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The Punnet – June 2016

By June 20, 2016Newsletter
The Punnet

Minimum Wage Increase

As a business owner, you need to make sure you are paying your employees correctly. It is not uncommon for us to come across a business that has unintentionally allowed their wages to slip below the award. After several consecutive years of minimum wage increase, you may have been paying above the award in the past, but that may no longer be the case. Many businesses don’t regularly review their wages unless they employ someone new.

Australian employment laws and awards are complex and, unfortunately, it is easy to get caught out if you do not stay on top of the entitlements you should be paying your employees. Strawberry Seed Consulting can assist you with establishing which Awards apply to your employees, what obligations you need to know and benchmark your current employee wages to make sure you are meeting your minimum legal obligations.

Read more on what to consider with this latest increase in our latest article.

Deakin University – Graduate Recruitment Services

The Deakin University Graduate Employment division has recently established a dedicated team of ex industry recruiters and HR professionals to partner with industry employers to improve Graduate outcomes for Deakin students.

At no cost to your organisation, they can assist you with:

  • Building your employer brand with students online and on campus
  • Promoting your Graduate vacancies on our internal job board
  • Sending targeted emails to specific cohorts of students
  • Accessing our talent pool of Graduating students
  • A full recruitment shortlisting service available for specific roles

Contact Lauren Harris on 03 5247 9510 for more information on this program.

Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health is a state of well being. It is the way we see ourselves, feel about ourselves and the world around us. It refers to our emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual being.  Many of my clients are seeking advice as they encounter issues in the workplace around Mental Health.  Managers struggle to know how to handle the situation and support the employee while still maintaining a safe and productive workplace.

Businesses send employees off to training to ensure that they have a First Aid officer to deal with employees physical well being. A Mental Health First Aid Course is designed to give participants the skills to help someone who may be developing or experiencing a mental health crisis. This is becoming an essential skill set for every business.

There is a Mental Health First Aid Course running in Geelong over 4 nights in the next few weeks. Details can be found below. It is extremely cost effective training opportunity for your business. For more information, contact Shayne Sullivan on 0417 011 192 or email to

Venue: Geelong Natural Therapies, 36 Shannon Ave, Geelong West

Dates: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28th June, Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th July.

Time: 6pm-9 pm

Cost: $250 per participant

Geelong Business Bootcamp – Employer Obligations

Last week Carli presented at at the Enterprise Geelong Business Bootcamp on the topic of Employer Obligations – Essential Policies.  For those that could not make it along, here is a copy of the slides that you may find useful.



Carli Saw

Author Carli Saw

Carli is a Human Resources professional with more than 20 years of experience across a range of industries and a passion for supporting small business.

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