Delivering improved employment services was the focus of a roundtable meeting held with local Job Services Australia Providers in Ballina today.
Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan hosted the discussions at the Ballina RSL Club.
“The Australian Government is committed to better targeting its employment programmes to job seekers and employers,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“To that end it is critical that Job Services Australia—the nation’s key job services provider—is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.
“I welcomed today’s opportunity to meet with local JSA Providers and hear first-hand about their success in helping people into jobs.
“These providers are at the employment coalface and are in the best position to provide advice to government on developing a modern and competitive employment services sector.
“The Coalition made a commitment to the Australian people at the election that we would improve employment opportunities. Every region has different challenges but the Government wants to see every Australian who is capable of working in a job.
“That is why we will introduce a number of new programmes in 2014 to support job seekers.
“From 1 July the Job Commitment Bonus will pay long-term unemployed young Australians aged 18-30 and in receipt of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance (other), $2500 if they get a job and remain off welfare for a continuous period of one year. These same job seekers will be eligible for a further $4000 if they stay in work and off welfare for a continuous period of two years.
“The Relocation Assistance To Take Up a Job programme will provide a payment of up to $6000 to encourage unemployed people to move to take up a job.
“And the Seniors Employment Incentive Payment will provide a business with a payment of up to $3250 if it hires a job seeker aged 50 or over, who has been unemployed for at least six months and is receiving income support.”
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the roundtable will bring together people who understand the local employment market and allow them to swap and develop new ideas about the best way to create jobs in Page.
“It is important that those delivering services on the ground are brought together so they can get a better understanding of what the new Government is doing to help people gain employment and how we are encouraging businesses to create new jobs,” he said.
“We must make it easier for businesses to employee people and make it easier for people to get jobs. I look forward to hearing the feedback from the roundtable.”
Mr Hartsuyker said the Government inherited an employment services system which was bound in paperwork and not meeting the needs of job seekers and employers.
“The Government has already moved to reduce red tape for job services providers by scrapping requirements to keep paper records and simplifying arrangements for contract changes," Mr Hartsuyker said.
“We are currently reviewing every aspect of the JSA system to strike the right balance between flexibility in service delivery, and aim to implement a streamlined, more effective system from 2015."
For further information on Job Services Australia visit http://www.employment.gov.au/