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Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.


Migrant and Refugee Students Struggle to Find Work in Australia

Luke Michael, Friday, 24th November 2017 -  Migrant and refugee students are almost 25 per cent less likely to find full-time employment after graduation compared to Australian-born students, according to new research.

Wage Theft Rampant Among Migrant Workers in Australia

Luke Michael, Thursday, 23rd November 2017 -  A third of international students and backpackers are paid about half the legal minimum wage, according to a major new report into wage theft in Australia.

Inclusive Workplaces Create Highly Effective and Satisfied Employees

Luke Michael, Thursday, 23rd November 2017 -  New research has highlighted the importance of inclusion in Australia’s workplaces, with inclusive workplace employees found to be 10 times more likely to be highly effective and almost 20 times more likely to be very satisfied at work.

Business Woman of the Year Encourages Corporate-NFP Partnerships

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 -  Prominent not-for-profit CEO Violet Roumeliotis has been named 2017 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year, and has encouraged other NFPs to work with corporate Australia to achieve social and economic benefits.

More Australians Accessing NDIS But Concerns Remain      

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 -  Almost 120,000 Australians now have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) according to the latest quarterly report, but disability advocates warn that South Australia is falling behind in the roll-out and “getting a raw deal”.

NFP Coalition Calls For National Action on Youth Justice

Luke Michael, Monday, 20th November 2017 -  Nearly 100 organisations across Australia have released an open statement to political leaders calling for national action to reform the nation’s youth justice systems, in wake of the findings from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Concerns Raised Over New ACNC Board Appointments

Luke Michael, Monday, 20th November 2017 -  The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has appointed three new members to its advisory board, but concerns have been raised in the sector around the lack of clarity with these appointments.

Tackling the Complex Barriers to Gender Equality in Asia-Pacific


Luke Michael, Monday, 20th November 2017 -  Joanna Hayter is stepping down as CEO of the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) this week, after seven years in the role. She is this week’s Changemaker.

Gender Pay Gap Sees Women Earning $26,000 Less a Year

Luke Michael, Friday, 17th November 2017 -  New data shows that the gender pay gap in Australia is trending down, but women on average still earn more than $26,000 a year less than men, and hold just 16.5 per cent of CEO roles.         

Choosing the Right Job Title Vital for NFP Recruitment

Luke Michael, Thursday, 16th November 2017 -  Choosing the right job title is “very important” for not-for-profit organisations to attract the right candidates to a position, according to a leading not-for-profit recruitment agency.

Australia Votes Overwhelmingly Yes for Same Sex Marriage

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 15th November 2017 -  Australians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of same sex marriage with the yes vote winning more than 60 per cent of votes.

Calls For Volunteering to Be Embedded in All Schools

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 15th November 2017 -  Volunteering can improve educational outcomes for young people and should be embedded in the Australian curriculum, according to an educational review submission from the nation’s peak volunteering body.
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