New jobs are created by a positive economic environment, business leadership and innovation. Government-funded employment services need to connect the unemployed to these opportunities, and strong policies are needed to improve workforce participation across all disadvantaged groups.
• Employment services that understand and satisfy the needs of employers in each industry including providers working in partnership with industry bodies, and, on mechanisms to better serve the needs of job seekers and employers through services dedicated to each group utilising the latest technology to provide better matching and links to the existing job market.
• Achieve increased workforce participation and diversity through promoting the business case and investing in positive programs such as Employ Outside the Box and UN Women’s Empowerment Principles rather than through regulatory and negative impositions of quotas and reporting.
• Continue to pursue stronger policies that improve the transition for young people from education to work including a well-designed youth employment program, better career development, improving job readiness, promoting apprenticeships and improving workplace regulation.
• Support mutual obligation requirements in the welfare system, and promote work as the best option.
• Improve access to better and affordable child care by targeting subsidies to lower-income earners and providing options for others through subsidies for nannies, the development of new visa arrangements for au pairs and the opportunity to apply for HECs style loans to provide assistance to parents during the years of maximum child care costs.
• Continue to emphasise the importance of developing career skills and an informed market, including the need for the National Careers Institute to ensure lifelong access to information and advice which is industry informed.
• Encourage greater collaboration between Federal and State/Territory Governments so that employment assistance programs are better coordinated.
Director - Employment, Education & Training