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New streamlined service in central and western Queensland to help people get work and strengthen communities

Ministers:

The Hon Julie Collins MP
Minister for Community Services, Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for the Status of Women

More people in central and western Queensland will be helped to get jobs and participate in their communities thanks to the Australian Government’s new $1.5 billion Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP), which starts on 1 July 2013.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Julie Collins today announced the providers to deliver RJCP in seven remote regions in the state.

“The Gillard Government believes that everyone who can work should work and those who are not working should be participating in meaningful activities that contribute to the strength and sustainability of their community,” Ms Collins said.

“But we recognise that in remote areas, job seekers, many of whom are Indigenous Australians, face extra challenges in finding local jobs. We also know that employers in remote locations often have trouble finding skilled workers.”

“Job seekers in communities including Longreach, Cloncurry, Hughenden, Kuranda, Doomadgee and Normanton will get tailored services to help them into work.

“Providers in these regions will help ensure local people are ready to take up local jobs. They will support individuals who are not working to participate to their capacity in training or activities that will contribute to their communities as well as making them more work-ready.”

The RJCP providers announced today are:

  • Remote Region: Central West Provider: Employment Services Qld in a partnership with Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board.
  • Remote Region: Cloncurry Provider: MaxNetwork Pty Ltd with subcontractors Beyond Billabong Pty Ltd and Rainbow Gateway Ltd
  • Remote Region: West Isa/Alpurrurulam Provider: Rainbow Gateway Limited with subcontractors Myuma Pty Ltd and Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation
  • Remote Region: Doomadgee Provider: Enterprise Management Group Pty Ltd in a joint venture with Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Remote Region: Wellesley Islands Provider: Jobfind Centres Australia Pty Ltd
  • Remote Region: Western Tablelands Provider: Jobfind Centres Australia Pty Ltd
  • Remote Region: Carpentaria Provider: Bynoe Community Advancement Co-operative Society Limited

Ms Collins said the Australian Government has undertaken a competitive, open and fair process to find suitable RJCP providers across remote Australia.

"We are taking four jobs services functions and putting them into one,” Ms Collins said.

“Under RJCP, job seekers including those on CDEP wages, will be able to go to just one provider to get the personalised support they need.

“Employers will find that their local RJCP provider is able to get to know their needs better, and to help link them up with job seekers who have the skills they are looking for.

“RJCP providers will also be working closely with communities in their region to set out priorities and goals for participation, training, employment and long-term development.

“The program will encourage and promote collaborative, community-driven, approaches to employment and participation activities.”

Ms Collins said a review of remote employment and participation services in 2011 and subsequent extensive consultations identified what was and wasn’t working in remote communities.

The Government is committed to minimising disruption for job seekers, communities and employers during the transition period.

Providers for many regions in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory have already been announced.

Announcements about providers for other regions will be made in coming days.

Information about RJCP is available at www.deewr.gov.au/rjcp.