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Mackay Nude Lunch to honour founder Trudy Crowley with sell out event

BY: Tracey Mesken17/09/2018

​Now in it’s third year running, the event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer.​When Mackay Local Trudy Crowley received the news in 2016 that she had late stage ovarian cancer, she chose to build something positive from the circumstances and that same year the Nude Lunch was born; an evening of drinks, dining and entertainment that would both create awareness and raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia.Trudy sadly passed away in late August of this year, and WorkPac would like to offer our condolences to her family, friends, the event organisers, and all those in the Mackay community and beyond who connected with her story.Her legacy will carry on through the Nude Lunch, which raised over $100k in its first two years running; a success that looks set to continue with this year’s event, which has sold over 700 tickets.The money raised from the nude lunch has gone towards Ovarian Cancer Australia, who both fund research and offer support services for those diagnosed and their families.With approximately 75% of women being diagnosed at an advanced stage, these support services are vital.The money raised has also gone back into the local community, with two palliative care beds having been purchased for the Mackay Hospital.The event is being presented by major sponsor Dalrymple Coal Bay, in addition to sponsorships from local businesses and companies operating within the community, including WorkPac Mackay.The Nude Lunch is being held on the 21st of September 2018 from 11am to 5pm at Old Mulherin Park at Mackay Marina.For more information on the event check their websiteTo learn more about Ovarian Cancer or make a donation, visit the Ovarian Cancer Australia page And to learn more about Trudy Crowley and her legacy, you can view Channel 7 Mackay’s tribute video here

Fire Protection

BY: Tracey Mesken03/09/2018

​Fires are often preventable disasters that can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, production losses, the loss of jobs and the loss of lives.​The basic elements necessary for the production of fire are fuel, oxygen and an ignition source. Prevention means keeping any of these three elements away from the other two.Everyone has a vested interest in fire prevention in the workplace and there are many simple things that you can do to minimise this risk.Various first aid and back-up fire fighting facilities are available on all sites.  Make sure you are familiar with all the fire fighting appliances and check procedures with your site supervisor.  If you come across any equipment that is empty or faulty, please inform your supervisor immediately.  If you do discover a fire, extinguish it if possible, then advise your supervisor.  If you cannot extinguish it, raise the alarm immediately.  Never use conductive extinguishers, such as water or foam, on electrical fires.You must never interfere with this vital equipment:  Fire hydrants, hoses, and extinguishersThis equipment is exclusively for the fighting of fires and nothing else.

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.​​

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 workpac.com:​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.

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

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 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.

Reduce The Risk: Falling

BY: Tracey Mesken25/07/2018

​At WorkPac, safety is our top priority. Falls are a common workplace injury and can be serious, so it's important to follow correct procedures to make sure you stay safe.​If you want to learn more about WorkPac's commitment to Safety, you can view our webpage, and to read through the latest industry codes from the Working at Heights Association (WAHA) head here.To understand the risks and check that you're following the right procedures to stay safe, check out our infographic below.