Federal MP Janelle Saffin has confirmed that nine providers will deliver the Rudd Government’s ‘more personalised’ $4-billion employment services system in Page.

Ms Saffin said new services — Job Services Australia: People, Skills, Jobs — folds seven separate employment services programs into a ‘one-stop-shop’ that will assist job seekers, including Indigenous Australians, youth at risk and people with disabilities.

She said Job Services Australia will begin operation on July 1 this year and successful providers who will deliver generalist employment services in Page are:

  • Tursa Employment & Training Incorporated — Lismore, Casino, Kyogle, Ballina, Grafton, Yamba.
  • Nortec Employment and Training Limited – Lismore, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Grafton, Yamba.
  • Jobfind Centres Australia Pty Ltd – Lismore, Ballina, Casino, Woodburn.

Ms Saffin said she was particularly pleased that the following providers would deliver specialist services to Indigenous Australians, youth at risk and people with disabilities:

  • Griffith Skills Training Centre Incorporated – for Indigenous Australians in Lismore, Casino, Kyogle.
  • Aboriginal Corporation for Employment and Training – for Indigenous Australians in Grafton, Yamba.
  • Yabur Yulgun CDEP Aboriginal Corporation – for Indigenous Australians in Lismore.
  • Bunjum Aboriginal Co-operative Limited – for Indigenous Australians in Ballina.
  • Job Futures Limited – for youth at risk in Lismore, Casino, Kyogle.
  • Key Employment Association Incorporated – for people with a disability in Grafton.

Nationally, 141 providers, supported by at least 48 sub contractors will deliver Job Services Australia to job seekers in 116 Employment Service areas.

There will be more than 2000 Job Service Australia sites across the nation, an increase from 1800 sites under the current system.

Federal Employment Participation Minister Brendan O’Connor said Job Services Australia would deliver a better, more personalised service that responds to all economic conditions.

“Job seekers will receive an individual Employment Pathway Plan, which can include literacy and numeracy programs, work experience, help with resumes, trade equipment and training,” he said.

“The new services will also have stronger links to the Government’s $2 billion Productivity Places Program, which consists of 711,000 training places of which 319,000 places are for job seekers and 20,000 are identified for recently retrenched workers.

“As Australia faces the impact of a global recession, we need to ensure job seekers are able to access employment services that will help them gain new skills and be job ready.

“Job Service Australia providers will also work with employers in Page to help them find workers that have the skills needed in the local labour market.”

Mr O’Connor said Government wanted to ensure that job seekers have access to employment services that best suit them as well as the best possible employment service providers to deliver them.

More information and a complete list of successful tenderers can be found at www.workplace.gov.au