Our states landmark Jobs Victoria program has helped more than 6,000 Victorian jobseekers find work since the program began in September 2016.
The $90 million program has assisted young jobseekers, long-term jobseekers, and jobseekers from culturally diverse backgrounds. It provides targeted support to job seekers, helping them get job-ready and connecting them with employers.
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 included a $21 million boost for Jobs Victoria, which will help an additional 2,000 long-term jobseekers into work.
A $1.15 million boost will help disengaged young people into work, by focussing on engaging at-risk youth from migrant communities through community activities, sport and employment.
The funding builds on successful migrant outreach programs such as Given the Chance, which is delivered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in partnership with The Huddle and Moonee Valley City Council.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll says the Government is backing young people, because they will drive the economic future of Victoria.
On average over the last 15 years, about 200,000 new jobs have been created each year nationwide, according to an ABC report. Almost one in 10 jobs is in the construction sector, but Australia is also “investing big” in health and education, with some spending going to arts and recreation.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), now the biggest employer in every state, is expected to create an extra 80,000 full-time jobs by 2020, according to Department of Social Security figures.
Thirty years ago, the single-biggest employer in nearly every state and territory was manufacturing. Now it is the biggest source of job losses, losing nearly 60,000 positions in the last five years.