ACM chief Antony Catalano takes on Seek with new jobs platform

The owners of Australian Community Media are taking on Seek with their own regional jobs platform, just months after launching a similar REA Group competitor in the real estate listings market.

Set to launch in a matter of weeks, ViewJobs will join real estate platform under the View Media Group banner, and will be bolstered by ACM’s 200-odd sales team, plus an advertising blitz across the network’s 70+ publications, including 16 daily newspapers, The Land, and roughly 55 other periodical publications (weekly, fortnightly, etc).

The company is owned 50-50 by former Domain CEO Antony Catalano, and investor Alex Waislitz, and has $100 million in funding from Seven West Media, and $50 million in backing from ANZ.

Lewis Romano, the founder of Credit Clear, will run the enterprise.

Speaking to AFR’s Sam Buckingham-Jones, who broke the story, Romaro noted there is “no mainstream, dedicated platform for the regional employment market”, adding “the existing solutions don’t necessarily cater to the requirements of regional and rural employers.

“The network effect of ACM means we can attract someone from Bendigo to relocate to Inverell. We can capture the attention of a nurse in Launceston, and promote a lifestyle shift to live and work in Tamworth.”

Catalano and Waislitz bought ACM in 2018 for $115 million from former owner Fairfax, now Nine, who owns Domain.


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