A study of international workplace performance and flexibility has ranked Australia 50th out of 51 countries for productivity growth, and 34th for economic performance.


The report is the result of a joint research program designed to develop a Global Index of Workplace Performance and Flexibility between the Australian Human Resources Institute and the United States Society for Human Resources Management. Professor Wayne Cascio of the University of Colorado Denver took an advisory role for the study. It aims to show how each nation ranks as a place to operate a business productively, fairly and flexibly.


The report is available here.

Recruitment for the remaining Murrumbidgee CMA chair position is underway and will be advertised shortly.

The board of Unitywater has appointed of George Theo as CEO. Mr Theo has been acting in the role since May this year and previously held the role of Chief Operating Officer where he played a pivotal role in Unitywater’s establishment.

Redland City Council is recruiting a new CEO, following its decision in June not to renew the contract with Gary Stevenson when it expires at the end of the year.

The Victorian Government’s State Services Authority is seeking a new CEO.

The Australian Energy Research Institute (AERI) at UNSW has appointed George Maltabarow – an energy specialist who previously headed up Ausgrid, Australia’s largest electricity network - as its inaugural Chairman.

Richard Van Breda has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Government owned electricity generator Stanwell Corporation Limited.

Iron ore miner, Grange Resources, has appointed Richard Mehan as CEO and Managing Director, replacing Russell Clark who resigned recently.


Mr Mehan has over 30 years’ experience in the resources industry, largely in iron ore and has held a number of senior positions including the CEO of Portman Ltd and Jupiter Mines Limited. He spent 15 years with Rio Tinto iron ore in a range of commercial roles including sales and marketing, business analysis and development and bulk shipping. In 2011 Mr Mehan was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Jupiter Mines Limited.

Long serving CEO of Shipping Australia Limited (SAL) Llew Russell has announced he will depart the roll at the start of next year, after serving in the position since the organisation’s inception in 2001. 

Westpac has announced the appointment of John Harries as the company's new General Manager, Strategic Marketing in its Australian Financial Services (AFS) division.

The Victorian Government has announced applications are now open for positions on the board of the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

Toby Marchant has announced his departure from paper merchant PaperlinX following the sale of its operations in Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Serbia to the Heinzel Group for €19.6m

The Commonwealth Bank is set to follow in the footsteps of its competition after it announced it will freeze the pay of around 400 senior staff, including CEO Ian Narev, in a bid to ward off potential job cuts.

MHM Metals has announced the appointment of Phil Thick as the company’s new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, with Frank Rogers stepping down to assume the role of Technological Director in a continued executive board position.

Australian Broadband Services (AusBBS) has announced the appointment of Ian McGregor as non executive Chairman and Andrew Kent as non executive Director and technology strategy advisor.

Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, has announced the appointment of tewo new Board members for Commercialisation Australia and enhanced support for the manufacturing sector under the program.

Former Chief Defence Scientist Professor Robert Clark has been appointed to the newly created Chair of Energy Strategy and Policy at the University of New South Wales.

The Queensland Government has announced Bryan Lowe as the new Chief Executive Officer of Screen Queensland.

The Queensland Government has announced the appointment of Glen Dawe as the new Chair of Queensland Rail.

Mining giant Rio Tinto has announced a series of changes to its senior management team after chief financial officer (CFO) Guy Elliot announced he will retire at the end of 2013, while remaining on the company’s board.

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