Release type: Joint Media Release


Cairns job seekers supported by new pilot program


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

A Job Services Australia (JSA) provider located in Cairns’ Earlville area was selected to take part in  a new Australian Government initiative to establish best practice and improve education and employment outcomes for local job seekers. 

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis and Queensland Senator Jan McLucas today announced $200 000 funding for PVS Workfind to run the JSA Demonstration Pilot in Earlville. 

“The Demonstration Pilots are an innovative approach to addressing disadvantage for job seekers,” Ms Ellis said. 

“Funding quality employment services to trial improvements in service delivery—and sharing the results nationally— will help extend the benefits and dignity of work to more Australians. 

“PVS Workfind will work with Pathways Rehabilitation and Support Services to demonstrate formal partnerships between employment and counselling services to help job seekers on the path to recovery and find sustainable employment.” 

“This pilot will help job seekers with drug or alcohol problems and mental health issues,” Senator McLucas said. 

The Cairns project is one 20 JSA Demonstration Pilots across Australia, including four in Queensland. 

Minister Ellis congratulated PVS Workfind on their new pilot project. 

The Australian Government is investing $4.7 million in JSA Demonstration Pilots as part of the Building Australia’s Future Workforce skills and training package. 

“These pilots, in conjunction with a range of other measures in the package, will strengthen employment services across Australia and maximise the employment outcomes for disadvantaged communities,” Ms Ellis said. 

For further information on the JSA Demonstration Pilots: