Guide to Giving
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Politics

Disadvantaged Job-Seekers Initiative


Tuesday, 25th May 2010 at 2:47 pm
Staff Reporter
Not for Profits join in Federal Government initiative to help disadvantaged job-seekers.

Tuesday, 25th May 2010
at 2:47 pm
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Disadvantaged Job-Seekers Initiative
Tuesday, 25th May 2010 at 2:47 pm

Not for Profits have joined in the Federal Government’s new Local Connections to Work initiative to bring together employment, advice and support services to help disadvantaged job-seekers move into work.

Under Local Connections to Work, disadvantaged job seekers will be able to access, in one location, financial assistance, advocacy, housing, employment and health support services, education and counselling, and other services which may help overcome barriers to employment.

Commonwealth, State and local government services, Job Services Australia, Disability Employment Services, education providers and community welfare and service organisations will join Centrelink to provide improved links between services for disadvantaged job seekers.

The pilot begins today at Frankston in Victoria and will be followed at Campsie in NSW, Ipswich in Queensland and Elizabeth in SA by the end of June.

The Federal Minister for Human Services, Chris Bowen says closer collaboration between service providers will make it easier for people with serious barriers to receive the services they need so they can move into work.

The services would be targeted at those who had been unemployed for five or more years and to disadvantaged youth and others in need.

Services provided on the ground to job seekers in each location will be driven by local needs and tailored to the circumstances of the job seeker and their families.

Job seekers targeted for assistance will have joint meetings with Centrelink and their Job Services Australia provider or Disability Employment Services provider.

Where a particular service is not available on-site, job seekers will be helped to connect with the services required.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has welcomed the initiative saying the new program is a great step toward helping disadvantaged job-seekers who are often juggling a range of serious problems, like homelessness, poor health and financial stresses, that make job search difficult.

ACOSS CEO Clare Martin says bringing together employment and community assistance services should make it easier for disadvantaged job-seekers to get the help the need as they move between services.

Martin says income management targets long-term jobseekers and does not take personal circumstances into account. The $410 million which will be spent on income management over the next five years would be better directed into programs such as the Local Connections to Work programs that actively help people find work.



Guide to Giving

FEATURED SUPPLIERS


Yes we’re lawyers, but we do a lot more....

Moores

HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

Brennan IT helps not-for-profit (NFP) organisations drive gr...

Brennan IT

Helping the helpers fund their mission…...

FrontStream Pty Ltd (FrontStream AsiaPacific)

More Suppliers

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Public Interest / Private Interest – A Fundamental Distinction

David Crosbie

Thursday, 14th September 2017 at 8:46 am

Boosting Philanthropy For A Stronger Australia

Wendy Williams

Monday, 11th September 2017 at 5:16 pm

Students With a Disability Face Cuts in Five States and Territories Next Year

Luke Michael

Friday, 8th September 2017 at 10:08 am

POPULAR

Moves to Stop Volunteering at Overseas Orphanages

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 13th September 2017 at 1:54 pm

Future Uncertain for Disability Organisations Following Funding Cuts

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 19th September 2017 at 8:29 am

Majority of NFPs Are Not Believed to be Well-Run, According to New Survey

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 12th September 2017 at 4:14 pm

More Australians Are Giving Time Not Money

Wendy Williams

Monday, 11th September 2017 at 5:07 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Guide to Giving
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!