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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!

WorkPac are winners at the Recruitment International Australia Awards

BY: Tracey Mesken18/04/2019

​At the 2019 Recruitment International Awards on the 10th of April, we were the proud winners of the award for ‘Best Large Recruitment Company to Work For’ in a room of over 400 industry peers.​Managing Director, Mr Praanesh Prasad said the win was due to several factors including our organisations positive culture around advancing and rewarding employees at all levels of the business.“One of our core values is ‘valuing people’, this means building long term relationships both within our organisation and externally, with relationships based on performance, transparency integrity and trust.”“Each year we recognise and celebrate standout examples of the passion and pride shown by our teams at our annual Dudley Awards.”“This isn’t just about rewarding people for reaching business goals, it’s also about recognising those who take that extra step to give back to their communities, strive towards the best safe work practices, as well as our leaders in innovation and service.”“Another part of our submission centred on career progression and our focus on developing and promoting staff internally.”“Our General Manager for Industrial, Tasha Stratford is just one of the many examples we used to illustrate our proven career progression for staff who often start as recruitment coordinators.”Prasad says this career progression is not just due to opportunities provided, but the ongoing training and support our employees receive.“We want each of our employees to excel in their role and ongoing training gives every individual the best chance to do that.”Prasad also congratulated the other nominees and award winners.If you'd like to know what makes WorkPac an employer of choice and why you should choose WorkPac for your next career move, contact our Talent Support team via TalentSupportTeam@Workpac.com or check out our vacancies here https://www.workpacgroup.com/current-vacancies

Stay Safe on the Roads this Easter Break

BY: Tracey Mesken18/04/2019

​Easter is one of the most high risk times for fatigue accidents and for a high number of people driving under the influence.Do you plan on a taking a road trip this Easter Long Weekend? Maybe a break up the coast for some waves or a fish, heading bush to camp out, or a pilgrimage to see friends or family. We have identified your biggest hazards and offer some WorkPac tips to stay safe over on the roads this long weekend.The biggest hazards of driving on rural roads are generally higher travel speeds, longer travelling distances, higher single vehicles crashes (such as run offs) so:Be aware of fatigue. If you choose to drive in the early hours of the morning when your body is programmed to sleep, you should be aware of the signs of fatigue: bloodshot eyes, frequent blinking, and yawning. Once fatigue has set in the only cure is sleep;Plan ahead with a route you are going to take and the locations you will stop for a rest;Lower quality road conditions such as unsealed roads, and less forgiving environments of trees, embankments and drop offs can be a real hazard. Stay within speed limits;Travelling and expect to be only car on the road for some time, ensure you stay alert for cattle and other wildlife. Delays in retrieval and accessing medical treatment increase the severity of rural crash outcomes. Always carry water;If towing check your boat trailers and caravans. Ensure all the plugs and attachments including chains are secure. Don’t overload your vehicle;REMEMBERDRIVE DEFENSIVELY WITH A FOCUS ON SAFETY AND RESPECT FOR ALL ROAD USERS.Let’s all Target ZERO on the roads this Easter and not be touched by road trauma.Share these suggestions with your family, and from WorkPac we wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Easter!

What is a Reconciliation Action Plan and why do organisations do them?

BY: Tracey Mesken12/03/2019

​What is a RAP?The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program is a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation, supporting the national reconciliation movement.  RAP’s are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities, creating social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.There are four types of RAP that an organisation can develop: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, Elevate. Each type of RAP is designed to suit an organisation at different stages of their reconciliation.Reflect – Scoping reconciliation                                                                                                  A Reflect RAP allows organisations to spend time scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, deciding on their vision for reconciliation and exploring areas of influence, before committing to specific actions or initiatives.Innovate – Implementing reconciliationAn Innovate RAP outlines actions that work towards achieving an organisation’s unique vision for reconciliation. Commitments within this RAP allow organisations to be aspirational and innovative, helping them to gain a deeper understanding of its area of influence, and establish the best approach to advance reconciliation Stretch – Embedding reconciliationA Stretch RAP is focused on implementing longer-term strategies and working towards defined measurable targets and goals. Organisations are required to embed reconciliation initiatives into business strategies to become ‘business as usual’.Elevate – Leadership in reconciliationElevate RAP organisations have a strong strategic relationship with Reconciliation Australia and actively champion initiatives to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and create societal change. Organisations are required to have greater transparency and accountability through independent assessment of their activities. Why do organisations develop them?Reconciliation Plans make a difference.   Throughout Australia the RAP framework is enabling workplaces, educational institutions, government and community organisations to contribute to reconciliation by fostering and embedding respect, building and encouraging relationships and developing opportunities or services to improve socio-economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.  By developing a RAP organisations can;Drive reconciliation through practical actionsFormalise organisations good intentions by committing to reconciliationEnable staff to develop greater cultural awareness strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islandersBuild a more dynamic and diverse workforceGain access to new markets and better engagement with existing marketsEnsure more effective and relevant service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.Join a dynamic, supportive and fast growing network of organisations committed to reconciliation WorkPac Group Reconciliation Action PlanMarch 2019 will see the launch of our second Reconciliation Action Plan.  In the last two years The successes we have seen throughout our RAP journey have been very rewarding. Sharing these successes with our local communities and within our organisation, allows us to build our team’s knowledge, skills, and cultural understanding and foster both respect and opportunity.At WorkPac Group we are in a unique position to reach communities all over Australia, and are committed to ensuring that all members of the communities in which we operate are given the opportunity to participate in employment and further develop and acquire new skills. Our reconciliation action plan outcomes are underpinned by producing greater employment and training outcomes as well as being more involved with community engagement events and activities.We will now strive to reach a new level of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Our interaction and involvement from multiple parties including local Traditional Owners, Indigenous Ambassadors and Aboriginal Health services will continue to improve.The development of our RAP is through great collaboration across all our teams and the understanding and respect for each other stands out as the main drivers in achieving employment and training outcomes.  We look forward to further solidifying our relationships with all our stakeholders and we are thankful for the assistance and support provided by all our staff across Australia in ensuring our commitments made are delivered in full.Our RAP now forms part of the fabric of our entire organisation, it is a key part of our culture and we endeavor to continuously improve on how we can make a meaningful contribution in the communities we operate in.  For an update on what we achieved during our 2017/2019 RAP click here 

Understanding Danger Tags and Out of Service Tags on equipment

BY: Tracey Mesken09/03/2019

​Works sites are busy, hectic places.  Employees are constantly moving around undertaking their various roles and tasks.  The use of Danger Tags and Out of Service Tags helps to ensure the safety of all the employees on site at any given time.  So, what do these tags mean for you?​Danger TagsA danger tag is designed for your personal protection.Many of our employees roles involve the operation of heavy machinery and other types of dangerous equipment and because of this, danger tags are needed whenever there would be a possible risk.Danger tags must be attached to the main isolating switch, valve, or similar of equipment whenever there would be danger posed to someone if that switch was turned on.If during your course of duties, you come across a danger tag that prevents you from carrying out your duties, please stop work immediately and report your findings to your supervisor.You must not under any circumstances remove the danger tag, tamper with the danger tag or attempt to operate the machine that the danger tag relates to.Your supervisor will be responsible for conducting any on-site removal policies of the danger tag if deemed necessary.Out of Service TagsThe Out of Service tags indicate a piece of machinery that is not to be used until the nominated component has been repaired.  Out of service tags do not replace or mean the same as danger tags.When to Place an Out of Service TagIf you come across equipment, machinery, power tools, etc that are faulty; orIf an item is inoperable or unsafe or if it’s continued use would cause further damage or create a hazard.Always apply the tag in a prominent place for all other personnel to clearly see.  For example, a tag at the bottom of a ladder is not easily seen by someone who may proceed to climb that ladder.Removal of an Out of Service TagOnly the following personnel can remove this tag from a piece of equipment:The person who completes the repairs or component replacement; orThe supervisor upon satisfaction that the equipment is now safe and operational. This is general information only, please consult with your site supervisor for site specific safety procedures.WorkPac is focused on Zero Harm, the safety of our people is our absolute priority.  To report an injury please call us on 1300 967 572

WorkPac announced as finalists for WIMARQ/QRC 2019 Resources Awards for Women

BY: Tracey Mesken08/03/2019

​The awards are being run by Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) and the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) in celebration of International Women’s Day.​WorkPac are proud to be attending the WIMARQ/QRC Resources Awards for Women as finalists for the Excellence in Diversity Programs & Performance award.The Women in Resources Awards seeks to recognise the individuals and organisations who are helping break barriers towards gender equality in the sector.Julian Genn, national manager for WorkPac’s Indigenous division JobTrail, said the nomination is the result of one of our more recent initiatives with a client.“The mining industry has been historically male dominated, with women only accounting for 15.7% of the workforce in Australia”“Alongside our internal goals as a business to rise above that average and deliver pathways for women to enter male dominated fields, we’ve also been fortunate enough to work with clients who are equally committed to fixing the gender disparity in the sector”“We are proud to be working with our clients to help them reach their gender equality goals”“To help them reach their goal we coordinated an all-female intake of twenty new to industry haul truck operators”“The JobTrail team were closely involved in the recruitment process, as all the candidates put forward were Indigenous”Mr. Genn, WorkPac, and the JobTrail team, are looking forward to attending the awards and meeting with the other nominees today.“Regardless of the outcome, being named as finalists is a positive indication that we are heading in the right direction towards our aim of creating a more fair and inclusive future”.“There are a lot of outstanding individuals and companies up for awards this year, in our category we are up against another client so I’m really looking forward to attending the breakfast and meeting the people leading change within our industry”The Resources Awards for Women are behind held on the 8th of March. For more information on the awards, head here.

Meet Kym, one of our dump truck operators at Clermont Coal

BY: Tracey Mesken01/03/2019

​Did you know that currently only 16.7% of those working in mining across Australia are female?​We know that’s a number that can and must be improved, which is why we’ve taken part in many initiatives with both our clients and independently to play our part in changing the industry, with our percentage of female employees in mining sitting above the national average at 21%.Mining has always had a pretty blokey image, however, the industry is starting to change. Each year the opportunities for women to build careers in the industry are increasing. One such woman is Kym, one of our employees out on site at Clermont Coal, who is not only a hard-working operator but a devoted mother. Kym’s site manager Samantha caught up with her to talk about working in the mines, and the key to balancing the job with parenthood.What is your background?After leaving school I spent a couple of years as an apprentice carpenter before moving into some sales positions. For the last 5 years I’ve focused on being a mum and being active in our local community with the local fire service and the SES.How do you balance being a mum and working on a mine site?The key is to focus on a plan and get organised. I have to meal prep a week in advance and be ready with school lunches. Letting go of the Mum guilt is the hardest, but I keep telling my girls and myself that my role in mining is benefiting our family and helps us afford the lifestyle we live and the holidays we take. With that, I’ve accepted that there will be good days and there will be bad days. We are very fortunate to have wonderful childcare- my mum looks after our children while we are on shift, so we know that they are in very capable hands. When I’m on night shift I will try to video call the girls before bed if my crib breaks line up. My mum is great for sending through photos and little updates during the day of what their up to as well! Then on days off we try to plan something special as a family to make up for the time away from them.How did you get your start in mining?I am lucky enough to live local and know quite a few people at Clermont coal. A very good friends husband handed my resume into the haulage superintendent at a time they were hiring greenies (new to industry). Within days I was lucky enough to get a call from WorkPac.What do you think are (if any) the main barriers are for women in mining, and how do you think they overcome the setbacks?I don’t believe there are any setbacks for women in mining. There are plenty of women on our site, from haulage, workshop, field maintenance and administration. Working your way to the top will not be an easy or a quick task, but that does not mean it cannot be done. So long as you focus on working hard and presenting yourself in a positive light to other people, you will have a good shot at successfully achieving everything that you want to in the mining world.What do you enjoy about work and why did you choose mining?I love coming to work each day, there hasn’t been a shift I haven’t wanted to be here. I get to be more than just mum. I get to drive 200 tonne dump trucks and get paid for it! Clermont isn’t really a huge place and jobs are very far between. My husband works at Clermont Coal, so does his brother, my sister and her husband, so I guess it’s the family tradition now.What is your 5-year goal?Our five-year goal is to still be here in Clermont and chipping away at those financial goals we set before moving here. I would love to be multi skilled on equipment by then and be part of the Emergency Response Team. One day I aspire to be a leader in our industry, showing women that anyone can do and be whatever they want.