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Appointment of Executive Director for Youth Ambassadors for Development Program



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M EDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

AA74 5 A ugust 1998

APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR YOUTH AMBASSADORS FOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

I am pleased to announce that Mark Darby has been appointed Executive Director of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program.

Mr Darby brings to the position an impressive background in establishing and managing projects that involve young volunteers, including Operation Raleigh in the United States. He established the Australian branch of Youth Challenge International that has selected and supported over 300 Australian youth and technical staff volunteers on projects in the South Pacific and Central and South America.

Mr Darby heads up the Office of Youth Ambassadors for Development Program. The Office comprises a small management team who have extensive links to the private, education and Community sectors. Under his leadership I expect the team will play an integral role in building corporate and community involvement in the program.

The Australian Government has committed $10 million over two years to this new and exciting program which will enable up to 500 young Australian volunteers to contribute to the development of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, enrich their experience and strengthen mutual understanding between Australia and the countries of the Asia-Pacific.

A fundamental and unique feature of the Youth Ambassadors for Development Program is the direct involvement of the corporate sector. Private companies, educational institutions, government agencies, professional and trade associations, business councils and a range of other organisations will be invited to nominate outstanding young Australians for placement under the program. Advertisements calling for applicants will appear in national newspapers on August 29, and the first batch of volunteers is expected to be in the field by February next year.

Other members of the management team include:

Howard Glenn - Marketing Manager. His experience includes the role of national director of the National Australia Day Council and managing the Young Australian of the Year Program.

Laurie LeFevre - Contracts Manager. He is a former senior contracts manager in Purchasing Australia, with a background in leading public sector organisations, including Australia Post, and the (former) State Electricity Commission of Victoria.

Media contacts: Innes Willox (Minister’s Office) 02 62777 500/0419 206890 Matt Francis (AusAID) 02 6206 4967/0417 683126

DEETYA LEADING INDICATOR OF EMPLOYMENT -JUNE 1998

The DEETYA Leading Indicator o f employment is the average of the standardised cyclical elements of six series which have been shown to lead cyclical employment consistently over the past two decades.

Components of the Leading Indicator (seasonally adjusted)

Yearly

(percentage change) Quarterly Monthly

Vehicle Registrations (m) - June 26.5% 19.4% 16.9%

Dwelling Approvals (m) - June 22.7% 5.7% 8.0%

ANZ Vacancies (m) - June 14.0% 2.3% 2.7%

Skilled Vacancy Survey (m) - June 20.8% 0.7% 4.2%

ABS Vacancies (q) - May 27.6% 8.8%

GDP(A) (q) - March 4.9% 1.3%

Value of the Leading Indicator over the Past Six Months'

Jan-98 Feb-98 Mar-98 Apr-98 May-98 Jun-98

Leading Indicator. -0.34 -0.28 -0.20 -0.11 -0.02 0.04

* standard deviations from the cyclical trend

Levels of the DEETYA Leading Indicator of Employment and Cyclical Employment

Leading Indicator

Cyclical Employment

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RESULTS

The DEETYA Leading Indicator rose for the thirteenth consecutive month in June 1998, with all components of the Indicator rising.

Please note: The DEETYA Leading Indicator is now available on the Internet at approximately 2 pm on the day of its release at the following site:

http://www.deetya.gov.au/divisions/epad/lindm/lindhome.htm

Abdul Latif (Ph: (02) 6240 8069) Economic and Labour Market Analysis Branch Department o f Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs 5 August 1998

The next issue of the DEETYA Leading Indicator will be released on 9 September 1998

DEETYA LEADING INDICATOR OF EMPLOYMENT - JUNE 1998

The DEETYA Leading Indicator of employment is the average of the standardised cyclical elements of six series which have been shown to lead cyclical employment consistently over the past two decades.

Components of the Leading Indicator (seasonally adjusted)

Yearlv

(percentage change) Quarterly Monthly

Vehicle Registrations (m) - June 26.5% 19.4% 16.9%

Dwelling Approvals (m) - June 22.7% 5.7% 8.0%

ANZ Vacancies (m) - June 14.0% 2.3% 2.7%

Skilled Vacancy Survey (m) - June 20.8% 0.7% 4.2%

ABS Vacancies (q) - May 27.6% 8.8%

GDP(A) (q) - March 4.9% 1.3%

Value of the Leading Indicator over the Past Six Months'

Jan-98 Feb-98 Mar-98 Apr-98 May-98 Jun-98

Leading Indicator -0.34 -0.28 -0.20 -0.11 -0.02 0.04

* standard deviations from the cyclical trend — j

Levels of the DEETYA Leading Indicator of Employment and Cyclical Employment

Leading Indicator

Cyclical Employment

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RESULTS

The DEETYA Leading Indicator rose for the thirteenth consecutive month in June 1998, with all components of the Indicator rising.

Please note: The DEETYA Leading Indicator is now available on the Internet at approximately 2 pm on the day of its release at the following site:

http://www.deetya.gov.au/divisions/epad/lindm/lindhome.htm

Abdul Latif (Ph: (02) 6240 8069) Economic and Labour Market Analysis Branch Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs 5 August 1998

The next issue of the DEETYA Leading Indicator will be released on 9 September 1998