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The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Dec 2011



The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Dec 2011


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 65 no. 57

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12 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 6 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL Enjoy made-to-order omelettes, pancakes and our delicious buffet breakfast for the special locals price of $15.95 ($12.95 for children 12 and under) BRUNCH @ THE BARRA Ph: 8952 3523 Summer Sundays, 6am til Noon Try our new Summer Men u featuring fres h new fl avour s for Lunch and Dinner Barra on Todd Restaurant, Chifl ey Alice Springs Resort 34 Stott Terrace 3 3 2 3 0 2 /1 2 A S 3 1 2 3 0 2 /1 2 Victims of violence help pays Mluleki Moyo ... a third of all womenexperiencing domestic violence are in paid employment DALE WAKEFIELD, pictured EMPLOYERS in Alice Springs have been urged to support their staff particularly those who are victims of domestic violence. Kay Eade, Chamber of Commerce NT executive officer Central Australia Region, said supporting employees who are victims of domestic violence can save businesses thousands of dollars. She said: A study has proven that domestic violence costs Australian employers more than $190 million per year and Central Australia is no exception. This study shows that women who are subjected to domestic violence have a more disrupted work history, are on lower incomes, have had to change jobs frequently and are often employed in casual and part-time work. Costs to businesses include loss of productivity, sick days and the proposition of retraining new staff due to the women leaving their employment under duress from the perpetrators. Businesses that support women to stay in work not only maintain productivity but also reduce recruitment and training costs. Alice Springs Womens Shelter Coordinator Dale Wakefield says it is the responsibility of the whole community to tackle domestic violence. She said: It takes a whole community to prevent domestic violence, and a third of all women experiencing domestic violence are in paid employment. Alice Springs Womens Shelter is committed to working with the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House to equip employers with the information they need to reduce the impact of domestic violence on their workplace. n A campaign which aims to reduce the impact of domestic violence on the workplace will be held on Thursday at 11am at the Andy McNeill Room. The Safe at Home, Safe at Work seminar is an initiative by the Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse and will be run by Ludo McFerran. To register contact the Alice Springs Womens Shelter at cdt@asws.org.au Festive mood missing in NT NOT all Northern Territory small businesses are in the festive mood this year and some have put a stop to the end of year Christmas bash, according to the latest Sensis Business Index. Report author Christena Singh said business confidence in the Territory declined further during the quarter with concerns about Federal Government policies and falling demand. She said: This is the third consecutive quarter we have seen a fall in business confidence in the Territory, with business confidence now sitting below the national average. The Territory is also the only state or territory to record a decline in business confidence this quarter. While the summer trading period is expected to provide an improvement in profitability and sales, Christmas trading is likely to be down on last year. Overall, 30 per cent of Territory businesses are expecting trading conditions to be busier this Christmas, while 34 per cent are expecting conditions to be quieter and the rest are expecting it to be the same as last year. For those expecting an upswing in Christmas trading, an average increase of 19 per cent is expected. Businesses anticipating a downturn in trading are expecting conditions to be 25 per cent slower than last year. The Sensis Business Index in dicates 54 per cent of Territory small businesses are planning to hold a Christmas party for staff, clients or suppliers this year, down from 60 per cent in the Northern Territory last year. However, some Territory small businesses are still taking a proactive approach to managing the Christmas period this year, particularly in relation to increasing advertising activities. For some businesses, for example in the accommodation, cafe and restaurant sector, it is about gearing the business up for a traditionally busy period of the year. For other businesses, for example in the finance and insurance sector, it is about managing the business through one of the quietest periods of the year. Overall, 22 per cent of Territory small businesses are planning activities to manage the Christmas period, down six percentage points on last year. Increasing advertising is the most popular activity planned (39 per cent), followed by increasing staff (18 per cent) and changing marketing direction (14 per cent). Despite the decline in business confidence, small business support for the Northern Territory Government is unchanged since the last quarter. Social networks warning Brian OKeefe ... beware cyber CV faux pas Mluleki Moyo One in 10employers use Facebook and other social networking sites as a means of keeping an eye on productivity LOCAL prospective employees have been warned against posting careless pictures and comments on social networks. According to new Telstra research, more than a quarter of Australian bosses are now using social networking sites to screen job candidates, with almost half of these employers admitting to turn away job seekers based on something they have seen on Facebook or Twitter. Telstra Country Wide Area general manager for NT, Brian OKeefe, said the research findings are a timely reminder that Territorians need to consider their Cyber CV over the silly season. He said: This new Telstra research has shown that posts, photos and videos shared online not only amuse friends, but can lead to employers making judgement calls that affect careers. While inappropriate social networking behaviour was found to limit employment opportunities, Telstras CyberSafety research also revealed that over a third of Australian employers who screen social profiles have hired prospects based on positive things they have seen. Territorians love the festive season and sharing their memories with friends and family via sites like Facebook, but Telstra recommends job seekers to think twice before posting, tagging and uploading pictures and status updates this Christmas. Mr OKeefe says employers also use social networking sites to monitor production. He said: According to the findings some of the biggest Cyber CV slipups include posting inappropriate pictures with 31 per cent of employers saying this counts against an applicant. Its not just prospective employees who should be considering what their Cyber CV says about them. One in 10 employers use Facebook and other social networking sites as a means of keeping an eye on productivity. Mr OKeefe encouraged job seekers to ensure their publicly accessible social content is positive and professional.

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