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Fraser Coast project to help disadvantaged job seekers

Ministers:

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

A local Fraser Coast Job Services Australia (JSA) provider was selected to participate in a new trial to establish best practice in employment services and improve education and employment outcomes for local job seekers. 

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis and Queensland Senator John Hogg today announced Mission Australia Employment Solutions will run a new JSA Demonstration Pilot in the area. 

“This project will offer tailored support for highly disadvantaged job seekers in the region,” Ms Ellis said. 

“We want to extend the benefits and dignity of work to more Australians. To achieve this, we need to constantly look at new ways to address disadvantage and barriers to employment.” 

The JSA Demonstration Pilot is one of 20 being funded across Australia, with high performing JSA providers delivering targeted programs to help more disadvantaged job seekers find work. 

“This pilot will focus on long- term mentoring and support and will partner with local neighbourhood centres in Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Gayndah by co-locating Mission Australia Employment Solutions staff to deliver employment services in a less formal environment,” he said. 

“It will target job seekers with multiple barriers to employment such as people with drug or alcohol dependency, ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed.” 

The program is one of four JSA Demonstration Pilots in Queensland, each funded with $200,000. 

Senator Hogg congratulated Mission Australia Employment Solutions on being selected. 

The Australian Government is investing $4.7 million in the pilots nationally through the Building Australia’s Future Workforce package. 

The results of the pilots will be shared nationally across JSA organisations to help deliver better support for disadvantaged job seekers. 

For more information, visit

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