Indigenous Workstars Update 1st April 2020

Woolworths Group Job Opportunities

The Woolworths Group has recently made a commitment to employ 20,000 people Australia wide. This includes 4,700 in Qld.

I encourage all of our members to go to the link below and register your interest as an Indigenous Australian. This will trigger an alert to their Indigenous Employment section who have asked us to assist in filling these roles here in Qld. Once they have applied and registered they must contact us either by sending a text with their name and numbers (Steven Passmore from Indigenous Workstars will call to discuss upon receipt) or by emailing these details directly to myself on the below email address. We will send their details across to the Indigenous Employment Section within Woolies and they will cross-reference with those that have applied.

If members would like any help registering please call Steven Passmore on (0436 009 468) and he will assist them to register online over the phone. If they are happy to apply themselves online please get them to let us know when they have and we can then send their details across to the National Indigenous HR Manager and she will give them a second look.

Please see Woolworth’s site release below. There are positions within the food sector, Dan Murphy’s, Big W and many other companies owned by the Woolworths Group.

Again, if any members would like to register they can follow the link at the bottom of this email or call Steven Passmore directly on 0436 009 468 and he will assist them to register their interest online.


Woolworths Group working to fill up to 20,000 new roles across food and drinks to better meet the ongoing needs of the community:

Friday 27 March, 2020: Woolworths Group will hire up to 20,000 new roles across its supermarkets, e-commerce, supply chain and drinks businesses in Australia over the next month.

The new hires will allow the retailer to better meet the unprecedented demand for food and drinks across Australia. It will also help scale up online operations to support the changing shopping needs of the community as the health crisis continues to unfold.

Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said: “These are uncertain times for many industries and we have an important role to play keeping Australians employed through this crisis. 

“Our top priority as we continue delivering an essential service to the community is upholding customer and team safety through clear social distancing rules and elevated hygiene standards. 

“As we do this, we will have more hours for existing team members and additional roles to fill as we focus on meeting the needs of our customers and communities. 

“These new roles will not only help us better serve the increase in demand we’re seeing in stores right now, but also allow us to scale up home delivery operations in the months ahead.

“Our immediate hiring focus is the redeployment of our ALH team members impacted by this week’s mandatory hotel closures.

“We have already placed around 3,000 of those impacted into new roles across BWS, Dan Murphy’s and Woolworths Supermarkets and will continue to take expressions of interest.

“We’re also preparing to offer up to 5,000 short-term roles to Qantas Group employees taking leave without pay, including more than 1,500 in our distribution centres.”

Woolworths Group is standing up similar streamlined application processes with the likes of Village Entertainment, Michael Hill Jewellers, Cotton On, Accor and Super Retail Group. It expects to make thousands of short-term roles available to employees from these businesses.

Brad Banducci added: “We’re working with a number of customer-focused businesses impacted by recent government measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re hopeful these businesses will bounce back strongly once this crisis passes, and we want to do our bit to help them – and their people – get through the short-term challenge.

“We’re confident the strong service skills and work ethic of candidates from these businesses will be highly transferable to Woolworths.”

Woolworths is also working through thousands of applications already made through its careers website and walk-up applications made in-store.

The vast majority of new roles will be casual in order to provide maximum workforce flexibility to respond to peaks in demand and cover for existing team members who may be unable to work. For those on leave without pay arrangements with other employers, Woolworths will offer short-term contracts.

On 12 March, Woolworths introduced special leave support measures for all its Australian team members impacted by coronavirus, including casual team members.


Woolworths to employ 20,000 people nationwide

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