Last week’s news that Australia is officially in a recession has already spelled bad news for the community sector, with jobs at risk.

New research from the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work has revealed that 12,000 community services jobs are at risk if the federal government does not maintain its pay equity supplements.

It’s not yet clear whether the government will continue its $576.5 million in supplemental funding to phase in pay equity wage adjustments for federally-supported community services, which is set to expire this financial year.

The concern is that this will be felt by a combination of job losses and wage reductions in the critical community services sector, which includes child care, aged care and disability support services.

“To put up to 12,000 community service jobs at risk, or force community service workers to take a $15,000 a year pay cut in the middle of global pandemic and an economic recession is both heartless and economically self-destructive,” Dr Jim Stanford, director of the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work said.

Building and construction remains a safer spot for job prospects, with the Victorian Government announcing $90.3 million to upgrade and expand pavilions, playgrounds, community centres and other infrastructure in Melbourne‘s fastest growing suburbs, which is expected to create more than 700 jobs .

Job movements –

But in a sign that activity is still strong in strong pockets of the green economy, it was good to see Moreland City Council announce that Donna Luckman former chief executive of Renew has joined the team as Zero Carbon Moreland Campaigns Lead.

Ms Luckman was at the not-for-profit Renew for 11 years including six as CEO.  Renew by the way has just announced its annual Sustainable House Day on 20 September will be an online event this year.

The City of Glen Eira, which services the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, has hired Kim Le Cerf as its new manager, climate and sustainability.

Ms Le Cerf has worked at the City of Melbourne for nine years in various sustainability and climate change roles.

Tim Stewart has joined his brother Iain Stewart as cofounder and chief operating officer of smart airconditioning company Exergenics.

Hydro Tasmania has appointed long serving employee Evangelista Albertini as its new chief executive officer.

Mr Albertini started his career at the company in 1982 and after a stint working on the mainland and overseas in the nineties returned to his roots at Tasmania Hydro in 2002.

He most recently held the role of chief asset management and investment officer and before that chief operations officer, which included responsibility

for the operation, maintenance and capital enhancement of the organisation’s massive power generation infrastructure portfolio.

Mirvac is undergoing a restructure that will see head of retail Susan MacDonald leave the company as the retail division is merged with the commercial division to be headed by Campbell Hanan.

In the expanded position, Mr Hanan will also take on the company’s growing build-to-rent portfolio.

Chief financial officer Shane Gannon is also leaving the company to pursue non-executive positions, chief executive Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz told the AFR on Monday.

The Clean Energy Investor Group (CEIG), which represents domestic and global institutional investors with a combined Australian portfolio value of over $9 billion and a total of 49 assets under management, has appointed former ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Energy Minister, Simon Corbell, as the group’s new permanent chairperson. 

Marilyne Crestias has also been appointed to the position of policy and secretariat manager.

Our pick of the jobs

Engineering services company Aurecon is looking for a sustainability lead, based in Sydney. 

Mott MacDonald is looking for an environmental graduate and interns to be based in Adelaide.

Sydney-based Transdev is hiring an environmental, planning sustainability manager for the Great River City Light Rail.

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