If a job fits, everyone's happy
THE latest invention from a Mackay business will help injured workers get back on track.
JobFit Systems International, which was established in 2004, has invented new software that will help employers be able to better suit employees to their workforce.
Queensland Senator Jan McLucas visited JobFit Systems International after the local firm secured a $450,000 grant through Commercialisation Australia.
Commercialisation Australia is a competitive assistance program delivered by the Australian Government that provides an integrated, hands-on approach to help take products, processes and services to market.
Commercialisation Australia's investment will help the local firm to build their executive team and execute their commercialisation plans for domestic and export markets.
Mackay's JobFit Systems International has developed a software program that matches worker capabilities to job demands to reduce the number and cost of workplace injuries.
Managing director of JobFit Systems International Ms Jenny Legge said the funding would allow them to "get on the business, with growing the business."
"It means we can build our business plan for scalable international growth," Ms Legge said.
"The new technology, that we are commercialising through the grant will allow us to sell our technology overseas.
"With the support of the Commercialisation Australia grant we have increased the likelihood that we will succeed in helping our customers achieve an injury-free workplace."
"This grant allows us to ramp up our commercialisation plans to expand our business across Australia and overseas, bringing technology and ideas from regional Queensland to the world."
Ms Legge said the success felt sweeter because she was able to achieve great success from a regional Queensland base.
"It's really good being from regional Queensland, when you hear stories from all around Australia with businesses struggling, and to know that you have built a business in regional Queensland that is growing year by year," she said.
The funding offer to JobFit Systems International was among 46 announced across the country, totalling $14.9 million in support from the Federal Government.
Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet said technological advances were crucial in strengthening Australia's economic future.
"We are backing innovators, entrepreneurs and researches across the country. It is their inventions that have the potential to drive economic change," Mr Combet said.
In just over two years, Commercialisation Australia has assisted 248 innovators with funding of $97.1 million.
Senator McLucas made the special visit to Mackay yesterday.
"Congratulations to JobFit Systems International," Senator McLucas said.
"This is a significant achievement that will bring an innovative local business here in Mackay one step closer to achieving the next commercialisation milestone."
In the meantime, the new technology will be put to good use in the Bowen basin mines.
"The way it will help with the skills shortage in the resource sector, they will be putting the people who are physically capable to do the job in the job," she said.
"It is also about identifying what sort of injuries people are getting so we can prevent them... so there will be less of a turnover.
"We match the workers' physical capabilities to the physical requirements of the job.
"If they meet the job physically then the employee just needs to focus on the training requirements."
Workplace injuries cost Australians $52 billion a year.
Which is about 8%GDP
Not only does it cost the employer it also costs the community through disability health schemes.
And it also costs the worker through a loss of income.