Senator Mark Arbib today gave the opening address at the annual National Employment Services Association (NESA) Practitioners Conference in Melbourne where he outlined his commitment to working together with employment services to support those most affected by the global financial crisis. “We are committed to making the changes needed to provide both structural and practical support to jobseekers, who need it now more than ever,” Senator Arbib said.
In his speech he outlined the Australian Government’s commitment to continue developing the strong partnership between the Government, NESA and the employment service providers NESA represents.
Senator Arbib thanked the large audience for their work over the past 18 months in the lead-up to the start of Job Services Australia, the Government’s new employment services, on 1 July 2009.
He set out his commitment to working with employment services to maximise outcomes for job seekers and meet the challenges Australia faces in the current economic environment.
“Last month’s Federal Budget, coupled with the Government’s economic stimulus measures, have armed the Government with powerful tools to support those most affected by the global financial crisis, and provide the building blocks for a brighter future,” he said.
Senator Arbib also announced changes to the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme in response to feedback from providers and foreshadowed the Government will be taking steps to ensure job seekers will have access to jobs created as a result of the Government’s $4 billion Energy Efficient Homes initiative which begins on 1 July.
“Significant employment opportunities will flow from the Energy Efficient Homes initiative, from manufacturing through to installation,” he said.
“The Government is working in partnership with NESA and other key stakeholders to train and place job seekers into work arising out of the Energy Efficient Homes initiative.”