Release type: Joint Media Release

Date:

Boost for job seekers in Frankston

Ministers:

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

Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis and Senator for Victoria, Jacinta Collins, today announced that ORS Rehabilitation and Placement Services Pty Ltd (ORS) will receive $200,000 in new Government funding to support disadvantaged job seekers in Frankston.

ORS has been selected as part of the Job Service Australia Demonstration Pilot program, which will trial enhancements to current service arrangements for disadvantaged job seekers. 

"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 ORS, the Australian Government knows that having a decent job is about so much more than collecting a weekly pay check.

“Many of the job seekers participating in this project are facing significant barriers to employment, and this project will help long-term unemployed people to settle into work and retain that job."

The Frankston project will focus on job seekers who have found work following long periods of unemployment, and who are at risk of losing that job. This pilot will trial the provision of regular support and mentoring to the employer and employee for up to 12 months to keep the job sustainable.

Senator Collins congratulated ORS for being selected to deliver the demonstration pilot and welcomed the trial of new programs for Victorian job seekers.

"A support network of community and service providers can ensure job seekers develop skills and confidence to settle into long-term jobs,” Ms Collins said.

"Our Government has committed new funding of $4.7 million to 20 high performing employment services across the country to run these pilot programs.” 

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

For further information on the Job Services Australia Demonstration Pilots Program:

http://www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/JSA/EmploymentServices/Pages/jsapilots.aspx