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SEEK data shows job ads are up 6.6 per cent— and where the most jobs are across Australia - NEWS.com.au

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says a new centre for excellence is in a 'prime position' and help create 5000 new jobs by 2023

It’s good news for jobseekers in every state and territory. Picture: Supplied

IN good news for Aussie jobseekers, available work has increased by 6.6 per cent in the past year.

The latest data from SEEK reveals 6.6 per cent more new job ads listed on the website this April compared to last April, with every state and territory recording growth.

South Australia leads the pack with 18.4 per cent more job ads year-on-year, followed by Western Australia with 12.7 per cent.

SEEK Australia and New Zealand managing director Michael Ilczynski says SA’s figures mark 25 consecutive months of positive advertising trend growth for the state.

It is fuelled by trades and services roles (up 34 per cent year-on-year), manufacturing, transport and...


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Service survey positive - PS News

Access Canberra accesses popular vote

Service survey positive

A new survey has revealed that Canberrans are increasingly satisfied with their service experience across three Access Canberra channels: service centres, the Contact Centre and the website.


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Greyhound racing to continue despite ACT government's plan to scrap industry - The Canberra Times

The Canberra Greyhound Racing Club will continue to operate with or without support and funding from the ACT government, a spokesman said.

However lobbyist Kel Watt said the current high animal welfare standards  could be comprised if the money was taken away.

The Canberra Greyhound Racing Club will continue to operate with or without support and funding from the ACT government. The Canberra Greyhound Racing Club will continue to operate with or without support and funding from the ACT government. Photo: Jay Cronan

The ACT minister for regulatory services, Gordon Ramsay, has reiterated his decision that there was "no future" for the industry in Canberra.

After July 1, more than $1 million in funding would be cut from the club and redirected to the transition program to assist workers to re-skill, as well as re-home and care for the greyhounds, a spokeswoman for the minister said.

A report into the transition options for workers and dogs was handed to the government this week.

The ACT initially...


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Indigenous Program Producer - ArtsHub (subscription)

The NGA is seeking a talented Producer with strong coordination and communication skills for the role of Indigenous Program Producer. This diverse and exciting role delivers the suite of programs under the Wesfarmers Arts and NGA key Indigenous Arts Leadership Program.

Our ideal candidate:

  • is highly motivated with a positive outlook,
  • has experience managing multiple projects,
  • is a strong relationship builder,
  • has worked in the arts and culture sector, and
  • relishes the opportunity to continually refine and develop the National Indigenous Arts Leadership Program.

The Indigenous Program Producer also works as part of a team in the production and delivery of educational and public programs for Gallery audiences.

This is a full-time non-ongoing employment opportunity available until the end of January 2019. Further information about the position may be obtained by contacting Cara Kirkwood...


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Australian power networks win fight over $2.2 bln in revenue - Nasdaq

Reuters

MELBOURNE, May 24 (Reuters) - Australia's biggest power
distributors on Wednesday won a court fight that could earn them
close to A$3 billion ($2.2 billion) more in revenue over five
years, boosting the prospects of recently privatised Ausgrid and
Endeavour Energy.
    In a decision that will stoke concern over soaring power and
gas bills, the Federal Court ruled against a push by the
country's energy regulator to force electricity networks in the
state of New South Wales and the nation's capital Canberra to
cut their charges over the five years to 2019.
    "This decision is disappointing for New South Wales and ACT
(Australian Capital Territory) electricity and gas customers
overall. It may also have implications for customers in other
states," Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Chair Paula Conboy
said in a statement.
    The federal government, under pressure from...

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Man charged over Australian Christian Lobby explosion - OUTinPerth

Police in the Australian Capital Territory have charged a 36 year old Canberra man with arson and property damages offences in relation to an incident that occurred at the headquarters of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) in December.

Yesterday the police announced that they had delivered a brief of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions and finalised their investigation.

Police described the incident as “a car fire and property damage”, a statement that has upset the Australian Christian Lobby.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton responded to the latest development criticising the way the police have described the incident.

“I am also concerned that the police continue to refer to the incident which blew out thick glass windows on the ground floor and first floor of our office as a ‘car fire’.” Shelton said in a statement.

Speaking to SKY News, Shelton said he was still...


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Public schools face funding cuts if Gonski 2.0 is blocked, Birmingham warns - The Guardian

The education minister, Simon Birmingham, says the government is not bound to increase funding in all cases, although that is not its preferred option. Photograph: Dan Peled/AAP

Public schools in some states and territories could face funding cuts if the Turnbull government’s Gonski 2.0 plan is blocked because they do not have binding agreements locking in yearly increases, Simon Birmingham has warned.

Speaking to Guardian Australia’s politics live podcast, the education minister suggested the government could revert to funding levels in last year’s budget and noted it was not bound to increase funding in all cases, although that is not the preferred option.

His comments raise the prospect that if the bill were blocked state schools in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory could face frozen or lower funding growth than states...


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Read more: Public schools face funding cuts if Gonski 2.0 is blocked, Birmingham warns - The Guardian

King Island locals start petition to secede from Tasmania - The Flinders News

TAS: A petition to secede from Tasmania is being drafted by a group of King Islanders.

NO MAN'S AN ISLAND: A group of King Islanders are drafting a petition to secede Tasmania and join Victoria. Picture: Getty.

NO MAN'S AN ISLAND: A group of King Islanders are drafting a petition to secede Tasmania and join Victoria. Picture: Getty.

Hell hath no fury like King Islanders in the grips of a shipping crisis.

Following countless shipping setbacks that have resulted in a shortage of beer, pending fertiliser deliveries and future uncertainties, a group of King Islanders have formed a committee to draft a petition to secede from Tasmania and join Victoria. 

King Islander Jill Munro said the two petitions are being drafted: the first will go to the Premier of Tasmania calling for the mayor and general manager to be stood down, an administrator put in place and the King Island shipping group re-established.

In the event the problem is not sorted, a second would go to the Prime Minister and the Queen calling for...


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Canberra risks losing its character altogether: former planning head Tony Powell - The Canberra Times

Self-government has been a slow death knell for Canberra, which now risks losing its garden city character altogether, a former commissioner of the National Capital Development Commission says.

Tony Powell, who has become a vocal critic of planning and development in Canberra, says the ACT government is incapable of improving the dishevelled state of the city and doesn't know how to develop a plan for the Woden town centre.

Tony Powell at the site of the 'incongruous' Westside container village last year. Tony Powell at the site of the 'incongruous' Westside container village last year. Photo: David Ellery

The National Capital Authority and the ACT planning authority had "virtually ceased to exist" because of cuts to staff and expertise, leaving ACT planners focused not on planning but on processing development applications, he said.

The Land Development Agency appeared to be "running its own race", and where the Territory Plan didn't suit the agency, it simply...


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Canberra public servant admits he embezzled $28000 from ACT Public Trustee - The Canberra Times

A Canberra man who defrauded nearly $30,000 from the ACT Public Trustee shifted the money to contractors he knew in the Zimbabwean community for work that never eventuated. 

Donald Tawanda Savanhu's deceptive scheme fell apart when a suspicious paper trail revealed a string of dodgy transactions and broken promises in 2014. 

Donald Tawanda Savanhu, 37, of Ngunnawal, leaves the ACT Magistrates Court in 2015. Donald Tawanda Savanhu, 37, of Ngunnawal, leaves the ACT Magistrates Court in 2015.  Photo: Michael Inman

Savanhu, 37, was among four men police charged in 2015 after an extensive probe into allegations $1.65 million had been embezzled from people whose assets the government body held in trust.

He pleaded guilty in the ACT Supreme Court on Monday to 11 fraud offences, arising from 36 fraudulent transactions that amounted to $28,654, between March 2011 and January 2014. 

Savanhu, of Ngunnawal, initially pleaded not guilty and was set to face trial this...


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Read more: Canberra public servant admits he embezzled $28000 from ACT Public Trustee - The Canberra Times

Legal Aid ACT says up 32 asylum seekers in Canberra at risk of deportation - The Canberra Times

Legal Aid ACT is urgently trying to contact up to 32 asylum seekers in Canberra who face deportation under the federal government's new protection visa deadline.

Legal Aid ACT's migration clinic coordinator Zouheir Dalati said the new deadline would impact about 7500 asylum seekers nationwide, but there were potentially up to 32 in the ACT who had not yet received legal support.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton previously said the October 1 deadline was targeting "fake refugees". Immigration Minister Peter Dutton previously said the October 1 deadline was targeting "fake refugees". Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

"If you know anyone in the community who arrived here by boat between 2012-13, please let them know they have a place to go," Mr Dalati said.

"They have until October 1 to lodge their application."

Mr Dalati said Legal Aid ACT would supply pro bono legal support to help asylum seekers complete their applications.

"The support we do in this space means that no asylum seekers in this...


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Read more: Legal Aid ACT says up 32 asylum seekers in Canberra at risk of deportation - The Canberra Times

Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Friday May 26, 2017 - The Canberra Times

Put away the binoculars; it's Friday and the weekend is in sight.

After this fog, we are heading into a partly cloudy day with a peak temperature of 17 degrees and light winds.

From new low-cost flights to departures at the APVMA and the weekend in sport, we have you covered.

Good Morning and Good Luck.

Electric stretchers to be trialled in the ACT

News A night out with the ACT Ambulance Service. Photo: Rohan Thomson The Canberra Times

ACT Ambulance Service paramedics using a normal, un-powered stretcher. Photo: Rohan Thomson

A non-urgent patient transport vehicle set to join ACT Ambulance Service in June will be Canberra's first to have a powered stretcher instead of a manual one, Clare Sibthorpe reports.

Tiger Air to launch Canberra to Brisbane flights

A Tigerair Australia spokeswoman said the airline's pregnancy policy stated passengers who are 30-34 weeks pregnant need a medical certificate.

Tiger Air Australia is promising three weekly return flights between Canberra and Brisbane by September. Photo: Paul Rovere

After an initial $10 sale, the fares for the flights could be as low as $109, Michael Gorey...


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Read more: Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Friday May 26, 2017 - The Canberra Times

ACT Ambulance to trial electric stretchers in effort to reduce injuries - The Canberra Times

Canberra's ambulance service will trial electric stretchers as it looks to slash the alarming rate of back injuries suffered on the job.

A non-urgent patient transport vehicle set to join ACT Ambulance Service in June will be Canberra's first to have a powered stretcher instead of a manual one. A second electric one has been ordered for training during the eight-week trial.

Back injuries represented 42 per cent of all accepted ACT Ambulance Service compensation claims from 2011-2016 Back injuries represented 42 per cent of all accepted ACT Ambulance Service compensation claims from 2011-2016 Photo: Rohan Thomson

But paramedics stressed the need to skip a trial and follow other jurisdictions in re-fitting all ambulances with powered stretchers, expressing concern more serious injuries could occur in the meantime.

Two thirds of ACT paramedics' accepted compensation claims from 2011 to 2016 were for musculoskeletal injuries suffered as a result of lifting and transporting patients. Back...


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ACT Brumbies stick with combinations for Super Rugby clash ... - The Canberra Times

Rotation or combinations? That's the question ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham had to answer this week after breaking a six-week winning drought to revive the club's Super Rugby hopes.

In the end Larkham decided to stick with a winning formula for the first time this year, keeping his game-day squad together for a clash against the Argentina Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

Match winner: Brumby Tom Banks against Southern Kings at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Match winner: Brumby Tom Banks against Southern Kings at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Photo: Gallo Images

Tom Banks and Aidan Toua will continue their fullback-wing partnership after both scored crucial tries against the Southern Kings in South Africa last weekend.

Rookie Andrew Muirhead keeps his place on the bench after making his debut last weekend while prop Ben Alexander will equal George Smith's record as the most capped player in Brumbies history.

Larkham has adopted a rotation policy this season in a bid to...


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Read more: ACT Brumbies stick with combinations for Super Rugby clash ... - The Canberra Times

Canberra Matters: exploring problem gambling in the ACT - ABC Local

HARMFUL gambling can affect any one of us.

It does not care about socio-economic background, ethnicity, gender, or location – but the damage it can inflict can be debilitating; can ruin relationships; trash trust; and have devastating financial impacts.

On ABC Canberra, we’re exploring matters affecting our community, that don’t often get aired.

I think it is crucial that we have these conversations in a frank and respectful way, that illuminates the challenges and asks those in power to consider solutions.

This is not about calling for gambling to be banned, or for a nanny state – I do not want that.

What I want, is for those doing it tough and those supporting them, to have their voice heard.

The microphone remains available for anyone from any side of this debate to share their views.

Dan Bourchier, ABC Canberra


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ACT Budget 2017: Extra psychologists for Canberra schools - The Canberra Times

Five extra school psychologists will be introduced into Canberra's public school system per year over the next term of government, education minister Yvette Berry says.

$2.36 million will be set aside in the June 6 budget for first five of 20 school psychologists ACT Labor promised prior to last year's election.

Twenty extra psychologists will be hired for Canberra public schools over the next four years. Twenty extra psychologists will be hired for Canberra public schools over the next four years. Photo: Louie Douvis

Ms Berry said the extra mental health expertise would ensure Canberra schools were places that "not only teaches students, but also supports them".

"These psychologists will be allocated to the areas of greatest need and will respond to our growing awareness of the need for a proactive approach to mental health and student wellbeing in our schools," Ms Berry said in a statement.

"The new psychologists will complement the existing numbers of school psychologists...


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ACT public service grows graduate program as APS jobs pool shrinks - The Canberra Times

Job-hungry graduates are lining up for a growing pool of entry-level roles at the ACT public service while federal departments shrink their intake of young jobseekers.

The number of applicants for ACTPS graduate roles rocketed to 1200 in 2015 and 2016 from 750 in 2014, figures from the territory's government show.

Access Canberra deputy director-general Dave Peffer with artsACT graduate officer Clair Reidy. The ACT public service's ... Access Canberra deputy director-general Dave Peffer with artsACT graduate officer Clair Reidy. The ACT public service's graduate program has steadily grown in recent years. Photo: Rohan Thomson

While the ACT public service will hire 56 jobseekers for its 2018 graduate program, which will stop taking applications on Wednesday, it employed 39 in 2014.

Graduate positions at federal departments have contracted by 5 per cent to 1134 in three years.

ACT government graduates are earning more, taking home a base salary of $66,600 compared to a median figure of $60,100 for those...


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Federal budget health spending high for the ACT: Zed Seselja - The Canberra Times

ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja says this month's federal budget confirms a 60 per cent increase in health funding to the ACT since the Coalition returned to government in 2013.

Figures from 2013-14, the final year of the Rudd-Gillard Labor government, show the ACT received $233 million under the national funding agreement for health spending, growing to $340.80 million in Scott Morrison's second budget this month.

ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Senator Seselja welcomed the growth under Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull as admissions to territory hospitals grew by 7 per cent last financial year, but Labor said the comments didn't take into account population growth or indexation.

"The ACT government needs to be doing more to ensure the funding they receive from the Commonwealth is spent efficiently and effectively,"...


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NSW Parliament votes to keep abortion in Crimes Act - Lawyers Weekly

Efforts to reform 100-year-old laws that make abortion criminal in the state of NSW have been defeated.

The New South Wales Parliament has voted down a bill to change sections 82 to 84 of the state Crimes Act and decriminalise abortion in the state.

Yesterday, the Abortion Law Reform (Miscellaneous Acts Amendment) Bill 2016 was defeated with 25 MPs voting against the proposed change.

The vote means that NSW continues to be the only state in the country to preserve abortion as a criminal act, with proposals to reform relevant laws in Queensland before Parliament.

Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT have all enacted legislation to legalise the medical procedure.

The Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) issued a statement ahead of a scheduled debate of the bill in the NSW Parliament on Thursday. The group said that the law, which the Parliament has now voted to preserve, means that...


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Service survey positive - PS News

Access Canberra accesses popular vote

Service survey positive

A new survey has revealed that Canberrans are increasingly satisfied with their service experience across three Access Canberra channels: service centres, the Contact Centre and the website.


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