SENATOR THE HON DAVID FAWCETT
Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Senator for South Australia
SENATOR THE HON MICHAELIA CASH
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia
THE HON LUKE HOWARTH MP
Assistant Minister for youth and employment services
Member for Petrie
SENATOR ALEX ANTIC
Senator for South Australia
Local Recovery Fund Project for Adelaide’s North
Residents of Adelaide’s northern suburbs will benefit from a $68,760 investment to help local job seekers back into work, as part of the Australian Government’s Local Recovery Fund.
The Local Recovery Fund is an important part of the Local Jobs Program and the Australian Government’s Economic Recovery Plan. The first release of 15 local employment projects comprises an initial investment of more than $2 million.
This includes a training and employment project run by MAX Solutions in Adelaide’s North, which will assist up to 20 unemployed people, including Indigenous job seekers, to gain the qualifications, skills and experience to work in the care sector at Aboriginal Family Support Services.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said local knowledge and community links are vital as Australia recovers from COVID-19.
“We are supporting local communities through the Local Recovery Fund so they can help find people work and meet local employer demand,” Minister Cash said.
“These region-specific projects are the result of the work of our fantastic Employment Facilitators and their Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces.”
Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, the Hon Luke Howarth MP, said the 15 funded projects were spread across the nation.
“This support will be invaluable for regions experiencing high unemployment and include mentoring, training and reskilling, in line with local employment needs,” Assistant Minister Howarth said.
Senator the Hon David Fawcett anticipates a positive impact as a result of the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce identifying local labour needs, and establishing employment pathways.
“While almost all of jobs lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have now returned, there are still many Australians looking for work so our Government is delivering innovative programs to connect local businesses with potential employees,” Senator Fawcett said.
“Having a local jobs and skills taskforce and employment facilitator with substantial knowledge and expertise in the needs of local employers can only benefit job seekers who are actively searching for employment, in fields such as the health and care sectors, transport and logistics, retail, manufacturing, and agriculture, among others.”
Senator Alex Antic said a locally driven, tailor made program would address Adelaide North’s priorities.
“We want to see as many job seekers as possible in Adelaide’s North upskill and reskill, using solutions developed by our local community,” Senator Antic said.
Organisations with ideas for Local Recovery Fund projects should talk to their local Employment Facilitator and one of the 25 Taskforces in the selected Local Jobs Program Employment Region.
More details about the Local Jobs Program can be found at https://www.dese.gov.au/local-jobs-program.