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New streamlined service in remote North 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 Far North 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 that My Pathway, a consortium of the Enterprise Management Group Pty Ltd, Industry Education Networking Pty Ltd and Community Enterprises Australia Ltd, will deliver RJCP in the Northern Peninsula Area in the far north of Cape York.

“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.

“RJCP providers will support individuals who are not working to participate in training or activities that will contribute to their communities as well as getting them work-ready.”

“From 1 July 2013, job seekers in communities including Bamaga and Injinoo will get tailored services through the RJCP to help them into work.

Ms Collins said the new RJCP replaces four jobs services functions with one.

“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 the new program followed a review of remote employment and participation services as well as extensive consultations to identify 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.

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