Government consults on jobs model, and more


Government consults on jobs model, and more

Consultation begins to find the ultimate model for job services in Australia | National Disability Strategy — a blueprint for action | Pacific National Coal dispute continues.


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Consultation begins to find the ultimate model for job services in Australia | National Disability Strategy — a blueprint for action | Pacific National Coal dispute continues.
Consultation begins to find the ultimate model for job services in Australia 
The Australian Government is calling for ideas to help build the ultimate model for job services in Australia, with the first of a series of nation-wide stakeholder consultation sessions having commenced in Hobart.

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said the sessions will help inform how Australia’s future employment services will operate from July 2015.

‘We’ve invested $10 billion in employment services to help support all Australians, no matter their walk in life into a good job. Because of this, through Job Services Australia we have successfully placed more than 1.4 million people into jobs since it began in July 2009,’ Minister Ellis said.

‘We want to build the ultimate employment services model to take us into the future, so we can get even more Australians into work.’

‘Since coming into government, we have created around 850,000 jobs, in spite of the Global Financial Crisis, and have an unemployment rate the envy of the developed world — but supporting jobs for Australians is our priority and we are always going to be working on the next step forward.’

‘These consultations will build on our Issues Paper released in December last year — we want to hear from employers, stakeholders, providers and job seekers about how we can better meeting the needs of job seekers and work in partnership with employers to get even more Australians into jobs.’

The consultation sessions will take place in capital cities and selected regional centres.

Consultation with job seekers, employers and employment service providers to get their ideas on the issues paper will run until 15 March 2013, with written submissions closing on that date.

For more information and to download or comment on the issues paper visit DEEWR.

National Disability Strategy — a blueprint for action

A report setting out how governments across Australia will work together to deliver the National Disability Strategy has been tabled by the Standing Council on Community and Disability Services to the Council of Australian Governments.

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, said the National Disability Strategy Report to the Council of Australian Governments 2012 will drive the implementation of the National Disability Strategy over the next two years.

‘Through the National Disability Strategy, all governments have committed to working with people with disability, their families and carers, and the disability services sector to deliver changes that will improve people’s lives,’ Ms Macklin said.

‘This report will help ensure we remain focused on achieving key outcomes as we implement the National Disability Strategy over the next 10 years.’

The National Disability Strategy covers six broad areas:
  1. inclusive and accessible communities
  2. rights, protection, justice and legislation
  3. economic security
  4. personal and community support
  5. learning and skills
  6. health and wellbeing.
Improving the design of both mainstream and disability-specific services will transform the experiences and lives of people with disability and create more inclusive communities.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, said the Australian Government is committed to working with state, territory and local governments to continue to implement the Strategy.

Pacific National Coal dispute continues

The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) continues industrial action in its dispute with Pacific National Coal with rolling stoppages.

Asciano confirmed that members of the RTBU have escalated a dispute over an Enterprise Agreement (EA) for its Pacific National Coal division’s NSW employees with two 24-hour rolling stoppages over the weekend.
Pacific National Coal has been negotiating with the RTBU over a replacement EA for its 840 NSW employees for more than 12 months.
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