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Local Jobs Program

COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on the Australian economy and the impact is being felt in different ways across the country. This government recognises the importance of taking a local approach and supporting people to take advantage of new job opportunities emerging as the economic recovery gathers pace.

 

That is why the Australian Government has established a new $62.8 million Local Jobs Program to be rolled out in 25 regions across Australia.

 

The Program recognises the importance of local knowledge in supporting the nation’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and will tailor employment and training solutions to the needs of each of the 25 regions.

 

The Program focuses on reskilling, upskilling and establishing employment pathways for those looking for work, to help them enter into employment as quickly as possible.

 

The program includes three key elements, Employment Facilitators, Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces, and Local Recovery Funds.

 

A local Employment Facilitator will be placed in each of the 25 regions.

 

These Facilitators will be dedicated individuals who draw on their local expertise to get the whole community working together to support people into work or training as quickly as possible. They will also work with job seekers in their region to connect them with training, job opportunities or other support.

 

Each Employment Facilitator will chair a Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

 

Taskforce members will be selected from a cross-section of key local stakeholders, including employers, training organisations, employment services providers, local and state government representatives, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community representatives and other community organisations.

 

Taskforce members will work with local employers to identify what they are looking for and build pathways for unemployed people to train for, and enter into, industries with jobs in demand.

 

Each Taskforce will also be responsible for developing a Local Jobs Plan.

 

The Local Jobs Plans will identify each region’s local priorities, opportunities and skills gaps. It will draw on information provided by the newly established National Skills Commission and the National Careers Institute.

 

Local Recovery Funds will also be available to support local stakeholders to develop projects that place job seekers at the heart of local economic recovery.

 

These projects will ensure job seekers have the skills and other support to move into jobs in demand. For example, where the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce identifies healthcare as a growth industry, the Employment Facilitator could work with employers, employment services providers and training providers to upskill job seekers in the region to move into healthcare jobs.

 

The Program will run until 30 June 2022. Further information is available at https://www.employment.gov.au/local-jobs-program.