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Government app becomes Australia's latest jobs finder

Ministers:

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

With a few taps on their smart phone job seekers can now search through some 40,000 job vacancies and find their perfect match through a new free Government app anywhere, anytime.

Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis today launched the Australian Government’s new Australian JobSearch mobile app for Apple and Android devices at the Penrith Jobs and Skills Expo.

Ms Ellis said the new app was now available on iTunes and Google Play.

"The new app is a win for job seekers and a win for businesses looking for workers—especially in regional Australia,” Ms Ellis said.

"Anything that gets job seekers in touch with job vacancies more easily and quickly is great for the job market and our economy.

"The app makes Australia’s largest free online job search website available on hand-held devices and uses GPS technology so job seekers can look for work in their immediate area.

"This will be useful in linking job seekers with farmers looking for workers for casual jobs such as fruit picking on what’s known as the Harvest Trail.

"The app will also be useful to anyone looking for work in the mining industry, or any other industry with job vacancies advertised on the JobSearch website.

"I urge anyone looking for work to visit iTunes, for Apple devices, and Google Play for Android systems and download their free app today.”

The app brings Australian JobSearch (www.jobsearch.gov.au) to mobile devices across Australia.

It allows users to:

  • search for job vacancies, including those nearby
  • search for harvest jobs
  • search for employment services providers
  • link to the Resources Sector Jobs Board
  • save favourites to help find similar lines of work regardless of where in Australia the user happens to be.

Ms Ellis said the app could be approved over time to make the most of the smart phone technology.

"Based on what we’ve learned in developing this app, I’ve asked the department to also explore services that use other mobile device features such as cameras, calendars and social media,” she said.

"That could make the app more user-friendly and help bring more workers and employers together.”