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Jobs and employment growth a key priority for the G20

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

The Australian Government is seeking to strengthen international employment and social policies to deliver jobs rich growth and decent work outcomes as countries emerge from the global economic crisis.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, will today address the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting in Paris about how jobs and social protection need to be an integral part of continued global economic recovery.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring all Australians benefit from our predicted period of growth despite global economic uncertainty,” Senator Evans said.

“The G20 meetings are a great opportunity to focus on addressing employment issues on an international level and encouraging the international community to work together to achieve strong economic growth in order for there to be strong jobs growth.

“An approach that combines productive, secure and sustainable employment with effective social protection policies will maximise long-term economic growth.

“The global recession and its ongoing impact continue to require our vigilant, coordinated action at both the international and domestic levels.”

Senator Evans said he will update the meeting on the outcomes of Australia’s employment and social security policies, including the Building Australia’s Future Workforce initiative.

“We believe in improving jobs and training opportunities, and providing the right mix of support and incentives,” Senator Evans said.

“Jobs and social protection must be clear priorities for continued global economic growth.”

The outcomes of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting will be considered by G20 Leaders in Cannes on 3 and 4 November 2011.