Category Archives: Workforce Projects


Workforce Planning from Adelaide, South Australia to Austin, Texas

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Have you ever had an experience that takes a little while to digest?  An experience with some many wonderful things that it can be challenging to know where to start?  And just starting means reviewing your ‘notes’ on social media, turning insights into blogs, following up many emails and proactively suggesting what comes next.

IMG_7896To top off a remarkable SXSW 2017, meeting Lee Rector, Director, Texas Workforce Investment Council, Office of Governor Greg Abbott for discussion over lunch was outstanding. Read More


Smart cities, internet origins, gig economy, Artificial Intelligence, new jobs and the future of work at SXSW 2017

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Smart cities discussion over a breakfast session, focused on GIS, housing, transport, access, equity and workforce development with colleagues from @texas_univ @acltv and links with the work being undertaken by the City of Adelaide @AdelaideSmart.


A well timed tweet resulted in a connection and chat with @scraigwatkins Professor, Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas Austin to talk about collaboration opportunities. Read More


Human connections enhanced by gamification, block chain, pod casting, space, self driving cars and bots at SXSW17

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Human connections at the SXSW registrants lounge with fellow South Australians, and human-focused design, taking boring content and turning it into games whilst changing behaviour, featured in a framework for actionable gamification in the first SXSW interactive session.

Like Waze’s snake monster where user generated content beat the traffic – this approach could work well for the Real Day Out (RDO) and so could Collection Sets at RDO stops.IMG_7697 Read More

42% of Tasmania’s agriculture workforce – Gen Y’s by 2020

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Agriculture in Tasmania is an important industry.  There is a high level of confidence in the state’s industry, best known for its food safety and clean, green production systems.

Agriculture, forestry and fishing accounts for almost 10% of Tasmania’s GDP (compared to around 2% nationally) and is the state’s largest sector.  Dairy, and the state’s share of national milk production, has also grown steadily over the past 10 years.

Tasmania’s cooler climate and higher rainfall also benefits the state’s stone fruit and viticulture opportunities.  As forestry investment schemes come to an end, new doors have opened for land to return to agricultural production. Read More


Economic blueprint to attract talent to Northern Australia

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The Government has released their vision for turning Northern Australia into an “economic powerhouse” in the next 20 years.

Katherine GorgeThe $1.2bn plan outlines a $600 million roads package to improve routes to the north, a $200 million Water Infrastructure Development fund and a $75 million Co-operative Research Centre.  Boosting links with the broader Asia-Pacific region will be a focus on the centre and money will be pumped into tourism, to attract investment in the region. Read More

Implement a successful SMART Training Needs Analysis

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Developing a SMART Training Needs Analysis is essential for shaping clearly defined expectations for an employee.

It fosters clarification around communication between team members and senior management, and provides employees with a robust sense of purpose on what is expected within their role in supporting employers to achieve their strategic goals.


A Training Needs Analysis (TNA) framework draws upon a skills matrix and is used to support workforce planning, personnel reviews, and career & succession planning.  Any gaps are built into each employee’s plan with the results aggregated to information an employer’s training budget and workforce plan.

This blog summarises pivotal points of a TNA framework including guidance on applying some of the conversational techniques that mean the process with be positive and smooth.

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10 BIG Workforce Capability Initiatives announced in Federal Budget 2014 #budget2014

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Press release Friday, May 16th, 2014 – Workforce BluePrint

Investing in the workforce, improving work culture and boosting productivity are priorities for the Federal Government in their 2014 budget.

“The announcement of 10 big workforce initiatives indicates a shift to workforce engagement, productivity, transition and retention with major workforce capability development programmes to be rolled out over the next 4-6 years”, says Wendy Perry, Head Workforce Planner at Workforce BluePrint.

“A combination of investment in areas of growth like rail and road projects, regional development and diversification for sectors like automotive and defence is critical if Australia’s unemployment rate is to remain steady at 6-6.25%.  This is the rate that has been used as the basis for planning by the federal government out to 2015-16 and I’m concerned that it’s not realistic”, Wendy points out.

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National Workforce Development Fund – Suggestions for Improvement

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Building on the National Workforce Development Fund – Fundamentals blog this post makes suggestions for improvement.

The first suggestion relates to the name of the fund.  It’s called the National Workforce Development Fund when in fact it only funds training and assessment of whole qualifications and some Training Package endorsed skill sets.


Workforce Development is a much broader concept, seen as an umbrella term for strategies that bridge the gap between the current workforce and the desired workforce forecast.

So in its current form a more appropriate title is probably the National Training Fund, however I think its name should be retained and what is funded should be broadened.  Using ‘workforce development’ language, and then only funding training and assessment, confuses enterprises, partners and Registered Training Organisations. Read More

National Workforce Development Fund – Fundamentals

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$700 million has been made available by the Australian Government over 2011-12 to 2015-16.  Organisations can identify their current and future training needs based upon the business goals and outcomes they are aiming to achieve.

Where organisations may have whole of workforce needs, Skills Connect Programs, including the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF), Workplace English Language and Literacy, Investing in Experience, Australian Apprenticeship Mentoring, and Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships can support development needs.

NWDF fundamentals

Reading case studies is a good way to see what has been funded in the past and download Skilling Your Business.  The quick reference guides are useful and subscribe to The Bridge for the latest news and changes on Skills Connect.  It is important to know how the fund works. Read More

Human Resource Development and Workforce Planning in Bhutan

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Landing in Paro, Bhutan and then being driven to Thimphu late afternoon on Monday 4 February 2013, colleagues Nelson Salangsang, Manager-International Projects, Office of Commercial Services, Queensland University of Technology and Rod McShannon from Busy at Work had already met with the Permanent Secretary, Director and key staff from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources.

The Kingdom of Bhutan is land locked and bordered by China and India on the southern slopes of the Himalayas.  Weather was cool especially overnight and I noticed the difference with the altitude.  Views were of mountains, streams and agricultural, village landscapes.


Whilst the program was similar to that delivered in Maldives there was a slightly different emphasis.  Read More