The Coalition Government today announced that the highly successful jobactive programme has recorded placements into 214,422 jobs across Australia since it started in July 2015.
Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the Government is determined that every Australian who is able to work can get work, and this milestone clearly shows that jobactive is helping to achieve this.
Across Australia, jobactive is making a difference to ensuring job seekers have the skills they need to enter the workforce. New South Wales has recorded more than 60,000 placements since the start of the service with Victoria and Queensland each recording more than 50,000.
“Few things are as important as helping people into work and Australia needs an employment service like jobactive to deliver opportunities for real employment outcomes,” Minister Cash said.
“Its unique approach encourages partnerships between providers and employers to ensure job seekers are appropriately matched to employer needs and have a better chance of finding and keeping a job.”
jobactive is a key part of the Government’s employment strategy to reduce barriers to employment and promote workforce participation. The Government has committed $6.6 billion to connect job seekers and employers through a network of providers in over 1700 locations across Australia.
“Despite facing international headwinds and with the Australian economy going through a transitioning phase, there have been 421,400 jobs created since the Coalition Government took office in September 2013, highlighting the success of our plan to stimulate jobs growth,” Minister Cash said.
“Last year alone the number of Australians in employment increased by 298,300. Tellingly, this rate of jobs growth is over three times that of the Rudd-Gillard Labor Government’s last 12 months in office, during which time just 87,500 jobs were created.”
“While we are making solid progress and the trajectory we are on is very encouraging, with full-time employment increasing by 157,800 over the year the Government is aware that we still have much to do.”
“It is clear that when this Government delivers employment services, more people get the opportunity to benefit from work and employers can grow their business which is what we need to keep Australia’s communities strong.”
A range of programmes and services are available through jobactive to provide targeted support for job seekers, including:
- Work for the Dole, a programme which places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills and experience that can help them find a job, while giving back to the community.
- Wage subsidies of up to $6,500 (or up to $10,000 for mature age job seekers) that encourage and help businesses to give eligible job seekers a go.
- the National Work Experience Programme which places job ready job seekers in real life work experience placements where they can gain experience and confidence while demonstrating their skills to a potential employer.
- New Enterprise Incentive Scheme, a programme that provides individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners.
- Job Commitment Bonus, which provides up to $6,500 to encourage Australians aged 18 to 30 who have been on income support payments to find a job and stay off welfare.
jobactive is also aligned closely with the Australian Government’s Youth Employment Strategy which is delivering services to help young people into work, including the Empowering YOUth initiative, Engaging Early School Leavers initiative, Transition to Work service and the National Work Experience Programme.
For more information on jobactive services visit www.jobactive.gov.au.