Release type: Joint Media Release

Date:

Boost for Bayside job seekers

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis and Federal Member for Hotham, Mr Simon Crean MP announced today that employment service provider, PVS Workfind has been selected as part of the Job Service Australia Demonstration Pilot program.

PVS Workfind will receive around $200 000 in new Government funding to trial enhancements to current service arrangements for disadvantaged job seekers in the Bayside area.

Minister Ellis said the Australian Government had committed funding of $200 000 for the pilot.

"By funding employment services that are already achieving strong results to trial new and innovative approaches to getting people into work – other services from around the country will be able to learn from their experience,” Ms Ellis said.

"Like PVS Workfind the Australian Government knows that having a decent job is about so much more than collecting a weekly pay check.”

The pilot will operate out of the PVS Workfind site in Springvale and Hanover Welfare Services site in Cheltenham, and partner with other local Specialist Housing Services and JSA providers in the area, to assist more homeless job seekers secure stable housing and employment. The University of Melbourne will also contribute to the evaluation of the pilot.

"By connecting unemployed Australians with a support network of community and service providers we can ensure a sustainable relationship with the world of work rather than just a job that only lasts for the short term."

Federal Member for Hotham, Simon Crean, said that he looked forward to seeing the results of the pilot in terms of helping homeless people in Springvale and Cheltenham.

“In my electorate there are too many people who are doing it tough and have been struggling to find work while being homeless. It’s great to hear that there will be new and innovative programs available to help them get into the workforce.”

"Our Government has committed new funding of $4.7 million to 20 high performing employment services to run these pilot programs,” Mr Crean said.

These pilots, in conjunction with the Australian Government’s Building Australia’s Future Workforce package, will strengthen employment services across Australia and help job seekers in identified areas of disadvantage.

For further information on the Job Services Australia Demonstration Pilots Program:
www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/JSA/EmploymentServices/
Pages/jsapilots.aspx