Joshua Beverly one of 600 jobseekers to find work from the Central Coast Jobs Expo

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare and Federal Member for Dobell Craig Thomson today met with Toukley resident Joshua Beverly, one of about 600 people who found a job at the Keep…

Release type: Joint Media Release

Date: 13 April 2010

Ministers:

  • The Hon Jason Clare MP
  • Craig Thomson MP

Tooling up for the 21st Century at Cabramatta High School

Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, together with Member for Werriwa, Chris Hayes today visited Cabramatta High School to talk to students and staff about the new computers and funding the…

Release type: Joint Media Release

Date: 13 April 2010

Ministers:

  • The Hon Julia Gillard MP
  • The Hon Chris Hayes MP

Pyne can’t name single BER story in Sturt

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today said that Mr Pyne when quizzed by ABC Radio in Adelaide would not name a single problem with BER projects in his own electorate.

Release type: Media Release

Date: 12 April 2010

Ministers:

  • The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Education Union executive votes to shut down My School

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has condemned a decision by the Australian Education Union to deny parents information about their kids’ literacy and numeracy by banning this year’s…

Release type: Media Release

Date: 12 April 2010

Ministers:

  • The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Commonwealth to establish Building Education Revolution Taskforce

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced the formation of a Commonwealth BER Implementation Taskforce to further insure the Commonwealth Government’s $16.2…

Release type: Media Release

Date: 12 April 2010

Ministers:

  • The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Innovative program helps disadvantaged jobseekers

Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib and Member for Forde Brett Raguse today met disadvantaged jobseekers being given new skills through a series of innovative social enterprises.

Release type: Media Release

Date: 12 April 2010

Ministers:

  • Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Address to the National Centre Against Bullying Conference, Melbourne

Thank you for welcoming me here today and for participating in this hugely important conference, run by the National Centre Against Bullying – an initiative of the extraordinary Alannah and…

Release type: Speech

Date: 9 April 2010

Ministers:

  • The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Australia Consolidates Educational Links with India

Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, and India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal, today signed a Joint Ministerial Statement to build on the cooperative ties between the two…

Release type: Media Release

Date: 9 April 2010

Ministers:

  • The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Labour Force - March

Labour force figures released this morning by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that the unemployment rate remained steady in March with the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 5…

Release type: Media Release

Date: 8 April 2010

Ministers:

  • The Hon Julia Gillard MP

CEDA: Green Jobs – Innovation and Sustainable Business. Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to their elders past and present.

Release type: Speech

Date: 8 April 2010

Ministers:

  • Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Construction job training for 50 Indigenous workers

Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib and Member for Solomon Damian Hale today announced $410,000 for Industry Services Australia to train 50 Indigenous jobseekers under the Indigenous…

Release type: Joint Media Release

Date: 1 April 2010

Ministers:

  • Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
  • Damian Hale MP

Governments work together on jobs and training

with Dr Chris Burns MLANorthern Territory Minister for Education and Training

Release type: Media Release

Date: 1 April 2010

Ministers:

  • Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Sky News Interview with Kieran Gilbert

Topics: Australia’s workforce, skilled migration, India travel ban 

E&OE
 

KIERAN GILBERT:

Minister, thanks for your time. You've been looking at the labour shortages in Northern Australia but this is a story which is relevant to childcare, aged care, disability care, all these areas where the government is spending more as well, that we don't have the immigration levels that we normally have. How are you going to plug the gaps that that are needed here?

MINISTER ROBERT:

It's the million-dollar question, Kieran. When monetary policy, fiscal policy and immigration policy have reached their limits, we now need the Australian people to step up and get into work.

Up here in Darwin, unemployment of 5.6%, but the participation rate here, Kieran, is a staggering 72.7% compared to the national average of 66.3%, to give you an idea, there are so many younger Australians working but they need so many more. So, this will be a big focus this year on skilling, employment, apprenticeships, how we enshrine mutual obligations into that at the same time.

KIERAN GILBERT:

And to encourage people to go into those care sectors, that's a challenge, particularly when they've got such notoriously low pay, how do you encourage those wages to rise because if you do you'll get more people in there?

MINISTER ROBERT:

Well, we need more workers in childcare, we'll need over 30,000 more in aged care, the NDIS over the next five or six years will need 40,000 in attendant care. Now, luckily attendant care as a Cert-Three is the most heavily subscribed and trained qualification, which is a good thing, but all of this will form part of a dedicated workforce strategy that we'll need to do to tie all of these loose ends together.

In the next 12 months we need to do it without immigration, and if you think about this, Kieran, over the last five years 50% of all jobs growth in Australia has been through migrants coming through. We have to confront this challenge, as a nation without that, that immigration lever, at least for the next 12 months.

KIERAN GILBERT:


And so yeah, so on that timeframe you would think, 12 months at least. And then, would you look at specific categories to try and get people in and expedite the return of workers where relevant where sectors need them so desperately?

MINISTER ROBERT:

The Prime Minister has made the point that will at least be to the end of the year, in terms of our, our borders remaining mostly shut though, he wants Australians who are vaccinated to be able to come in and out. But even if we were to turn the immigration tap on at the end of the year, it would be a number of months before you start seeing that flow through.

So, in terms of a tangible present we're at least 12 months away from tangibly seeing the result of immigration. Now immigration will form a great part of our recovery, especially in skilled and distinguished talent immigration. Australia has done so well during the pandemic. This is one of the great countries on Earth that people want to come to. And we should use that, encourage them to get the best and brightest to come into Australia, but we also want to make sure that every Australian has an opportunity for a job, and every Australian has an opportunity to get a skill or a qualification to get into that job, and that task of getting Australians into jobs is my first priority.

KIERAN GILBERT:

Particularly where you've got this challenge of youth unemployment, often in regional areas we've seen in various centres, youth unemployment far too high. And then you've got these gaps in sectors as we've discussed surely it's a great opportunity as well, if it can be if it can be capitalized if that pipeline can be tapped?

MINISTER ROBERT:

Oh, a massive opportunity. 122,000 Australians on what we call Youth Allowance Other, which means they're aged 16 to 22, and they don't have a job, and they're not in training so they're not in education, 122,000 Australians.

So, I've asked my department for options on how do we communicate with each one of them where they are to identify subsidised places for training or skilling or jobs. We saw the ANZ job survey out today 198,000 position positions advertised, month on month. So an increase over 4%. So that work is there, the subsidised skilling is there, we just need to now connect, especially young Australians, to those job opportunities, and those skilling opportunities.

KIERAN GILBERT:

On  another matter we’ve spoken to a number of representatives of the Indian Australian community, some stranded in India, some here, worried about friends and relatives, what do you say that to the suggestion that your, your government, the government of which you're a cabinet member has abandoned some of its citizens in India?

MINISTER ROBERT:

I've spoken to my Indian community as well, Kieran, and I'll say the same thing to you as I said to them. When the pandemic started Australia was the first country to stop flights from China, and we've done the same thing with Papua New Guinea, because extraordinary circumstances have required it now here we are with India for a temporary pause for another week or so.

Howard Springs, which is a facility up here run by the government, almost 100% of those in that facility with COVID are from India, 57% of those in quarantine across the country have come from India, with COVID. So it's a significant challenge. And on the health advice, the Government has acted temporarily in a measured way. Now keeping in mind the last 12 months, Kieran, we've had 38 facilitated flights by the Commonwealth, from India to Australia. So we haven't abandoned anyone in this country, but decisions have to be made on medical advice and that decision temporarily has been made.

KIERAN GILBERT:

But if you're, you've got an Australian passport shouldn’t you have the right to return home, shouldn't the government, government be going over and above to get these people home, if you go back to early last year spoke about the flights in China but still there were chartered flights out of Wuhan to get those Australians of Chinese heritage into Christmas Island, why not do something similar?

MINISTER ROBERT:

We've done 38 charter flights now out of India, over the last 12 months, and the Government will continue to do charter flights where we need them. But right now there's a temporary pause for the next week or so. As India seeks to get its situation under control Australia is flooding aid assistance, medical support into India, as well as assessing where we are right now in terms of our population and our quarantine measures.

So, the Prime Minister will have more to say, as we approach that temporary pause date as to the next steps that the Australian Government will make.

KIERAN GILBERT:

So, there's no racism underpinning this decision as some have suggested?

MINISTER ROBERT:

You're seeing infection rates well over a third of a million a day, Kieran, across India, places where oxygen is running out, and where 57% of all COVID positive in quarantine right now in Australia are people that have come back from India. And that number is almost 100% in Howard springs. I think those numbers speak for themselves, whereas earlier in the pandemic those numbers were more like 10%.

So this is a response to extraordinary circumstances, that's affecting our good friends in India, it's temporary, and it's targeted and the Government will have more to say in terms of next steps as we approach that point mid-May where we said the temporary measure would be reviewed.

KIERAN GILBERT:

Stuart Robert, thanks for joining us.

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