Kate Auty
The former Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment in the ACT, Kate Auty, has been appointed as chair of EPA Victoria

Job advertisements on SEEK are on the rise according to the company’s latest “employment snapshot” (a Covid-recovery fixture) but still at 68.3 per cent of pre-COVID levels.

According to the report, job ad volumes have increased by 21.9 per cent in last two weeks compared to the previous two weeks.

Interestingly, the two largest states in Australia have the furthest to go to reach pre-Covid job advertisement levels (put perhaps not surprisingly given the rise in cases in Victoria). Victoria is sitting at 59.6 per cent of before Covid figures, and NSW 61.1 per cent.

“Trades and services” is among the top recovering categories by volume, with job ads at 85.4 per cent previous levels, along with jobs in mining, resources and energy, at 82.2 per cent.

Looking less healthy are jobs in the real estate and property, which are down 64.3 per cent, construction (down 57.8 per cent) and design and architecture (down 54.3 per cent).

Environmental Justice Australia, formerly the Environment Defenders Office, Victoria, has appointed two people to lead the organisation in a joint-chief executive officer model. Nicola Rivers and Elizabeth McKinnon are now co-CEOs of the environmental legal organisation.

Rivers has been promoted to the shared top job after serving as the director of advocacy and research at the organisation for around 12 years.

McKinnon is returning to the organisation after a stint as general counsel at the Australian Conservation Foundation. She was formerly a public interest environmental litigator at Environment Defenders Office Victoria.

The pair have a combined 32 years of experience working as lawyers in the environmental justice space.

The former Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment in the ACT, Kate Auty, has been appointed as chair of EPA Victoria. She will replace Cheryl Batagol, who was also the inaugural chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.

Auty will bring a wealth of public sector governance and administration, law, regulation and environment skills to the key role, including as the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.

The EPA is working hard to prepare for the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018, which will come into effect in 2021.

One of the key changes to the legislation is the “general environmental duty”, which will mean all Victorians undertaking an activity with risks of harm to the environment and human health to identify and implement reasonably practical means to eliminate or minimise those risks.

Cushman & Wakefield has snagged Brookfield Global Integrated Services Asia-Pacific manager director, Jon McCormick, according to AFR’s “Street Talk”.

McCormick is set to lead the company’s integrated facilities management team in Australia and New Zealand.

He joins the company after nearly 21 years at BGIS, where he left following the sale of BGIS to global facilities management services provider CCMP Capital Advisors.

Nik Killis has returned to Hassell for a “second act” as head of clients and future business, after working with the design studio in business development earlier in his career.

In the interesting, far-reaching new role he’ll work with clients and combine insights and data – both from clients and Hassell – into the design process to directly benefit project outcomes.

Killis was most recently digital advisory and regional client leader for Australasia at Arup.

Also heading off from his regular gig is Tony Arnel who is stepping down from his role as global director of sustainability at Norman Disney & Young after eight years.

Arnel has had a big profile in the industry, as Victoria’s building commissioner for 12 years,  chair of the Green Building Council of Australia and of the World Green Building Council where he was awarded the Chairman’s Award for championing sustainability in the built environment.

He will remain in his professorial role with Deakin University, as president of the Energy Efficiency Council and as non-executive director of Forest and Wood Products Australia.

Northrop has appointed five new principals: Aaron Hughes (Sydney structural section manager), Angus Brien (flooding group manager, Newcastle), Josh Neil (lead structural engineer, Brisbane), Kieran Steele (electrical manager, Canberra) and Simon Matthews (hydraulic and fire discipline manager, Sydney).

Perth has set itself up with an Events, Culture and the Arts Advisory Committee, one of three committees that make up the City of Perth’s $18 million relief and rebound package, with artist and urban planner Peter Ciemitis a principal at RobertsDay, selected to sit on the new committee.

Ciemitis plans to direct greater focus on indigenous culture in the role.

Our pick of the jobs

Wild Environmental Consultants, a Queensland-based environmental consultancy, is looking for an ecologist or senior ecologist. The role will involve extensive field survey campaigns in remote areas of north Queensland, with a focus on working safely.

Melbourne’s Maroondah City Council is looking for an EAGA (Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action) resilient assets manager to lead the local government’s flagship building vulnerability assessment program. The EAGA is a formal Alliance of eight councils in Melbourne’s East that are committed to developing and delivering climate change mitigation and adaptation projects, as well as advocating for initiatives that promote sustainable, low carbon communities.

Not for profit organisation The Next Economy is looking for an energy transitions program director, who will be responsible for the design and delivery of strategies and activities to support government, industry, unions, environment groups, social service organisations and community groups to manage the transition to a zero-emissions and socially just energy system.

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