Australia launches reforms to get people into work

Australia’s government has launched jobactive – a $5bn (£2.57bn) programme bringing in a raft of reforms aimed at better meeting the needs of jobseekers.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015Australia’s government has launched jobactive – a $5bn (£2.57bn) programme bringing in a raft of reforms aimed at better meeting the needs of jobseekers.

Under the programme, service providers will no longer receive ‘job placement’ payments, as had previously been the case. The government added that rules around training were being tightened to ensure that job seekers were “not being sent to training for training’s sake”.

jobactive initiatives include the Job Commitment Bonus programme to encourage young, long-term unemployed job seekers aged 18-30 to find and keep a job, the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job programme that will offer eligible job seekers financial assistance if they move to a different region to take up continuing work and the Restart programme to encourage businesses to employ job seekers aged 50 years or above.

Meanwhile, Work for the Dole, a work-based welfare programme, will be rolled out nationally.

Separately, Australia’s government has launched the Indigenous Languages and Arts programme.

This funds organisations that provide career opportunities and pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language workers and support the revival and preservation of indigenous languages.

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