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Strong partnerships vital to helping job seekers find work


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment

Building strong partnerships to help job seekers into work sooner was the key message of the AMES Better Together conference attended by the Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker today.

“The Australian Government is committed to helping people move from welfare to work sooner so they can build a better life for themselves” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“As I travel around the country talking to stakeholders it’s inspiring to meet providers like AMES who understand that strong partnerships with employers and other support services is the key to helping job seekers find and keep a job.

“Building local connections and providing tailored support is especially important  in helping refugees and newly arrived migrants to adjust to living and working in Australia.

“For some people, the way of working in Australia is quite different from what they have known previously.  It is important that refugees and migrants receive practical help to ensure they have the language skills, knowledge and technical skills  that employers are looking for, no matter where they may be living in Australia.”

“Our employment services providers are there not only to help people get a foot in the door with a job, but to keep a job. Understanding what employers need and then meeting that need is the key to success.”

The Government is committed to making sure our employment service providers are better meeting the needs of employers now and into the future. To help providers with this task, the Government has announced a range of red-tape reduction measures which will save providers and employers up to $23 million in costs every year.

“Looking ahead, strong, local partnerships will be more important than ever in our employment services system.  We need organisations that can offer flexible and holistic services that work for both job seekers and employers” Mr Hartsuyker said.

AMES is a specialist Job Services Australia provider in Victoria that provides assistance to newly arrived refugees and migrants. Between 1 July 2009 and 28 February 2014 AMES and its staff have achieved over 16,000 job placements for job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

A copy of the Minister’s speech is available here: