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Helping mature age Australians into work


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment
Minister for Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Western Australia

The Turnbull Government today announced five locations chosen to be trial sites for the new Career Transition Assistance Program, which will help prepare mature aged Australians for new jobs.

Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash, said the Government is delivering on a commitment in the 2017–18 Budget to create more opportunities for those aged over 50 to re-skill and re-enter the workforce.

"Mature age Australians bring a lifetime of skills and experience to the workforce. It is critical for both the individual and economy that this experience isn’t lost if older workers find themselves out of work,” Minister Cash said.

"We recognise the immense capacity of mature age Australians and understand the need to provide unique support so they can upskill and fill key roles in Australian workplaces.”

The Career Transition Assistance Program is part of the $110 million Mature Age Employment Package announced in the 2017-18 Budget. The package also includes the expansion of the successful National Work Experience Program and Pathway to Work pilots which support mature age and other Australians to take up recruitment opportunities on major projects.

Minister Cash said the Government was committing significant resources to address the fact that mature aged Australians can remain locked out of the workforce for long periods when leaving a job.

"By making this targeted investment we are identifying and removing barriers that may be preventing mature age Australians from returning to the workforce,” Minister Cash said.

Participants in the program will be able to boost their skills, strengthen their resilience, learn new job-search techniques and better understand the local labour market. They can also opt in for training in computer and information technology.

The Career Transition Assistance Program will initially be trialled in five locations from 1 July 2018, ahead of a national rollout in 2020. The five trial regions are Ballarat (VIC), Somerset (QLD), Central West (NSW), Adelaide South (SA) and Perth North (WA). These regions have distinctly different labour market conditions. Having a diverse group of regions will maximise the lessons that can be learnt from the trial, which can then be incorporated in the national rollout.

"Every policy lever the Government has at its disposal is being utilised to promote growth, encourage investment and stimulate job creation. Since the Coalition came to office there have been more than 730,000 jobs created for Australians, and we are delivering on commitments to ensure employment growth continues,” Minister Cash said.

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