2020 and the year of COVID-19 has had significant impact on Australia’s job market; according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics almost 600,000 Australians lost their jobs in April and this number has continued to rise as coronavirus restrictions have tightened across the country. Australia are now facing one of the highest unemployment rates on record while on the flipside, an average of 340,000 higher education students will approximately graduate this year, with international students accounting for more than a third of those enrolled at universities. These students are eager and ready for work but now face one of the most profoundly uncertain job markets of our time.
There’s a common misconception that hiring new graduates is risky due to their limited work experience and many newly graduated students have experienced difficulty in overcoming this bias to land their first role. Certainly, in today’s current climate the limited companies that are hiring are even more trepidatious in reaching out to students. However, graduates can be a great investment for an organisation and recent research has revealed that particularly within the public sector, opening up the hiring pool to those outside government (including graduates) can accelerate innovation.
Graduates are Enthusiastic
Firstly, graduates bring abundant levels of enthusiasm. Being new to a role and the job market in general, graduates are keen to learn, progress in their careers and set a good impression. A recent study prepared by HAWORTH and WORK COLLECTIV which examined millennials in the workplace (those born between 1980 and 2000), found that millennials have a hunger to get ‘up to speed’ within companies and show greater company loyalty than their international counterparts. This is believed to be the result of an insecure job market and the higher levels of educational debt millennials possess in comparison to previous generations. A key aspiration for many respondents in the study was to secure a house, which could also explain the dedication and commitment millennials are bringing to their first roles, as they know the difficulty they will face in the current housing market to secure property.
Graduates Can Be A Long Term Investment
Secondly, because of their drive and ambition, graduates are anxious to kickstart their career trajectory. By thinking about the long-term needs of your company, hiring a graduate with a lot of drive and potential can be seen as a great business investment. Because of minimal professional experience, graduates don’t have any prior work-habits and thus represent a blank canvas in which a company can train and guide them towards specific managerial roles.
Graduates are Tech Savvy
Finally, new graduates bring with them a wealth of technological experience. Millennials are the first generation of digital natives. The HAWORTH and WORK COLLECTIV study found that their natural competence with technology and the ease in which they can customise it, enables them to adapt, iterate and multi-task well. As they’ve also just graduated, millennials will have the latest market knowledge and can bring with them a fresh perspective and the latest technological tools to approach systems and processes within the workplace.
Graduates Can Help Provide Innovation
This thinking has been reinforced by a recent article from The Mandarin, which highlighted the fact that public sector organisations internationally, are exploring talent exchange programs and deliberately opening up their recruitment processes in order to bring fresh ideas into government. Furthermore, a Deloitte Insights report demonstrated the benefits US federal government agencies experienced (including greater agility and innovation strategy) when altering their expectations for new hires. Australia’s public sector has a reputation of being very insular when advertising new roles, however these findings suggest the benefits in creating an environment that is ‘open to anyone who has the skills, ability and motivation to serve the public good’.
Public Sector People feel strongly about the advantages that new and future graduates can provide, which is why we are excited to partner again with Deakin TALENT, the Careers and Employment Service for Deakin University, which assists graduates in finding roles within councils across regional Victoria. Our consultant Bryony Reid is working closely with Deakin TALENT to help graduates get their resumes in front of hiring managers and assist successful candidates with relevant resources (sample questions and videos) during the shortlisting process.
The program offers a range of opportunities for graduates across multiple disciplines, with the aim to help current and future graduates make a successful transition into the workforce.
“Deakin TALENT are proud to be working with Public Sector People in developing our Deakin graduates into candidates for roles within the regional and metropolitan Victorian public sector. With the support of PSP we hope to educate and prepare our students and graduates for opportunities available for a variety of degree qualifications across Victoria.” – Lauren Murray, Deakin TALENT
If you are interested in finding out more about Deakin TALENT or the graduates we are actively working with, feel free to reach out to Bryony on the details below.
Phone: 0481 708 966
In the meantime Bryony has provided some tips for graduates currently looking to enter the workforce:
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an experienced Finance Coordinator to join a Local Government on a part time, fixed term basis. 26th April - 31st July 38 hours a week Regional South West Competitive daily rate Key Responsibilities: Support strategic decision making by way of efficient and accurate financial reporting Drive initiatives to ensure that all resources are efficiently managed and accounted for Foster a culture of customer service, continuous improvement and best practice outcomes. Ensure compliance with legal and policy requirements Ensure the shire is in continuous compliance with relevant legislation, regulation and accounting rules Manage the General Ledger and ensure all items are materially accurate at all times Safeguards the financial integrity of Council Excels in the delivery of our customers’ service expectations. Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Degree in Accounting, Commerce or Business related discipline. A member of either CPA Australia or the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. Knowledge and managerial experience in Local Government Financial Management or equivalent, with a demonstrated culture of positive customer service and teamwork. Strong interpersonal and written communication skills, including the ability to develop written reports (financial and non-financial) and to support Management in achieving corporate objectives. Demonstrated time management skills including the ability to use initiative and judgement to reach outcomes and to work unsupervised so as to achieve objectives of the department/Council. Demonstrated effective analytical, problem solving and investigative skills to solve complex problems. Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an experienced OHS Policy Advisor to join a Local Government on a part time, fixed term basis. ASAP - 31st December 25 hours a week South Eastern Suburbs Band 6 - $87,879-$95,783, plus superannuation Key Responsibilities: Provide expert-level advice that aligns operational needs with best practice to develop meaningful safety documentation as per the endorsed OHS management system framework Monitor and ensure adherence to an OHS management system development action plan; Develop, update and modify a documented OHS management system that aligns better practices with business needs across the organisation Establish consultative work groups and coach these groups to enable effective consultation and feedback for policy and procedure drafts Incorporate feedback from the consultation process into drafts for presentation to the OHS Committee’s for endorsement Maintain and store all associated records and data as required Track review dates and plan for review of OHS management system documents to ensure they remain current and relevant Requirements Include: The following qualifications and/or experience are required for the position: Relevant OHS qualifications Previous experience in an OHS role Experience in local government would be an advantage Highly developed policy and procedure writing skills Experience in understanding and applying OHS legislation and guidance National Criminal History check Working with Children Check Get in touch for more information! For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an Payroll Officer to join a Local Government on temporary basis. 26th April - 3 month contract Chris21 experience desirable $33 per hour plus super 38 hours week South Eastern Council Please see below for further details: Payroll Officer Accurately processing payrolls Accurate maintenance of employee information, including Superannuation and Leave records Accurate compliance with Council’s Enterprise Agreement and other relevant legislation Further requirements include: Successful completion of VCE or equivalent Working within a payroll environment Interpreting and applying Enterprise Agreements Applying taxation and superannuation legislation Working with HRIS and specifically payroll systems Working with timekeeping systems For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an Safety & Wellbeing Support Officer to join a Local Government on temporary basis. 20th April 6 month contract $35.90 per hour plus super 38 hours week North Eastern Council Please see below for further details: Safety & Wellbeing Support Officer Support initiatives to continuously improve Safety & Wellbeing outcomes and create a culture that promotes accountability and values the wellbeing of our people. To act as an internal consultant and provide support for teams/operational areas for Safety & Wellbeing initiatives. To undertake, as required, audits within Council to ensure appropriate strategies are in place to minimise identified risks, and to increase staff awareness. To maintain databases, prepare and analyse reports and present findings as required to area managers and staff. Provide support for targeted teams/operational areas, improving proactive Safety & Wellbeing activities, processes, and documents on a collaborative basis. Liaise with senior management, co-ordinators and employees to ensure all relevant Acts, Regulations, Codes of Practice and Guidelines are identified and communicated to staff in accessible language. Monitor Council compliance with all applicable Legislation, Regulations and Codes of Practice on an ongoing basis. Facilitate the ongoing review of Safety documentation including risk assessments to ensure control measures are effective in minimising the risk of injury to staff, volunteers, contractors and the public. Further requirements include: Certificate in OHS or WHS (minimum) Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and negotiate with a broad range of internal stakeholders Ability to build awareness, capability and engagement around safety in order to establish a sustainable, ingrained positive safety culture. Experience in the delivery of Safety technical advice, to minimise risk across a diverse workforce Ability to set timeframes and achieve goals Ability to interpret and apply the OHS Act and other relevant legislation, compliance codes, Australian standards and guidance documentation. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an Recruitment & HR Partner to join a Local Government on temporary basis. 12th April - 9th July $45 - $47 per hour plus super 38 hours week Eastern Council Please see below for further details: Recruitment & HR Partner - Heavy recruitment focus Manage end to end recruitment activities across council. Ensuring each recruitment activity is effectively case managed. Including writing ads, reference checks, participating in interview panels, reviewing position descriptions in line with EA requirements Administer and transact a range of HR documentation and Council's systems to recruit, on board and vary employee terms and conditions. Provide thoughtful and accurate first line HR advice to all our stakeholders in relation to HR policy and procedure. Collaborate and integrate with other key stakeholders Experience with chris21, scout ecruitment software and trim would be beneficial, but is not required Further requirements include: Relevant tertiary qualification, or demonstrated experience managing end to end recruitment in both blue and white collar roles A strong customer focused collaborator, able to build strong relationships and support others. Flexible to respond to changing priorities and able to complete tasks within tight timeframes. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an Senior Workplace Health And Safety Advisor to join a Local Government on temporary basis. 12th April - 18th June $52.43 per hour plus super 38 hours week North Eastern Council Please see below for further details: Senior Workplace Health And Safety Advisor Key Selection Criteria: Significant experience delivering contemporary and practical workplace health and safety solutions and providing expert advice. Experience in leading a team to high performance. Expert knowledge of contemporary workplace health and safety issues and practices and the ability to apply these having regard for the environment local government operates in. Ability to build relationships with stakeholders to provide information and educate them on workplace health and safety matters. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including facilitation skills and the ability to prepare reports. Demonstrated ability to complete tasks within tight timeframes and the flexibility to respond to changing priorities. Experience in workers compensation and supporting employees return to work. Sound understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, regulations, and relevant standards. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an Injury Management Advisor to join a Local Government on temporary basis. 8th April - 7th May $56 per hour plus super 36 hours week North West Council Please see below for further details: Injury Management Advisor Develop, review and monitor effective management systems, policies and procedures for occupational rehabilitation. Support management and staff awareness of Worker’s Compensation responsibilities and accountabilities. Coordinate and implementation of workplace injury management policies, procedures and programs. Facilitate the return to work of injured staff. Prepare updates & recommendations on any legislation change for the executive and other relevant parties. Encourage the prompt reporting of incidents and contribute to creating a positive safety culture. Provide support to the organisation to minimise the cost of claims and deliver successful return to work outcomes. Manage all aspects of Councils WorkCover claims Qualifications & Experience: Mandatory: Extensive experience and a high level of expertise in managing WorkCover claims and return to work coordination; Ability to interpret legislation and apply sections of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 Completion of relevant Diploma or Degree or extensive work experience gained in a complex/diverse organisation. Desirable: Experience using CHRIS 21, Elumina and Ascentor data bases. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an Procurement and Contracts Officer to join a Local Government on temporary basis. 6th April - 24th September $39 - $41 per hour plus super 38 hours week South Eastern Council Flexible working from home arrangements Please see below for further details: Procurement & Contracts Officer - Government Experience Essential To assist in the implementation of Council’s Procurement Policy and to deliver Best Value in Council contracts To provide assistance and compliance auditing to ensure that Council’s contract administration processes are followed Well-developed documentation preparation skills and experience in using standard form contracts Analytical skills and experience in tender evaluation, selection and contract management Ensure implementation of and compliance with in all procurement activities Assist the Coordinator Contracts and Procurement (CPC) and departments to determine goods, services and works that can be packaged together to improve Best Value Further requirements include: A recognised tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline and/or substantial experience in procurement and contract management in an environment regulated by policy and statute and where public scrutiny is high Previous experience managing detailed procurement and contract management processes and projects Current Victorian Driver Licence Police Check (valid in last 6 months) - required to be carried out by you For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an Workplace Relations Project Officer to join a Local Government on fixed term basis. ASAP – December 2022 Band 6 - $85,000-$95,783 plus super 38 hours week South Eastern Council Join a growing, progressive and passionate Council, open to flexible working and encouraging development. Please see below for further details: Workplace Relations Project Officer Provide strategic and operational support to the Workplace Relations Lead/portfolio, including but not limited to: Change management and research specific to EBA consolidation and negotiation Project and Employee Relations case management support (end-to-end) Manage correspondence with unions (ASU, ANMF, Professionals Australia & MUWU) Manage the Council's log of claims and the intricacies of drafting and managing the EBA consolidation draft Provide implementation and negotiation preparations (governance, research, reporting, analysis, benchmarking) Undertake real time assessments of current IR landscape and ensure compliance with future state Prepare draft communications for Workplace Relations Lead sign off Support (post EBA negotiations) relevant FW submissions, implementation requirements and ongoing IR education within P&C and broader organisation General EBA support duties (strategic and operational) Requirements include: Working with Children Check (carried out by you if successful) Police Check valid in the last 6 months (carried out by you if successful) For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.
Public Sector People (PSP) are currently looking to speak to an Human Resources - Support Services Officer to join a Local Government on temporary basis. ASAP – 31st August $45 - $55 per hour plus super 38 hours week Metro Council Please see below for further details: HR - Support Services Officer Assisting with all internal queries, e.g. leave quires, payroll Inbox management (shared) Support the recruitment team – scheduling interviews, organising contracts, pre-employment (using E-Recruit) Advisor/supporting the HR BP’s first level Further requirements include: Someone with a HR background / shared service environment. First level support. Is confident and able to use their knowledge/expertise to work with the current team. Their input around the policies/procedures will be valued – using HR knowledge. Understanding and patient – things are done very manually/slowly. But the environment is also fast paced and high volume. High level of integrity, professionalism, takes the lead in some aspects, compliance & process orientated. Change environment – in the midst of a new system implementation “People Connect Project” – implementation of HR solution and new payroll system. Able to maintain the current processed while waiting for the new system rollout For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity or other positions within Local Government, please contact Bryony Reid on (03) 8535 3111.