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Wednesday, 22 June 1994
Page: 1871

Senator FOREMAN —My question is directed to Senator Schacht in his capacity as the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, Education and Training. I understand that there has been good progress with the Adelaide `Jobs for Youth' campaign. Can the minister inform the Senate of the operations of this campaign, the campaign's outcomes to date and the relationship between the campaign and the provisions in the government's white paper on industry and employment, Working Nation?

Senator SCHACHT —This is a good story. A good announcement was made yesterday by the Adelaide Lord Mayor, Mr Ninio, and the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, Mr Crean. They announced that the 1,000th job in the `Jobs for Youth' campaign was filled. This campaign was established by the local community in Adelaide under the patronage of the Lord Mayor, Mr Ninio; various private sector organisations; the Trades and Labor Council of South Australia; and the Department of Employment, Education and Training. They set themselves the target of getting 1,000 jobs for young people in South Australia in under six months, and they got the 1,000 jobs because of the work that was put together by this committee in conjunction with DEET. It has been a very successful story, and one that shows that when the community works together we can improve the employment situation, particularly for young people.

  A hotline is provided so that employers can ring up and let the committee know what employees they want. There is a rapid response goal set by the campaign whereby every employer who calls to offer a job or to find out more about the scheme must be responded to within three hours of leaving the message. If employers want an employee, they must have a prospective employee referred to them within 24 hours. I understand that in most cases the CES is meeting these performance indicators. I am sure that all of us, particularly the unemployed, are very pleased that the CES has been so effective in working with this committee. This initiative has now been working for just on six months in South Australia.

Senator Ferguson —How long since we had a change of government? Six months!

Senator SCHACHT —It would be just on six months. Senator Ferguson may wish to claim that the election of the state government in South Australia had something to do with this but, unfortunately for him, this campaign has been run by the local community in conjunction with DEET.

  That shows the effectiveness of the campaign. We are very pleased about it. Honourable senators opposite may wish to joke about any success in reducing unemployment for people, particularly young people in South Australia. However, we believe that this initiative, now as we roll into the announcements in the white paper on employment and industry, Working Nation, shows that the community can work with government in reducing unemployment, particularly for young people. On behalf of the government, as Mr Crean did yesterday, we congratulate the South Australian community and, in particular, the chairmanship of the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Mr Ninio.