An online system that offers employers more flexibility in accessing and rostering casual labour pools will receive Australian government assistance to be commercialised.
Australian Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced Melbourne software company, ASAP Casuals, is one of 16 businesses sharing in over $1 million through the latest round of Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) funding.
Mr Macfarlane said the software programme will make it a lot easier for employers to deal with onerous tasks associated with the casual labour market.
"Casuals can work for multiple companies and often have multiple commitments, and existing solutions to this problem are labour hire firms, which add a cost premium on the casuals sourced for an employer,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“The ASAP Casuals system sends reminders and alerts through SMS, providing reliable access to shift availability and improving time and roster management." [Contact: ASAP Casuals Pty Ltd, Barbara Walsh 1300 307 390]
Other companies also awarded a $64,000 COMET grant include:
Nanocoatings Pty Ltd, of Sydney – to market a process for producing synthetic bone graft material with strength approaching that of natural bone, allowing it to be used for bone repair and reducing the need for mechanical fixes. [Contact: Associate Prof. Besim Ben-Nissan 0412 424 123]
MTG Products Pty Ltd, Gold Coast, Qld – to help commercialise a video-streaming product that allows users to broadcast live to multiple parties, using a mobile phone or PC, regardless of the viewer's network or device. [Contact: Mike Taylor 07 5553 6464]
D-Swell Pty Ltd, of Geelong – to commercialise a brace designed for managing injured or swollen joints. The poultice-like application helps to reduce localised swelling and remove accumulated fluid. [Contact: Ben McMurtrie 03 5224 2200]