Release type: Joint Media Release

Date:

Discussion Paper on Remote Participation and Employment Services released

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Sport
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness

Joint media release also with The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

The Australian Government today released its discussion paper on the future of remote participation and employment services.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib, Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin and Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said that the Government was committed to improving remote participation and employment services.

Senator Arbib said the new remote services would be in place from 1 July, 2013 and would be simpler, more integrated and flexible.

“Remote communities and the people who live in them are extremely diverse. A new, tailored approach to participation and employment services for remote Australia needs to be able to respond to emerging local economic opportunities,” Senator Arbib said.

“I encourage people to have their say on how remote participation and employment services could be improved.”

Ms Macklin said the consultation forums would start today in New South Wales.

“There will be forums in more than 40 locations, including remote communities, throughout August and September 2011,” Ms Macklin said.

“The Government believes that the first step in reforming remote services is to talk with people about what they think will work best. We want people’s views on how participation and employment services can be improved to better suit the needs of jobseekers in remote areas.”

Ms Ellis invited people to attend a consultation forum and make a submission to the review.

“We are inviting people in remote communities to come and discuss how remote participation and employment services can be improved in their community,” Ms Ellis said.

“If you are unable to attend a consultation forum please feel free to make a submission to the review based on the discussion paper. Interpreters will be available at many forums and a DVD in a variety of indigenous languages will also be shortly released.”

Improving remote participation and employment services arrangements is part of a broader strategy to ensure that Indigenous Australians have the same opportunities as all Australians – to get an education, find a job, start their own business, own their own home and provide for their families.

Comments or feedback on the discussion paper are welcome by 12 October 2011. Comments can be submitted in writing to .

The discussion paper and further information on the timing and locations for the consultation forums is available at www.deewr.gov.au/rsr.