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Interview - Breakfast with Neil Breen, 4BC Radio

Ministers:

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

Topics: Job opportunities for Australians under the Morrison Government 

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Neil Breen: 

The Federal Government wants us to know Australia is hiring again. There are job vacancies all over the place. They're talking about a quarter of a million of them. Stuart Robert is the Federal Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business. He joins me on the line. Good morning minister. 

Minister Robert:

Great to join you as always. 

Neil Breen: 

Okay, Stuart Robert, I was pretty good at economics at school. It was one of my key things and I did some electives. I'm struggling, now you've got to help me here Stuart Robert I am struggling. So there's figures of Australia's got 280,000 jobs, will be up for grabs and then there's internet vacancies of 250,000 Queensland's got 5700 of these 280,000, you've got to explain it to me Stuart Robert, because I’m lost. 

Minister Robert: 

Well the Internet Vacancy Index is an index that comes out every month, that's put together by the National Skills Commission and gives you an idea of the amount of jobs available right now. Let's just make it really easy, there is a quarter of a million jobs right now the Internet Vacancy Index tell us, and almost 50,000 in Queensland. There's a lot of work available right now. Lots of it, if you're looking for a job, there's never been a better time to get one

Neil Breen: 

And so then today, this figure of 280,000 that is why the government thinks even more jobs will be created between now and Christmas.

Minister Robert: 

Well, you are seeing demand come screaming back, so middle of the year when we came out of let’s call it a pre-Delta lockdown, we saw jobs move, the only industrialised country in the world, to have more of its citizens employees and pre COVID. So we know the economy just roars back as soon as state premiers open borders. We're seeing that happening now in the southern states. Remember New South Wales and Victoria are 57 per cent of all employment. And everyone's looking to hire and there are many, many hundreds of thousands of Australians on payment. 

There is no excuse now. Go out and get a job.

Neil Breen: 

Hundred per cent. There's absolutely no excuse to not have a job if you want one. New South Wales and Victoria boy there are jobs down going there but that'd be natural, with the pandemic businesses shut down and they’ve let employees go and now they want them back. What areas are these jobs in Stuart Robert?

Minister Robert:

Frankly, everywhere. So the Internet Vacancy Index looks at 37 constructs or 37 areas of employment, and they all hiring. However, what's really interesting and really encouraging, especially for those Australians who don't have a lot of skills, is there a hundreds of thousands of low or semi-skilled jobs, in hospitality, in tourism, in restauranting, those sort of areas that are hiring right now.

Neil Breen:

Yeah, well, I reckon, the one thing we do know the hospitality industry is absolutely desperate, desperate for workers. Is this because of a lack of internationals coming to Australia, lack of people from overseas backpackers and everything? Is that creating these employment boom for Australians who've been stuck here minister?

Minister Robert:

Yep spot on. 15 per cent of the entire hospitality industry pre-COVID was staffed by non-Australians. So we’re short 200,000 international students who normally do 20 hours a week. We're short something like 400,000 skilled migrants who also bring in spouses and children who also work in these areas. 

So look at this as an opportunity for Australians. So, I want Australians to get out there. I want them to get engaged. I am going to pressure on them through the Jobactive network to start ensuring Australians on payments are actually applying for those jobs. 

And Neil, there are 94,000 young Australians 15 to 22 who aren't working and aren’t training. There's no excuse why every single one of these young Australians shouldn't be out there working.

Neil Breen:

I agree. Stuart Robert, Federal Employment Minister thanks for your time on 4BC Breakfast.

Minister Robert:

Great to talk to you, cheers.