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'Tis the season to be working

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APG is Expanding Operations

Maintenance Engineering Logo RGBAPG is proud to announce that we have expanded our services and offerings in to a new venture that we believe will become a fast-growing service to new and existing clients. Welcome to APG Maintenance and Engineering, a new division of APG.

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Keeping it Local: Hiring Local Builds Community

Keeping it Local: Hiring Local Builds Community

The mining industry has always been known for its uniqueness, especially regarding how their workers travel to job sites across the country. Mine workers come from all over Australia, and given that most mines in Australia are in remote rural areas, workers need to get to their job by way of plane.

As the commodity boom started to ramp up around 2003, the mines started to operate seven days per week, 24 hours a day, and shifts started to stretch out toward 12 hours a day. With record profits rolling in, the companies could justify flying their new workforce between the city and the mines, and had to offer strong incentives to lure people into a new profession .Commonly referred to as FIFOs (Fly-in-Fly-Outs), these workers would be ferried to the various locations they had been rostered for.

At the peak of the resources boom in 2011, experts estimate that more than 100,000 people were working in fly-in fly-out jobs across Australia, but that remains a guess, as the Australian Bureau of Statistics does not keep precise measurements of the industry .

Yet companies like Hume Coal are looking at the more immediate vicinity when it comes to labour hire. From an excerpt on their website they state:

The Hume Coal Project will be investing in the local economy by providing an estimated 100 full time equivalent employees during the first year of operations, rapidly increasing to 300 jobs.”

But there are more benefits to hiring local, than just creating more jobs, even though that is one of the major ones. On such benefit is keeping families together.

Due to the rural location of many mines, and the lengthy shifts workers are required to work, most will live on site during their ‘roster’. Rosters range from eight days on with six days off (8/6) to shift splits like 9/5, 14/7, 14/14 or even four weeks on, one week off .

Hiring workers locally, means they will be able to see family and friends on a regular basis, without the need to wait days, or weeks, before seeing them again. Being closer to family and friends greatly contributes to the
well-being of mining workers.

One of the biggest benefit for locals and the company, is to build and nurture a community. On their site Hume Coal states:

We will be engaging with local secondary and tertiary education institutions to improve career prospects for local people and those expressing employment interest in the Project. We will build skills of local students and apprentices in advance so that they will be able to participate in the Hume Coal Project.

In rural areas and communities where jobs are scarce, having education programs set up that increase the opportunity of employment is highly beneficial. Students will learn skills that directly relate to mining job opportunities, and in return, the company will have access to highly trained workers for the foreseeable future.

The other significant benefit to hiring local is the socio-economic boost to the community. When an area becomes desirable due to work opportunities, people will move to the area just to be closer. If there are not enough houses, then land will be purchased, and builders contracted to build. Businesses will move in to service the needs of the community, while councils will receive land rates and taxes to put towards growing infrastructure. What once seemed like a desert, now becomes a thriving oasis.

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight: The Benefits of Transferable Skills

The Lion Sleeps Tonight: The Benefits of Transferable Skills

The Elizabeth, SA Holden plant made headlines recently as the 7,787,675th vehicle rolled off the production line, marking the end of car manufacturing in Australia. The shutdown began in 2013.

A Holden spokesperson said about 800 employees had transitioned from the factory since it announced in December 2013 that the company would withdraw from Australian manufacturing. Of those workers, 71 per cent have found jobs, 8 per cent have retired, 4 per cent are in full-time study and 1 per cent are full-time volunteers .

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The (Many) Benefits of Temporary Workers

The (Many) Benefits of Temporary Workers

Almost one-quarter (23%) of Australian employers say they now employ temporary or contract staff regularly with another 44% using them for special projects or workloads.

The ABS estimate there are one million independent contractors, or about 9% of those employed nationally, up from about 980,000 five years ago.

The employment landscape is showing a gradual, shift towards the use of temporary and contractual employees. What helps this shift is Australia’s changing attitude towards temporary and contractual work, which is a great benefit for businesses across the country.

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The growth of Aquaculture in Australia opens opportunities for regional workers

The growth of Aquaculture in Australia opens opportunities for regional workers

Australia is well known for fresh seafood, however along with an increasing population, seafood demand has increased considerably over the last three decades. Currently, Australia’s consumer demand for seafood exceeds the supply from domestic production and continues to grow. 

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Labour hire in the Atherton tablelands for Harvest Season

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Fresh is best – Australia’s love affair with healthy on-the-go convenience meals continues to grow


The humble sandwich has come a long way since being invented by the fourth Earl of Sandwich over two hundred years ago. Indeed, the sandwich was the original convenience food as it enabled the fourth Earl of Sandwich to continue to pursue his passion for gambling, without having to leave the gaming table to take meals. However, the development of the pre-packed sandwich industry is a more recent phenomenon.

The On-The-Go food category grew 18.5% in 2016 and is valued at $465 million in Australia.

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Convenience retailers are responding to changing shopper habits and the Australian market is beginning to resemble further developed global markets with a wide range of healthy options for the on-the-go consumer.
Busy lifestyles mean that people are shopping less often and increasingly buying breakfast and lunch ‘to go’ - with 21% of metro Australians eating lunch at their desks.

Rising health consciousness has also supported strong demand for fresh and healthy convenience foods. As health becomes more of a priority for many Australians the introduction of healthy, fresh, ready to eat food options, such as wraps, sushi, sandwiches and salads, is a key opportunity for convenience retailers.

New manufacturing and packaging technology has been crucial in the dramatic growth of the commercially prepared sandwiches market. Packaging innovation has and continues to aid sales via lengthened product shelf-lives and providing greater convenience to the consumer.

Extended shelf-life has meant that sandwiches can be produced centrally and distributed over long distances to various retail outlets. Developments in manufacturing technology have improved the quality of mass produced sandwiches and facilitated large volume production at minimal unit costs.

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According to Sarah Kneebone from Play Market Research, millennials are driving the demand as they seek out fresh and healthy alternatives to traditional fast food.

“Millennials are eating out more often and looking for quality, fresh food options – on the go. Going forward, convenience retailers will need to expand or improve On The Go offerings, to win over this generation of consumers.

Jeff Rogut, CEO at the Australian Association of Convenience Stores commented on the future of the industry.
“The short- and long-term outlook for the convenience industry in Australia is undeniably positive and the 2016 results underline the value proposition of convenience stores in the Australian retail landscape.”

“The continuing evolution of retail generally necessitates an unwavering focus from our retailers and suppliers to continue to evolve their offering to meet customers’ needs.”

APG supply labour hire to many of Australia’s leading producers of high quality, fresh convenience food. Contact us today for more information.

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Local Round Up – Cotton Growing in the Riverina

Local Round Up – Cotton Growing in the Riverina

The Riverina region of NSW produces over one-quarter of all fruit and vegetables produced in NSW and is also one of Australia’s largest exporters of bulk wines. Agriculture is the backbone of the Riverina’s economic prosperity and the region is often referred to as Australia’s Food Bowl.  

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Summer job? Best time to start looking is now

Summer job? Best time to start looking is now

Short term labour hire is an ideal way for businesses across Australia to fill any gaps due to increased staff annual leave as well as increases in business activity due to the seasonal peaks such as Summer and Christmas.

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Investment in Australian manufacturing given a well-deserved boost by Visy Australia

Investment in Australian manufacturing given a well-deserved boost by Visy Australia

Manufacturing in Australia isn’t dead, rather it has been going through a period of change and restructure. Recent movements by some of the industry’s biggest players proves there are still plenty of opportunities to invest in Australia’s onshore manufacturing.

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Smart Cities – Will they change the way we work?

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Local Round Up - Spotlight on Devonport TAS

A thriving agricultural industry is key to Tasmania's future and the Devonport region sits at the centre of this. Devonport processes about 350,000 tonnes of Tasmanian-grown vegetables each year.

The two biggest agricultural products in Tasmania are milk and potatoes, which are worth a combined $450 million every year, and make up nearly half of Tasmania’s total agricultural production. Meat production is also significant with twice as many specialist beef cattle farms as dairy farms.

Tasmania has three times the national average of vegetable farms per state, and according to the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, the total value of Tasmanian vegetable production industry is about $239 million, grown on nearly 14,000ha and 1142 farming properties. The five most valuable commodities are traditional ones: green peas, hops, carrots, onions and potatoes, attracting big processors to the state, including a McCain Foods potato processing factory at Smithton and two Simplot frozen vegetable plants at Devonport and Ulverstone.

The food, agriculture and fisheries industries in Tasmania employ 18,300 people. The state’s 2,330 farm businesses generated a gross value of agricultural production of $1.485 billion – up from $1.438 billion in 2014-15. 

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Victorian State funded infrastructure projects injecting millions into local economy


In May this year we saw the Victorian state budget deliver detailed plans to spend $22 billion on infrastructure over four years, creating 100,000 new jobs in the state.

Jobs Vic underpins the Government's approach to economic growth and public infrastructure investment. Through the Major Project Skills Guarantee the Government has made a commitment that all publicly funded works contracts, valued at or over $20 million (inclusive of GST), will be required to use local apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the total estimated labour hours.1

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Sydney’s second city set for marine revitalisation


Newcastle is a town known for its resilience. The east coast city has an ability to get back up fighting after being knocked down. Steelmaking had been synonymous with Newcastle for 84 years and the closure of BHP’s steelmaking plant in 1999 represented a watershed in Australian industrial, economic and social history. The fallout of which saw some of the highest rates of unemployment in Australia at the time. 

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Australia’s retail landscape sees growth in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics


The expansion of overseas retail brands Costco and Aldi have seen an increase in the need for specialist temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics to service them. And with the launch of Amazon imminent in Australia, the need for temperature-controlled 3PL could see another growth phase.

More than twice the size of Woolworths and Westfarmers, Amazon’s revenue is bigger than any of Australia’s biggest retailers.

Globally, there has been a massive increase in the billion cubic feet of temperature-controlled warehouses. The Global Top 25 currently operates 3.86 billion cubic feet (109.57 million cubic meters) – an 8.13% increase from 2015.1

International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) President & CEO Corey Rosenbusch talks about the growth in the industry. “The increase in capacity reflects continued consolidation and growth of the global cold chain industry. As our members expand into non-traditional sectors such as fresh and customised supply chain services, capacity will steadily increase.”

While North America dominates the cold chain market with a 40% share in global market in 2014, the highest compound annual growth is expected in the Asia Pacific region.

In Australia, the Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Association of Australia Ltd (RWTA) represents both the warehousing and transport sectors involved in the storage, distribution and transportation of temperature controlled products in what is known as the Australian Cold Chain.

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National infrastructure surge set to boost employment across Australia

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Australia is seeing a surge of rail, road and infrastructure projects kicking into gear as budget has been given to support large scale projects across Australia.

Called the most ambitious infrastructure spending in a generation1, the Turnbull government will directly fund rail and road projects across the country and take full control of building a second international airport for Sydney.

The budget provides an additional $20bn in capital spending — on top of $50m announced last year — for transport infrastructure. The most high-profile infrastructure commitment is $5.3bn investment over 10 years, to build a new Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. The government is hoping to fast-track the project so it can start commercial operation of the second Sydney airport for all domestic and international aircraft by 2026.

The Western Sydney Airport will support 3231 direct jobs and 8115 indirect jobs during construction, and 20,070 during early operation. Long-term estimates show it could support up to 117,850 jobs by the early 2060s, including 61,500 direct jobs.

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Getting the best out of your labour hire partner


As a labour hire company, APG are in the job of supplying the right candidate for short or long-term positions. Different to the traditional recruitment process where our involvement would finish once we have supplied the candidate, APG continue to be a part of your business and involved in the administration processes for the worker under a ‘labour hire’ agreement.

Under this agreement, the staff provided are employees of APG, effectively ‘on hire’ for short or long-term positions. Most importantly, and valuable for your business is the fact that your labour is not hired directly by you, but rather are employed through APG. That means we take care of recruitment, onboarding, insurances, administrative tasks, payroll, superannuation and associated elements.

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Increase in mining jobs in Australia


Recent Seek data has shown that mining and manufacturing jobs have started seeing growth in 2017 after limited growth in previous years and quarters.

SA and WA have led the increase in jobs growth, with SA showing manufacturing, transport and logistics roles on the increase while WA showing positive signs of the mining, resources and energy economy returning with 12.7% jobs growth year on year. Seek has also reported that the start of 2017 in WA has seen an advertising increase of 70 per cent in job roles in the mining and resources sector compared to the same period last year.

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APG –Proud Sponsor and Award Nominee of regional Queensland Training Awards


Each year, the Queensland Government celebrates and awards the state’s top training achievers, with individuals and organisations recognised for best practice, success, and innovation in vocational training and education (VET).

This year, APG is a proud sponsor and honoured nominee of the awards for the South-East region, an area that APG is very familiar with through our regional office. APG is sponsor for the Equity VET Student of the Year Award, recognising an individual who has overcome significant barriers or disadvantages to participate in Vocational Education and Training.

As well as being a sponsor of the award, APG has also been nominated for the Large Employer of the Year Award, which recognises a large enterprise that has achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training with 200 or more full time equivalent employees. APG is honoured to be nominated for the award by Nortec, a long-time client of APG in south east Queensland.

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