More people in remote Northern Territory communities 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 chosen to deliver RJCP in the remote regions of Gulf, Ngukurr/Numbulwar, Katherine and Victoria River.
“The Australian 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.
“These RJCP providers 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 providers to deliver RJCP in the four Northern Territory regions are:
Gulf Savannah NT Assn Inc (a joint venture between Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Assn and Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation)
Roper Gulf Shire Council, with Alawa Aboriginal Corporation as subcontractor
Jobfind Centres Australia Ltd, with Kalano Community Association Incorporated as subcontractor.
Victoria Daly Shire Council, with Industries Services Training Pty Ltd as subcontractor
Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon 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,” Mr Snowdon 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. And 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 and drive they are looking for.
“The 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 is based on community and involvement. It 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 a number of remote regions in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territoryhave been announced today. Announcements about providers for other regions will be made in coming weeks.
Information about RJCP is available at www.deewr.gov.au/rjcp