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New streamlined service in remote Northern Territory 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 the Northern Territory’s far north 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 the Gapuwiyak-Yirrkala region.

“Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation and Marngarr Resource Centre Aboriginal Corporation will form a joint venture company to deliver RJCP in Gapuwiyak-Yirrkala,” Ms Collins said.

“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.

“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."

Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said that RJCP providers will be able to help local people get the skills they need to take up local jobs.

“The program is based on community involvement and will support individuals who are not working to participate in training or activities that will contribute to their communities as well as making them more work-ready,” Mr Snowdon said.

Ms Collins said 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.”

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.

“RJCP has been designed to encourage and promote collaborative, community-driven, approaches to employment and participation activities,” Ms Collins said.

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.