New partnership to help address skills shortage

MOREE Plains Shire Council has formed a partnership with Workabout Australia to help address skills shortages.

The website helps connect travelling workers and employers with seasonal, temporary and casual labour demands.

Employers can advertise for staff and employees can look for available work on the site.

Economic development officer Mark Connelly said Workabout managing director Warren Williams contacted the council about working with Workabout to ease labour shortages in Moree.

Mr Williams said Moree would be a “highlighted” area on the site, which has more than 3000 members.

Moree and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Debbie Williams said the website helped close the gap in terms of short term workers.

“I had a meeting with Mr Williams and I thought it was a great concept,” she said.

“It covers an area that does not get covered by traditional employment agencies.”

As part of the partnership, local businesses can sign up to have their employer profile on the site for two years at 

half price.

Businesses can advertise for staff for as long and as often as they need to.

Mrs Williams said she hoped local businesses would get involved.

“They will have a good chance of picking up skilled workers travelling in Australia, and that is something desperately needed in Moree.”