Friday, October 7, 2022

Australia Post lends a hand of support to 356 Aussie community groups

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Australia Post announced grants of up to $1,000 each to support 356 community groups, celebrating local community connections. The community groups will share $350,000 for projects like community gardens, arts and crafts workshops, and volunteer training, after being nominated by their local postie, Post Office worker or Australia Post team member. 

FWX shows drop in gender equality but improvement in superannuation

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Progress to gender financial equality reversed in the March quarter despite a significant win in superannuation savings for women which saw the gender gap narrowing by the most in over a decade, according to the latest Financy Women’s Index (FWX). The FWX is a quarterly index of the economic progress of women and timeframes to gender equality in Australia.

WGEA study reveals women more likely to live in poverty in retirement

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The inequality in superannuation balances as well as the entrenched gender pay gap means more women than men are likely to spend their retirement in poverty, according to government research. Research from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) shows that more elderly women than men are living in poverty in Australia and are also more likely to re-enter the workforce following retirement, often due to financial constraints. 

Former Police chief Christine Nixon named Chair of Leadership Victoria

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Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Christine Nixon AO, APM has been appointed Chair of Leadership Victoria, marking a significant milestone for the not-for-profit social enterprise at a time when strong leadership has never been more essential.

Australia’s rising cost of living is impacting consumer behaviour

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Toluna’s Global Consumer Barometer Study is an index that taps into a community panel of 40+ million members providing accurate and timely information on the world’s current perceptions. The latest surveyed 1,000 respondents in Australia between 23-29 March 2022. The key findings show that Australia’s rising cost of living is impacting consumer spending. The increased costs of groceries, in particular, is forcing Aussie shoppers to make changes to their weekly shop. These changes include dropping their favourite brands in favour of generic ones, shopping around to find the best deals, and buying in bulk in order to save money.

The Society of Publishers in Asia casts 2022 journalism awards finalists

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The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), a Hong Kong-based non-profit firm dedicated to pursuing excellence in journalism, announced the finalists for the SOPA 2022 Awards (full list). Global, regional and local media outlets submitted over 750 entries in English and Chinese. SOPA is celebrating the 40th anniversary since its founding in Hong Kong in 1982. The annual awards recognizing great journalism in the Asia Pacific region have been given out every year since 1999. This year’s winners will be announced on June 16 at the virtual SOPA Awards Gala and live-streamed on SOPA Asia’s YouTube channel from 7pm Hong Kong time.

WLA renews grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait leadership development

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For a fifth straight year, Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) has renewed attendance grants to support leadership development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia. Valued at over $60,000 in total, the grants will be offered to current and aspiring women leaders to attend a national series of Symposium events focused on the experiences of women in the contemporary workforce. There are a total of 32 attendance tickets on offer for the ‘in-person’ Symposiums and 18 tickets available for the online Symposium. 

IPA announces Scott Hargreaves as the successor to John Roskam

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The Board Chairman of the Institute of Public Affairs, Geoff Hone, announced that Scott Hargreaves has been hired Executive Director, to replace John Roskam on 1 July 2022.

Meet the man on a mission to end the homelessness epidemic in Australia

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Leading Australian businessman, entrepreneur, author and renowned philanthropist Chris Christofi has embarked on an ambitious campaign to break the all time donation record for this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout, setting the lofty goal of raising $250,000 for charity. Mr Christofi, founder and CEO of property investment and finance group Reventon, will partake in his 5th Sleepout. The event will be held at the Port Melbourne Timber Yard on 23 June. Chris aims to donate $250k to help improve the homelessness epidemic in Australia.

The right whites can make or break job openings for African migrants

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Racial hierarchies are hindering African-born migrants from securing meaningful employment in South Australia, according to new research by the University of South Australia. The research was conducted in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, researchers found that knowing the ‘right’ (white) people was vital to securing a job; without this, African migrants often found themselves locked out of the employment market.