Businesses to share solutions for seeking staff in the Outback

Recruitment and retention of staff is one of the biggest challenges facing Outback-based businesses, according to a survey of businesses across Outback Australia.

Director of Desert Knowledge Australia’s Outback Business Networks, Mike Crowe said a survey of business members across the 1350 strong Outback Business Networks database, has identified staffing as one of the biggest issues for their businesses.

Mr Crowe said the effort of seeking suitable staff is costing small businesses both time and money and business owners are looking for solutions.

The issue will be discussed at a special Outback Business Networks Cross Border Meeting, linking businesses across Outback Australia via telephone and web-based video on Wednesday 25 July.

Seven Outback Business Networks businesses from across Outback Australia will be sharing their own business solutions and strategies for recruiting staff at the meeting, titled Recruitment of Staff in the Outback.

The businesses – representing local produce, mining, tourism and sustainable building industries – were selected as Outback Business Champions by Outback Business Networks earlier this year for their innovative approaches and success in doing business in the Outback.

The Business Champions confirmed the survey's findings and offered to share their solutions to kick-start a conversation about collaborative approaches to the issue.

“These are experienced business people who will be sharing their stories and experiences about staff recruitment and retention around Australia,” Mr Crowe said.

“We hope participants will benefit from hearing first-hand how different approaches have worked for other businesses. The facilitated discussion will also look at developing some collaborative solutions.”

The seven business members who will speak are:
Mark Lucas, Australian Native Bushfoods, Renmark, SA
Jane Luckraft, Bendleby Ranges, Station Stays SA, Carrieton, SA
Brett Peterson, Mt Isa Mining Supplies, Mt Isa, Queensland
Jim Thomson, Outback Energy Supply, Kalgoorlie, WA
John Groenendijk, Southern Cross Hotel and Broken Earth Cafe, Broken Hill, NSW
John Joseland, TransAlign ISM, Alice Springs, NT
Fred Taylor, Yamatji Mining Company, Geraldton, WA

The meeting is free to Outback Business Networks members.
It will be held on Wednesday 25 July at hosted sites across Australia and will run for 90 minutes.
WA: 1.00pm (AWST); NT, SA & Broken Hill: 2.30pm (ACST); Qld & NSW: 3.00pm (AEST).

For details, to register or become a Networks member contact freecall 1800 603 866 or visit the Events page at Membership of Outback Business Networks is free.

Media contact: JEANETTE WORMALD, M: 0418 810 785 E: