Bunnings Warehouse – age-friendly employer of choice

My friends and colleagues know I am a great fan of Bunnings Warehouse and their commitment to mature employees. There’s not a week goes by without me extolling the virtues of this age-friendly employer, or referring mature job seekers/ prospective employees to their website. I heard a story this week that reinforces my view. I …

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Activetics Congratulates Vic Roads

 The team here at Activetics would like to congratulate Vic Roads on recently being recognised in the 2013 AHRI Diversity Awards; recognising excellence in age diversity initiatives and programs in the workplace. Wayne Bishop said; “It is great to see a long standing partner rewarded for their commitment to mature age employees”. VicRoads is committed to …

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The New Retirement Workscape

Is retirement retiring? This is a great article from the Huffington Post. It is clear that as people start to ‘retire’ or start to think about finishing formal work, they are considering remaining active with a mix of both work and leisure. Have a read…. Kristine Gatt WCD – Workers’ Compensation Solutions

Work Health and Safety Legislation Amendments in Queensland

Amendments to Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws came into effect on 16 May 2014. These amendments implement findings from the Queensland Government’s review of national model WHS laws which commenced in Queensland on 1 January 2012. These amendments include changes to: • WHS entry permit holders giving notice on entry to workplaces • Class …

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2014 Budget – Pension Age Increase and Other Pension Reforms

Qualifying Pension Age Increases   The Age Pension qualifying age will continue to increase by six months every two years, such that it will reach a qualifying age of 70 by 1 July 2035. This measure will not affect those born before 1 July 1958. The following table sets out the Age Pension eligibility age …

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Mature Age Worker Tax Offset Abolished

The mature age worker tax offset (MAWTO) will be abolished from 1 July 2014. This measure is estimated to have a gain to revenue of $760m over the forward estimates period. A 2012/13 Budget measure began the phase out of the MAWTO from the 2012/13 income year, limiting it to taxpayers born before 1 July …

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The 25 Best Sectors To Be In For the Next 20 Years

Source: BRW - 24 March 2014 Deloitte has tipped the 25 highest growth sectors of Australia’s economy for the next 20 years, which the professional services firm expects will add $400 billion to gross domestic product over that period. As the current growth wave of mining subsides, what Deloitte dubs the ‘fantastic five’ sectors of gas, agribusiness, …

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WorkCover Laws in SA – Overhaul Given Top Priority

A complete rewrite of WorkCover laws that aim to support workers to return to work and save South Australian business millions in annual premiums will be introduced into Parliament before July with the expectation the scheme will be operational by mid-2015. The new Recovery and Return to Work and Recovery Bill 2014 will replace the Workers Rehabilitation and …

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UK – Prepare for ‘4G’ age-diverse workforce now, CIPD urges employers


Only 31 per cent of employers have an HR strategy for managing their ageing workforce despite recognition that the UK’s working population is getting older, a CIPD report has found. Businesses need to start preparing for a more age-diverse population now or they risk skills shortages and being at a competitive disadvantage in the future…. …

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The Gallop Healthways Well-Being Index is Updated

The team at Activetics are all great fans of the Gallup Healthways model. While the fundamentals remain the same it’s interesting to see the enhancements they have made to the model in 2014. Gallup-Healthways Well-Being 5™, is based on extensive collaborative research by Gallup and Healthways. The updated Well-Being Index measures well-being with even more power …

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How Employers Can Stay Sane in Challenging Workers’ Comp Climate

This year brings a host of changes in workers compensation of particular importance to businesses, especially in terms of controlling costs. Experts seem to disagree as to which of these changes will have the most impact. However, they all agree on one thing: workers’ compensation insurance is going to be insane in 2014.  In many states, …

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Comcare Lifts Moratorium for Private Corporations

Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz today announced that the Government will lift the moratorium on private corporations seeking to become self-insurers under the Commonwealth workers’ compensation scheme. “The Government is committed to creating more jobs by cutting red tape for employers to boost productivity and creating a stronger economy and more jobs,” Senator Abetz said.   …

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