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Oct 22, 2020
New laws proposed over casual miner quandary

New laws proposed over casual miner quandary

The Federal Government intends to introduce legislation to Parliament this year to give casual miners doing de facto full-time work the right to convert to permanent employment. Queensland Senator Matt Canavan and Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen revealed the plan in a joint statement today. They said Attorney-General Christian Porter had written to Mr… This content is for iQ In...

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Oct 14, 2020
Axe falls on 100 jobs at troubled coal mine

Axe falls on 100 jobs at troubled coal mine

Anglo American will cut about 100 jobs at the Grosvenor mine, five months after an explosion that injured five men and brought longwall operations to a halt. Expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies have been open at the site for the last few weeks. CFMEU Mining and Energy district president Stephen Smyth has used the… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ Civil,...

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Sep 25, 2020
Positive Townsville workforce trends

Positive Townsville workforce trends

Townsville region has seen a lift in workforce numbers, but there is concern for what’s around the corner as JobKeeper, JobSeeker and bank mortgage relief fall away. TP Human Capital director Clayton Cook and local economist Colin Dwyer say the Federal Budget next month must include some reassurance that borderline household incomes won’t destabilise Townsville’s… This content i...

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Aug 31, 2020
Union hails Senate win on ‘permanent casual’ jobs

Union hails Senate win on ‘permanent casual’ jobs

A key mining union has welcomed Senate support for a motion calling on the Morrison Government to crack down on the widespread use of ‘permanent casual’ employment in mining. The motion noted the rapid growth of ‘permanent casual’ employment in mining and called on the Federal Government to withdraw from a WorkPac High Court case on… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal,...

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Aug 20, 2020
Energy companies seek next generation of talent

Energy companies seek next generation of talent

Applications open on Friday for more than 80 apprenticeships Queensland-wide with energy distributors Ergon and Energex in 2021. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said 86 apprentices would be employed across 41 depots from Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast and west to Mount Isa and Longreach. Some of the apprentice positions available include electrotechnology… This content is for iQ I...

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Aug 17, 2020
Have a plan to survive FIFO

Have a plan to survive FIFO

A former high performance AFL coach has lent his experience to the world of fly-in, fly-out. John Toomey is about to publish a book called ‘Mastering the FIFO Lifestyle’. John has form as ‘wellness thought leader’, having been the Richmond football club’s high performance coach during the ’90s. He has drawn on a range of… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal...

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Aug 13, 2020
Geoscientists buck the COVID-19 jobs trend

Geoscientists buck the COVID-19 jobs trend

Employment rates for Australian geoscientists have improved in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Nationally, unemployment decreased in the last quarter to 8.6 per cent from 10 per cent in the March quarter, according to the latest Australian Institute of Geoscientists report. Underemployment fell to 17.4 per cent from 18.1 per cent in the same… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ ...

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Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian… This content is for iQ Industry Queensland, iQ Coal, iQ Geo, iQ Mi...

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Aug 10, 2020
Projects roadmap to ‘unlock the North’ and create jobs

Projects roadmap to ‘unlock the North’ and create jobs

Peak NQ economic development group Townsville Enterprise has launched a roadmap to ‘unlock the North’, listing key local projects to help power the nation’s economic recovery. The Unlock the North: Townsville North Queensland Projects and Policies document was developed with TaskforceNQ and the regional councils of Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, and Pal...

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