I never had a bad experience with the staff, they always found me work.
I also worked under manpower in Canberra and was placed in a government job.
People need to realise that they are a recruitment agency and work for the companies they send you too.
You start as casual in every job until or if you are contracted by the employer.
You need to imply - more ... yourself at every job you are given , its up to the company if they want to employ you not manpower's .
I never had any issues pay is award or if lucky above and overtime (depending on the companies work structure) was always paid on time.
Do ... - less