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Christine put a hand on a customer's trolley to investigate suspected shoplifting. Then she was punched in the face

The prolonged cost-of-living crisis is continuing into a what is traditionally a period of financial stress, creating fears in the retail sector of increased abuse of workers over Christmas.
There have been long lines in supermarkets in Brisbane today.

Outback mine boss hopeful site will sell as nearly 200 jobs hang in balance

The general manager of CBH Resources believes there could be another six to nine months of production at Broken Hill's Rasp Mine, but more jobs could be lost if it does not sell.
Old mining infrastructure in Broken Hill at the Rasp Mine

How a lawyer's sex work side hustle turned into something much more

Mitch has always been open to new ideas. So when someone suggested sex work, the early-career lawyer decided to try it as a 'side hustle'. It turned into something more.
In an opulent room with ornate chairs, grand piano and golden candelabras, smiling man in black suit leans against piano.

Union criticises BHP for poor communication, transparency, over employee compensation

Six months after BHP admitted to underpaying workers and incorrectly deducting leave, the union has called on the mining giant to directly engage with employees and offer a realistic repayment timeline.
A man in high visibility clothing stands with his hands on his hips in front of an iron ore train.

Love at first flight as nurses take their careers to the extreme

Meet the nurses who are being winched out of helicopters and flying in to help people in some of the most remote parts of the country.
A young woman with dark hair near a helicopter wearing a navy aviation uniform.

Fears skilled migrant visa changes creating workforce shortage worse than during pandemic

Hafeez Ullah has not had a single application for the chef jobs he advertised in regional South Australia after the federal government cut skilled migration numbers and the state government cut a stream for migrants to move outside Adelaide.
A Hazara man dressed in commercial cookery black sits at a table with an empty coffee mug at hand. He's looking at the camera.

Why 'just getting a job' isn't always so simple when you're on Centrelink payments

Welfare recipients are often told to "just get a job". But health, economic and structural challenges mean it's not that simple. 
A white woman with greying brown hair standing in a kitchen with wooden cabinets

From being a hero to drawing one: Retired paramedic now illustrates world-famous Phantom comics

Illustrator Shane Foley traded in his paramedic uniform to draw the costumed crusader, but one thing he won't give up is using pen and paper to bring the world's oldest comic character to life.
A man painting a mural on a large wall. The mural is a giant purple superhero, The Phantom

Recruitment bias shutting diverse candidates with 'huge value' out of jobs, experts say

More than 20 per cent of businesses across Australia currently have at least one job vacancy, but experts say excellent candidates are often overlooked.
a woman with red hair wearing a pink jumper.

Coalition continues Question Time attacks on Labor over immigration detention

In Parliament the Government scrambles to deal with fallout from the High Court's decision making indefinite immigration detention unlawful.
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Duration: 6 minutes 36 seconds

Kalgoorlie parents unable to return to work with childcare waiting lists up to two years long

Families in Western Australia's historic mining city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder have been on waiting lists for childcare placements for more than two years, according to a new survey.   
A child care worker waving her hands to get the attention of young children walking down a hallway.

'Bring his blood from the concrete': Family of 17-year-old apprentice killed in workplace accident speak out

Tyler Whitton was still legally a child when he went to work at a Brisbane construction site for the final time.
Tyler Whitton's family wear shirts with his name on the front

How a timber worker with a disability overcame her fear of career barriers to train colleagues

Kirsten Drier says if she can improve other people's skills and help them out then that's a really good day.
A woman in high visibility clothing works with tools.

New data reveals struggles for part-time workers wanting promotions

New data reveals only 7% of managers across workplaces are employed part-time.
ABC News Current
Duration: 3 minutes 28 seconds

Lack of childcare exacerbating dwindling female workforce in regions

Mikaela Reading loves her job, but she is one of many regional mothers scared her career is being jeopardised by what she calls a "childcare desert" in north-west Victoria. 
Smiling family photo in grain crop

'The end of the line for engineered stone': Bunnings and IKEA to phase out engineered stone products

Bunnings has announced it will stop selling engineered stone by the end of the year, amid calls for a total ban on the product by unions and Safe Work Australia. 
Bunnings store sign

Is your workday filled with meetings? Here's why it's doing you more harm than good

Pushing back against the wave of meeting invitations at work could improve your mood and your productivity. Here's how to go about it.
A tired young Caucasian man with brown hair squints his eyes to focus while holding glasses in hands in a meeting

Rural families unable to work as childcare waitlists stretch years into the future

Parents in regional Australia are waiting years for places at daycare centres to open up, leaving them with the option of quitting work or hiring private childcare. 
A woman sits on a mat with a babies and children playing nearby.

Twenty-hour day for harness racing stables worker before early morning crash

A young harness racing stable worker who did a 20-hour day in the lead up to an early morning crash in which he and four others were injured was on the clock, a tribunal finds, and not — as his employer Ben Yole argued — volunteering and ineligible for worker's compensation.
Car and horse float crash and Ben Yole composite image.

Cold Rock Ice Creamery Shepparton owners convicted of child employment breaches

The owners of the ice creamery pleaded guilty to 16 criminal charges involving breaches of the Child Employment Act, with the magistrate warning the legislation was easy to read and employers needed to educate themselves.
The exterior of a Cold Rock store.

Lambie and Pocock split government's workplace relations bill in the Senate

The federal government's attempt to make a raft of major changes to industrial relations laws this year looks set to fail, after some of the crossbench secured support for a different approach.
Jacqui Lambie, David Pocock sitting next to each other during Senate Question Time.

More than 170 public schools closed across South Australia

SA public school teachers are taking part in another strike, in a bid to push the state government for better pay and conditions.
ABC News Current
Duration: 11 minutes 39 seconds

Prisoners helping to keep outback Queensland town running for more than 30 years

In the outback town of Blackall, low-risk prisoners have been the backbone of community service for decades. They mow lawns, build fences, and paint murals, but can they fill a skills shortage in agriculture?
Prisoner welding at a work bench.

From holding a stop sign to driving trucks, women play important role in industry's future

Vanessa Grady studied to become a dental nurse, but now she drives machinery for an industry ready to embrace women's contributions to construction.
A young woman climbs into a cabin on a large machine

Outback shire hopes modular homes will solve childcare woes

Kununurra's housing crisis is causing havoc with the town's childcare sector, as the local shire reveals plans to attract much-needed workers to the remote town.
a child shovels sand into a plastic bucket