Release type: Joint Media Release


Job talks with Chinese and Burmese communities in Deakin


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

Community leaders from the Chinese and Burmese community in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs today met with Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis and Federal Member for Deakin Mike Symon to discuss local employment issues faced by new migrants.

Minister Ellis said the roundtable discussion gave people the chance to share ideas on how to tailor employment services to meet the needs of migrants looking for work.

“I want to hear first-hand from local Chinese and Burmese community leaders in this area about their success stories, as well as the challenges they face getting into the workforce,” Minister Ellis said.

“I want to know what works and what doesn’t, so the Government can tailor our programs to the needs of this community and make sure we are delivering good jobs and opportunities for locals.”

Mike Symon said that the large community of Chinese and Burmese migrants in Melbourne were making the most of the chance to make connections with jobs services.

“There are around 3000 job seekers in Melbourne who were born in China and nearly 1000 who were born in Burma. We want to help them into work so that they can have more rewarding and fulfilling lives. It’s great to see that they are keen to discuss how to get people into the right jobs,” Mr Symon said.

“As the local Member, I know job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can face barriers to employment including getting work experience, or the need to improve their English language skills – we want to help remove these barriers.

“This roundtable allows community leaders and providers of employment and other services to share experiences, so that we can better link up services to job seekers in both of these communities.”

Minister Ellis said the whole economy benefits when people’s skills are matched up with job opportunities.

“This roundtable is part of a series we are holding with migrant communities to hear from people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and build an even better employment system,” Minister Ellis said.

“It follows the launch in December last year of our ‘Employment Services - Building on Success’ issues paper, on the future structure and delivery of Job Services Australia beyond 2015.

“We’ve invested $10 billion in employment services to help get all Australians, no matter where they are born, into a good job. Because of this, so far Job Services Australia providers have successfully placed more than 1.4 million people into jobs.”

Successful roundtables have already been held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. More will be held across metropolitan and regional Australia.

The Australian Government’s roundtables are designed to improve service delivery by giving providers a better understanding of issues faced by migrants looking for work, sharing success stories and exploring what can be done to improve the delivery of employment services and sharing information on the importance of integrated serviced delivery.

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