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  • Mining boom not over, just shifting into a new phase, says Industry Department chief economist

    30-Apr-2015
    Australia's mining boom is far from over, insists federal Department of Industry and Science chief economist Mark Cully. He said the local resources sector was rather entering what would be the longest phase of the boom, albeit not the most lucrative. His optimism is at odds with gloomy signs for resources that have abounded this month, including Atlas Iron's announcement it was suspending production and Treasurer Joe Hockey's warning that iron ore prices could fall as low as $US35 a..

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    Lacoa's New Database System is Live

    30-Apr-2015
    I don’t think anybody would argue the importance of a database that is accurate, user friendly, accessible and intelligent. As Lacoa Workforce grew in 2014 it was evident that we were outgrowing our existing system. Once state of art, our database had become very labour intensive and of course this translates into slower response times to our candidates and clients. We needed a system than could manage our business well into the future, with all the functionality and ‘bel..

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    Is your resume compatible with modern recruitment?

    25-Aug-2014
    The use of applicant tracking software by employers to source and shortlist prospective candidates’ resumes is not new. However, learning about this technology can maximise your chances of being contacted by the recruiter for the jobs you are applying for. When you prepare your resume for applicant tracking software to read, you want it to be scannable. A scannable resume has plenty of facts for the artificial intelligence to extract – the more skills, relevant key words and..

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    Recruitment Companies want locals to fill mining positions

    06-May-2014
    DESPITE a push by mining giants towards 100% fly-in fly-out (FIFO), there are still jobs in the industry for locals and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) candidates. Recruitment companies advertising those jobs online maintain they are better for both the workers and the regions. Lacoa Workforce director Paul Nagle said large contractors that serviced these regions had found the margin for FIFO had decreased and now were advertising for local applicants only. Mr Nagle said when the ..

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    Recruitment Companies want locals to fill mining positions

    06-May-2014
    DESPITE a push by mining giants towards 100% fly-in fly-out (FIFO), there are still jobs in the industry for locals and drive-in drive-out (DIDO) candidates. Recruitment companies advertising those jobs online maintain they are better for both the workers and the regions. Lacoa Workforce director Paul Nagle said large contractors that serviced these regions had found the margin for FIFO had decreased and now were advertising for local applicants only. Mr Nagle said when the ..

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    SEEKING DUAL TRADE ELECTRICIANS

    10-Apr-2014
    We have 60 positions available for EXPERIENCED Dual Trade Instrumentation Electricians. Current Electrical Licence FIFO Accommodation & Meals provided 4/1 Roster 6 day week/58 hours Upcoming Project 6-12 month duration If you fit the above criteria, submit your resume to recruit@lacoa.com.au or submit online...

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    Having a few beers is good for you!

    01-May-2013
    Yes, I said it. Not the usual thing you would hear from a HR & Safety professional….they normally have the big stick out, hands on hips and wagging the finger at you. Be very sure though, I’m not advocating abuse or misuse in any way, I’m just saying having a few social beers with your colleagues at the end of the day can have some real benefits. Mining is one of the most heavily tested industries for drug and alcohol use, with some companies testing every employ..

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    New Mine to go Ahead in Springsure Creek

    30-May-2013
    Mining company Bandanna Energy said it will proceed with a coal project in central Queensland’s Bowen Basin despite a slowdown in the resources sector. The company is hoping to start production from a new mine at Springsure Creek, south of Emerald in 2015. Managing director Michael Gray said Springsure Creek’s coal reserve is high quality and costs are towards the lower end. He said the high Australian dollar and lower coal prices will not impact its plans. T..

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    Queensland Still Tops Mining Investment

    30-Apr-2013
    Respected US mining advisory group Behre Dolbear has rated Australia as the leading destination for mining investment for 2013. Behre Dolbear put a total of 25 countries from Africa, North America, South Africa, Europe and Asia under the microscope. Countries were scrutinised under seven criteria including economic and political systems, social issues affecting mining, delays in receiving permits due to bureaucracy, corruption, currency stability and competitiveness of tax policy. ..

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    Temporary staff solutions, the workforce of the future.

    22-Apr-2013
    Recent studies have shown that the majority of APAC businesses are predicting growth for the next 12 months even in this cautious labour market. There is still a strong sense of optimism with 61% predicting growth and only 5% predicting decline. Demand is widely expected to increase mid 2013. With this though comes the corollary that only 40% expect to increase employee numbers. While it has become common practice to expect workers to do more with less, the consequences can be counter..

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    The Top 5 Safety Risks In Mining - Communication

    15-Apr-2013
    A recent whitepaper released by Australian Mining has outlined that the top five safety risk in mining are: human error, communication, vehicle and machinery operation, explosives and hazardous materials and fire. It doesn’t matter what your role is or where you are working, if you are on a mine site you will be affected by these five risks. When managing large workforces in remote locations how a company communicates procedure changes or safety issues is of vital importance. Mak..

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    FIFO? Dongas, Domesticity & Duck Sushi

    22-Mar-2013
    In response to the continuing debate regarding FIFO I would like to draw upon my own experience as a DIDO worker (oh, how I wished I could fly instead!). I spent most of last year driving between my work base in Rockhampton and the sites across Moranbah where we operated. I loved Moranbah, I was always made to feel welcome by its residents and it undoubtedly has the best duck sushi I’ve ever eaten, but would I want to live there permanently? Moranbah was created specifically to h..

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    MySuper - What Is It & are Your Payroll Systems Ready?

    19-Mar-2013
    If you believe the Federal Government’s public relations campaign, MySuper will deliver the equivalent of Nirvana in superannuation – low fees, strong investment performance, financial security and a worry-free retirement. While it is not compulsory until 1 January 2014, as of 1 July this year, super funds will begin offering MySuper and employers are required to increase SG contributions by 0.25% to 9.25%. The problem is they have not fully informed the hundreds of thousands of..

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    The Top 5 Safety Risks in Mining

    04-Apr-2013
    A recent whitepaper released by Australian Mining has outlined that the top five safety risks in mining are: human error, communication, vehicle and machinery operation, explosives and hazardous materials and fire. It doesn’t matter what your role is or where you are working, if you are on a mine site you will be affected by these five risks. A considerable factor in human error is fatigue, and therefore fatigue management becomes a crucial part in managing this risk. To t..

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    There's an App for That!

    10-Apr-2013
    Last week the mobile phone turned 40, hard to believe! While they were pretty scarce back then and many of us resisted the urge to look like yuppies by buying them, they number of mobile phones on the planet actually outnumbers people. 900 million smartphones are projected to be sold this year. While I’ve always loved my mobile phones, I did resist the move to a smartphone…that is until I realised I could add music, audio books and apps. So here’s a list of my favo..

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    FIFO Cancer of the Community - Parliamentary Report

    21-Feb-2013
    The release last week of the FIFO report as a result of a Parliamentary enquiry labelled "FIFO as a cancer on the community." Rather strong words which we think are meant to draw attention away from the benefits of FIFO. Whilst we don't disagree that smaller communities need closer attention and a better way to capture statistics to ensure government investment in the increased services required to adequately cope with the transient influx, we do disagree with the premise of the repor..

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    Industry Confidence Rising

    15-Mar-2013
    Optimism is returning to the resource sector after the slow down experienced in the first and second quarters of the financial year with the introduction of the carbon tax and the mineral resources rent tax (MRRT). GVK has only days ago sealed a deal with Aurizon to develop a rail and port line for the Galillee Basin operation, Aquila is already constructing a new longwall mine next to Peak Downs and has announced the potential for a second longwall. In the booming gas industry Arr..

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    Interesting Employment Facts about the Australian Resources Boom

    04-Mar-2013
    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) released interesting figures last week in the Industry Dimensions of the Resource Boom (http://www.rba.gov.au/publications/rdp/2013/2013-02.html) research paper that indicated the resources boom is having a bigger impact on employment than previously thought. Steve Knott, AMMA (http://www.amma.org.au) CEO, reminded everyone just how much the mining industry, oil and gas industry, and allied construction sectors contribute to the Australian workforce and th..

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