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50 Year low continues as April unemployment rate remains steady at 3.9%

50 Year low continues as April unemployment rate remains steady at 3.9%

The “3.9% is the lowest the unemployment rate has been in the monthly survey,” Bjorn Jarvis, head of labour statistics at the ABS, said. “The last time the unemployment rate was lower than this was in August 1974, when the survey was quarterly.” Male unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points to 4.0 per cent, its lowest level since October

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Barbering Course helps Participants to ‘Shave their own way’

Barbering Course helps Participants to ‘Shave their own way’

Jack is an under-employed freight worker who lives in Boondall. He has a passion for art in all its forms—and a long dormant creative mind. Lauren is an ex-hairdresser turned stay-at-home mum from Collingwood Park whose eldest kids have just started school—prompting the realisation that she is ready to get back to work. They both stumbled upon a BUSY At

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BUSY to deliver Jobs and Skills Centre services in Broome

BUSY to deliver Jobs and Skills Centre services in Broome

Jobs and Skills Centres are “one-stop shops” supporting individuals and businesses to build a skilled workforce. They operate as a State-wide network providing outreach services to business and the community. Jobs and Skills Centres services are free and accessible to all members of the community. The services include: Providing access to quality career, training and employment advice. Servicing a diverse range

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Federal Budget Commits Billions in Vocational Skills and New Apprenticeships

Federal Budget Commits Billions in Vocational Skills and New Apprenticeships

Already investing up to $13bn in the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) initiative which has seen 220,000 Australians enter a trade or skill, the government recently announced an extension to the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements of another three months – now ending June 30, 2022 The government also announced a further $1.3bn investment over the next five years, including a $954 million

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Unemployment rate drops to lowest since 2008

Unemployment rate drops to lowest since 2008

Head of labour statistics at the ABS, Bjorn Jarvis said: “With employment increasing by 77,000 people and unemployment falling by 19,000, the unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points, to 4.0 per cent. “The 3.8 per cent unemployment rate for women was the lowest since May 1974. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for men fell to 4.2 per cent, its second

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BUSY Sisters Supporting Women in Non-Traditional Trades

BUSY Sisters Supporting Women in Non-Traditional Trades

According to a report In 2012 by the Grattan Institute, they found that if there were an extra 6 per cent of women in the workforce, we could add up to $25 billion, or approximately 1 per cent, to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also estimates that closing the gender participation gap by 75 per cent

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BUSY Schools set to open fourth campus in Coolangatta

BUSY Schools set to open fourth campus in Coolangatta

Queensland’s answer to alternative education for disengaged youth, The BUSY Schools, will open its fourth campus in Coolangatta at the Gold Coast this April following the success of campuses opened in Cairns, Shailer Park and Salisbury in 2020 and 2021. The opening of the Coolangatta campus will meet the growing demand for alternative schooling throughout Queensland for the many students

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Decline in Hours Worked – Due to Increased Sick Leave Over January

Decline in Hours Worked – Due to Increased Sick Leave Over January

While the unemployment figure remains at 4.2% in January, overall hours worked in January fell by nearly 9%, largely due to holiday leave in the first two weeks of January but also a large increase in sick leave caused by the impact of the COVID Omicron variant over January. Bjorn Jarvis, Head of ABS Statistics said, “Last year, in January

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November Unemployment Figures Show a Recovery

November Unemployment Figures Show a Recovery

Seasonally adjusted estimates for November 2021: Unemployment rate decreased to 4.6%. Participation rate increased to 66.1%. Employment increased to 13,177,300. Employment to population ratio increased to 63.0%. Underemployment rate decreased to 7.5%. Monthly hours worked increased by 77 million hours. Head of labour statistics at the ABS, Bjorn Jarvis said, “The latest data shows the extent of recovery between early October

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BUSY Partner with The Skill Xchange to Digitalise Trade Workforce

BUSY Partner with The Skill Xchange to Digitalise Trade Workforce

Eden Spencer, CEO and Founder of The Skill Xchange, started the digital platform to ‘digitise the trades industry’ and deliver quicker, easier, and more streamlined access to the skills that business and the wider community need.  His vision for the platform was so that businesses could thrive by having better access to the resources, jobs, and contractors that they needed

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September employment figures show the effect of long lockdown periods

September employment figures show the effect of long lockdown periods

Head of labour statistics at the ABS, Bjorn Jarvis said: “Extended lockdowns in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have seen employment and hours worked both drop back below their pre-pandemic levels. In September 2021, there were 111,000 fewer employed people (0.9 per cent) and 2.0 per cent fewer hours worked than in March 2020.” The drop

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Australian Government Extends Wage Support for Apprentices

Australian Government Extends Wage Support for Apprentices

Already investing $3.9 billion in the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program, which provided 50% wage support for employers putting on a new apprentice or trainee, another $716 million, will be invested to extend support into the second and third year of an eligible Australian Apprenticeship under the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements program. Under the new changes from October 2021, eligible employers will

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Top 4 Reasons to do a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Top 4 Reasons to do a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship

You are effectively in part-time employment and get to ‘earn while you learn’ A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship means that for approximate 7.5 hours a week, you are employed and at work. This is usually during the week in school hours and forms part of your school curriculum, although you may also do more hours over the school holidays or

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COVID Grant Support for QLD Businesses now Boosted with Commonwealth Support

COVID Grant Support for QLD Businesses now Boosted with Commonwealth Support

With the impact of the recent COVID-19 lockdowns again starting to bite, the Queensland government in late July launched another initiative aimed at supporting eligible small and medium employers with a $5,000 grant. With Commonwealth support this has now been boosted to be between $10,000 and $30,000 for eligible businesses. The lockdown grants are available for businesses right across the

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NAIDOC week starts 4th July – let’s celebrate our First Nations people!

NAIDOC week starts 4th July – let’s celebrate our First Nations people!

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.  You can find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week. In short, NAIDOC week is about recognising and celebrating the history, culture and

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TAE Aerospace Gets Jobseekers ‘Ready for Take Off’ in their Careers

TAE Aerospace Gets Jobseekers ‘Ready for Take Off’ in their Careers

With an extensive suite of regulatory approvals and strong Original Engine Manufacturers (OEM) partnerships, TAE Aerospace are backed by a technical workforce with a passion for service and the expertise to deliver. TAE Aerospace have a broad range of clients around the world and offer premium quality products and services in aerospace engineering, manufacturing, turbine engine and component MRO, and

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Industry Training Hub now open to connect local students with careers

Industry Training Hub now open to connect local students with careers

BUSY At Work is providing a full-time career facilitator at 131 Bazaar Street, helping youths develop skills to help them find employment without having to leave the region. The hub services the Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Gympie, Bundaberg and Burnett regions. Mr O’Brien said the hub is one of ten training hubs being trialled across Australia as part of a $50.6 million

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Nominations Open for VIC Early Years Awards

Nominations Open for VIC Early Years Awards

Early childhood learning is incredibly important in shaping the education outcomes for the future. The Victorian Early Years Awards is a great way to provide recognition to those in the sector. Nominations are now open across seven categories. Winners in each category receive a grant of up to $15,000 towards their initiative or professional development. Finalists in each category are

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Free Apprenticeship Training for Under 25s

Free Apprenticeship Training for Under 25s

The Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Equipping TAFE for our Future plan is available across Queensland while continuing to deliver free training for young Queenslanders under 25. Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said the investment into TAFE and skills is critical to Queensland’s economic recovery plan. “Queensland is leading the way

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Why BUSY At Work is Australia’s Top-Rated jobactive Provider

Why BUSY At Work is Australia’s Top-Rated jobactive Provider

BUSY At Work is a part of The BUSY Group who provide a large range of supportive services to job seekers including: Australian Apprenticeship Support services, Disability Employment Services, Transition to Work (career pathway support for disengaged youth), No-cost training and work experience opportunities through Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs, Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers, to support persons over 45

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Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements Now Extended and Uncapped

Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements Now Extended and Uncapped

Great news for businesses looking to put on a new apprentice or trainee! The Australian Government has now announced the extension of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) scheme , which offers a 50% Wage Subsidy incentive to keep apprentices working. Businesses can be eligible for up to $7,000 per quarter and a potential maximum amount of $28,000 for the 12

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Rheinmetall – investing in their staff through skills development

Rheinmetall – investing in their staff through skills development

Rheinmetall has offices and operations in Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra and its new headquarters is now at its new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence manufacturing plant in Redbank, Queensland, south west of Brisbane. The facility currently has more than 350 employees and will grow to 450 as production of the new BOXER 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance vehicle commences in late 2022.

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Hastings Deering – Skilling Up the Next Generation!

Hastings Deering – Skilling Up the Next Generation!

And it wasn’t just the boys lining up for the career path opportunities with Hastings Deering! The growing trend of young women entering the traditionally held male trades was evident with 6 women also starting new career pathways, born from an interest in engineering or mechanics. One of the newly signed female apprentices from Mackay Queensland, Nadia Beyer said “I

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The BUSY Group – End of Year Donations

The BUSY Group – End of Year Donations

One organisation Beddown, who received a $5,000 donation from The BUSY Group Ltd, is partnering with Australia’s largest parking provider, Secure Parking to provide a pop-up bedding solution for the homeless, turning public car parks into sleeping facilities at night. An extended pilot trial will occur in Brisbane CBD initially, before rolling out to other parts of Australia.  More information

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Celebrating a Year of Skilling Queenslanders for Work Success in 2020

Celebrating a Year of Skilling Queenslanders for Work Success in 2020

To celebrate the success of the varied courses that were delivered throughout the year (including Barbering & Hairdressing, Hospitality & Tourism, Business Administration, Retail, Construction and Cooking), this week BUSY At Work hosted a special awards ceremony and morning tea to thank all those involved who helped make it a success. “It’s been an extraordinary year with the pressures and

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Successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work Course at Kilcoy Motocross

Successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work Course at Kilcoy Motocross

The course, which was conducted on site at Kilcoy Motocross, assisted with construction projects including landscaping, replacing timber decks and more. Matthew Hayes, one of the participants in the course said he feels more confident in getting back into the workforce after being a single parent for the past five or so years, looking after his young daughter. Matthew used

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Queensland State Election Results – What this Means for Jobs

Queensland State Election Results – What this Means for Jobs

Paul Miles, Managing Director for The BUSY Group who provide a range of skills and employment programs including Australian Apprenticeship Support services stated “We’re excited for the next chapter of Queensland’s recovery and welcome the investment in education and infrastructure that will create jobs for Queenslanders, particularly in the construction, health and education sectors as well as the investment in

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Eliza has a bright future – thanks to Commonwealth Scholarships Program

Eliza has a bright future – thanks to Commonwealth Scholarships Program

Eliza was chosen for the first scholarship intake in March 2020 to develop her passion for community services. The scholarship awards young Australians up to $5,000 a year, to study a vocational education and training (VET) qualification and $3,000 to complete an internship. Eliza completed her internship with the Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre (MEAC) in northern Victoria and gained

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Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

From the recent 2020/2021 budget, the Australian Government has announced initiatives to stimulate jobs and our economy. Included in this package was the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements which offers any employer (of any size or industry) a 50% wage subsidy when employing a new apprentice or trainee from October 5 2020 up until 31st March 2022. UPDATE: The previously capped 100,000

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Historic 2020 Budget to Recover the Australian Economy

Historic 2020 Budget to Recover the Australian Economy

The key points in the 2020 Budget included: Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements In addition to the $2 billion spent on the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees  50% wage subsidy, an additional $1.2 billion has been committed for employers to place a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee, with the goal of 100,000 new and recommencing apprentices and trainees placed. Youth Employment JobMaker – $4 billion investment

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Looking for Work? These are the jobs that are in demand right now!

Looking for Work? These are the jobs that are in demand right now!

While things have picked up since June this year, with SEEK reporting an increase in job vacancy advertising, there is no doubting it’s a tough job market. Finding secure work in an insecure and highly competitive environment can be difficult but knowing where to look and if required, how to re-skill to change careers will play to your advantage, with

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Despite COVID, Jessie has turned her career path forward

Despite COVID, Jessie has turned her career path forward

While losing her job and income was a blow, Jessie had always wanted to be a hairdresser and in the past had completed a Certificate II Salon Assistant qualification. She decided now was the time to act. Working in the café, Jessie had gotten to know the salon owner Sue Syson of Urban Fringe, a hairdressing salon close by. So

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Skilling Queensland Females for the Automotive Industry

Skilling Queensland Females for the Automotive Industry

Data from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training shows there has been a 19% increase in female enrolments for trade courses in the automotive industry and a whopping 32% increase in engineering pathways. A recent Diesel Automotive course funded by the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work program and delivered by BUSY At Work in partnership with TAFE

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Some Optimism as Unemployment Rate Falls in August

Some Optimism as Unemployment Rate Falls in August

The results were mixed though with underemployment remaining high and Victoria’s lockdowns impacting the unemployment rate in that State. The ABS revealed that nationwide, 111,000 more people found employment between July and August. Of those 74,800 people found part time work and 36,200 people were employed full time. However the impacts of Covid-19 this year has seen 234,200 less people

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How accessible is your workplace?

How accessible is your workplace?

Not all disabilities are visible and with 1 in 5 Australians experiencing disability at some point in their lives, chances are we work alongside colleagues with disability, or have lived with disability ourselves. With that being said, how accessible is your workplace for those with disability? Ensuring an inclusive workplace makes good business sense, with access to a larger pool

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Benefits of Hiring Someone with a Disability

Benefits of Hiring Someone with a Disability

Did you know 1 in 5 people in Australia is living with disability yet only 54% of those are employed? It’s a statistic that needs referring to because with ever-growing skills shortages, there is an untapped workforce that deserves looking at more closely. Not just to fill skills gaps but to potentially increase productivity, boost staff morale and lessen staff

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“You have to be Extraordinary to be Ordinary”

“You have to be Extraordinary to be Ordinary”

As highlighted by Paralympian and world tennis star Dylan Alcott’s campaign ‘Remove the Barrier’ , which aims to highlight the invisible barrier that persons with disability often experience when looking for work, less focus needs to be on the disability and more on a person’s ability to perform the role. Oliver Hunter, who features in Dylan Alcotts campaign says it well,

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Winners at the 2020 Queensland Training Awards!

Winners at the 2020 Queensland Training Awards!

Update: We had two overall winners in the Queensland State Training Awards. Big congratulations to Hastings Deering (Large Employer of the Year for Queensland) and Braden Hellmuth (Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year for Queensland)! A huge congratulations to all our apprentices, trainees and local Queensland employers who took out awards for their regions at this years’ regional Queensland Training

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The top 5 things you need to know right now to get a job!

The top 5 things you need to know right now to get a job!

There is no doubting times are tough for many of us right now with over a million Australians currently out of work due to Covid. This ridiculously persistent and pesky bug has rocked the whole world right now, including business, but where some industries are laying off, there are just as many who are requiring staff – and right now.

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Partnership will encourage greater industry skills and employment outcomes for Queensland

Partnership will encourage greater industry skills and employment outcomes for Queensland

At an official launch this week at Cleveland, BUSY At Work has officially announced their preferred partnership agreement with Australian Industry Trade College (AITC). The announcement comes after a 12 year relationship between the two organisations where they have remained dedicated to developing skills and career opportunities for young people in Queensland. Australian Industry Trade College offers Year 10, 11

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JobKeeper and JobSeeker to remain but with changes

JobKeeper and JobSeeker to remain but with changes

As part of its response to keep Australia working during the current pandemic, the Australian Government announced today that it will extend the JobSeeker payments until the end of the year (with a possibility of extending beyond then) and JobKeeper payments until March 2021, with some changes. Unveiled today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, these changes will occur after September

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Back to Work Program

Back to Work Program

Exciting news for employers looking to put on staff – access to funding of up to $20,000 will remain available when employing an eligible apprentice or trainee. The Queensland Government has just announced that the Back to Work program has been extended through to 30 June 2021 or until the available funding of $70 million has been fully allocated. Under

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Skilling Queenslanders for Work receive Grant

Thanks to the Community Development Grants, an initiative of Ipswich City Council, BUSY At Work were recently successful in obtaining a grant of $3,335 to purchase tools for their Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) programs. The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative offers work experience programs and partial accreditation towards a qualification, for disadvantaged job seekers in Ipswich. The SQW programs

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5-star ratings for jobactive services

5-star ratings for jobactive services

Despite the impacts that 2020 have had on us all, it is encouraging news for job seekers in Far North Queensland, Emerald and the Sunshine Coast that jobactive provider BUSY At Work, partnering with CoAct, has achieved a 5-star rating for 75% of its jobactive sites! BUSY At Work, a part of the BUSY Group Ltd, received a 5-star rating

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Is it a Career or is it a Job?

Is it a Career or is it a Job?

While having a job equates to earning money to afford to pay your bills and live well, a career is much more than that. A career is a long term goal towards fulfilling your inner values, utilising your personal strengths and talents, and inspiring your continuous growth. According to the Career Industry Council of Australia who are responsible for the

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Richard is super busy now – thanks to SCOW!

Richard is super busy now – thanks to SCOW!

The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (SCOW) assists mature age workers (aged 45-70) who are either in the workforce or recently unemployed (3 months or less). In light of our ageing population, the Australian Government recognises the need to keep mature age workers in the workforce and the program aims to retain the vital skills and experience that mature age

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Nothing was going to stop Alex achieving his dream!

Nothing was going to stop Alex achieving his dream!

UPDATE 11th September 2020: Alex has won the Queensland Training Awards’s Apprentice of the Year 2020 and Equiy VET student of the year for SE Queensland region! With a passion for cars and his beloved motorcycle, all Alex ever wanted to do was work as a mechanic. In 2014 he was over the moon to be given the opportunity to

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Commonwealth Government Stimulus Package to Cover Half of Apprentices Wages

Commonwealth Government Stimulus Package to Cover Half of Apprentices Wages

Under the scheme, apprentices will need to have been in employment by March 1 but wages will be back paid from January 1. To encourage businesses and Group Training Organisations to pick up apprentices or trainees who have been let go, larger businesses may also be eligible for the wage pay-back if they take on an out-of-trade apprentice or trainee.

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Innovative new school to open in Cairns

Innovative new school to open in Cairns

BUSY Schools is the brain child of The BUSY Group Ltd, a not for profit organisation which has been delivering employment and training solutions over 40 years. The BUSY Schools model provides Year 11 and 12 students, who aren’t suited to traditional school systems, the required school curriculum studies in addition to practical accreditation training for trades and industry. Students

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Following the recent Queensland Health advice, a number of BUSY At Work offices will be temporarily closed in the Greater Brisbane Area from 5pm Monday the 29th March and will not reopen until after the Easter long weekend on Tuesday the 6th of April, 2021. Click here for list of offices affected. We will be taking calls until 8pm Thursday 1st  on 13 28 79 should you wish to speak with one of the team.

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