey Mesken27/05/2019

​National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about the shared histories, cultures and achievements of Indigenous Australians and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.  It is a week dedicated to growing respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous Australians.The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June.  These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.All Australians are invited to participate in NRW and the greater journey towards reconciliation.  Reconciliation Australia, an independent, national not-for-profit organisation, initiates the week in its effort to break down the barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.Why was National Reconciliation Week created?NRW is a way of acknowledging Australia’s history.  It is a time for all Australians to consider the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.  Archaeological evidence shows Indigenous people have lived in Australia for at least 50,000 years. When Europeans arrived, colonial law, policies and practices affected Indigenous people often having devastating impacts.  Acknowledging and accepting this history of Indigenous Australia, both pre and post colonisation is essential to the reconciliation journey as well as a commitment to ensure these wrongs are not repeated in the future.NRW began in 1993 (The International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples)  as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first NRW. In 2000, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation. In the same year, approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of NRW, to show their support for reconciliation.Today, NRW is celebrated by  businesses, schools and early learning centres, organisations, and individuals Australia-wide.So what is Reconciliation?Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.  It is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future gains are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort.In a just, equitable and reconciled Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children would have the same life chances and choices as non-Indigenous children, and the length and quality of a person’s life will not be determined by their racial background.Reconciliation Australia’s vision of reconciliation is based and measured on five dimensions: Race Relations: Equality and Equity: Institutional Integrity: Unity: Historical Acceptance: These five dimensions do not exist in isolation but are interrelated. Reconciliation cannot be seen as a single issue or agenda; today's definition of reconciliation must weave all of these threads together.Moving ForwardsNational Reconciliation Week asks all Australians to consider and take action to build positive relationships with one another.“Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of us all as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples.”“We believe in fairness for everyone, that our diversity makes us richer, and that together, we are stronger.” - Reconciliation Australia.Further information on reconciliation and NRW events near you, please head to:https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/ 

WorkPac Mackay Proudly sponsoring Mackay Mayor’s Charity Ball 2019

BY: Tracey Mesken17/05/2019

​Founded by the Sunrise Rotary Club, the annual Mackay Mayor’s Charity Ball has been giving back to the community for the past 15 years.In that time, the event has been able to raise more than $500,000 for a variety of local charities.WorkPac Mackay’s Business Centre Manager, Darian Lawson, is looking forward to taking part in this year’s event.“The Mayor’s Charity Ball is a fantastic locally run event, with all funds going directly towards those in our community that need it the most”“This year is focused on helping to support children in the Mackay region who are affected by Family and Domestic Violence by raising funds to provide an extra counsellor at the local Domestic Violence Resources Service”“This is an important service that will be able to provide support to the children in our community that really need it”“This is the first year that WorkPac Mackay have had the honour of sponsoring the event, and we look forward to continuing our support in the future”The Domestic Violence Resources Service currently work with about 150 children a year but estimate that there are hundreds more in the region that need this counselling and support.WorkPac Mackay are also looking forward to sponsoring several events happening later this year.“I’m so proud to be part of such a fantastic community of people who are always putting on great local events to raise money”“We’re looking forward to continuing our sponsorship's of the Whitsunday Voices Literary Dinner, the Nude Lunch for Ovarian Cancer, and the Mackay Engineering College Try a Trade program”.The Mayor’s Charity Ball will be held on the 25th of May at the Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre.Tickets can be purchased here and are $185 with entertainment and a three course dinner and drinks on offer.To learn more about the event, check out this Facebook video with Mayor Greg Williamson and Domestic Violence Resource Service practice manager Linda-Ann Northey.

How can our candidate job portal myworkpac help you?

BY: Tracey Mesken01/05/2019

​Whether you’re on the hunt for a new job or you’re currently working for us, myworkpac can make life a bit easier! As a job seeker, you can update your contact details, quickly add in any tickets or licenses, and tell us your industry industry and occupation to help us match you with work. If you’re a WorkPac employee, you can easily and securely view and download your payslips, access your employee benefits, and more! Keep reading to learn how myworkpac can help you.For Job SeekersGetting started with myworkpacFirst things first! Do you have a myworkpac account? Or do you have an account but aren’t sure how to use it? Just follow the simple steps below to get started:Update your details anytime, anywhere!So, your account is set up. Have you:Started or ended a roleUpdated your resumeGot a new ticket or licenceMoved towns/citiesIf so, then keep us updated so we can match you to the right roles. We’ve made it easy for you to log in on any device – whether it be your mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop – and quickly and easily make those changes. Once you’ve logged into myworkpac, just follow these two steps:Select ‘My info’ on the homepageThen select ‘My Job Seeker Profile’Once you’re in your job seeker profile you can select the section that you want to update.Get matched for workWhen you have a myworkpac account, you become part of a secure database that our recruiters use to find candidates for rolesSay one of our recruiters is doing a search to find a fitter in Darwin. If you’ve set up your myworkpac account with your current location as Darwin and your work history has been kept up to date with any previous fitter roles you’ve worker, you’ll be more likely to show up in that recruiters search and can be contacted for that role.So, by setting up your profile and taking those few minutes as needed to quickly update your details, you will increase your chances of landing a new job!For EmployeesEasily access and download your payslipsPayslips are available online through myworkpac, in line with industry best practice for secure delivery of payslips and sensitive data, as myworkpac is far more secure than other methods like email. It also makes it easy for you to access your payslips, as you can use any device (mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop), and you can get all current and historical payslips in the one place. To access your payslips in myworkpac, just follow the steps below! And to learn more, check out our payslip process blog.You can also make this process even easier by setting up quick access to payslips in myworkpac. Just follow these steps:MyrewardsYou can also use myworkpac to access myrewards, which offers discounts and assistance for a range of products including Financial Services, Health and Life Cover, Superannuation and Telco.To access myrewards, just follow these three steps!