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New service for the entrance will turn lives around

On 5 August 2013 the government assumed a Caretaker role, with an election to be held 7 September 2013.

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Monday 30 April 2012 Joint Media Release

Senator The Hon Kim Carr [link:/carr]

• Minister for Human Services

The Hon Kate Ellis MP [link:/ellis]

• Minister for Employment Participation • Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

The Entrance jobseekers can find the help they need in one place from this week, thanks to the new Local Connections to Work service.

Local Connections to Work brings Centrelink and Medicare services, employment services providers and community groups all under one roof to help people overcome serious barriers to employment.

Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr said the service had already placed 1400 people in jobs nation-wide, through ten other locations.

“This is a new way of helping the long-term unemployed, disadvantaged youth, and others in need,” Senator Carr said.

“It’s about providing practical help to people when and where they need it - so people only have to tell their story once to get help for several issues in the same place.”

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This is the latest in a suite of initiatives being introduced into The Entrance to help the long term unemployed to secure work and a better future for themselves and their families.

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said the program can help people with chronic barriers to employment.

“People who have been unemployed for a very long time have received training and other services to improve their chances of finding a job,” Ms Ellis said

“Having multiple service providers under one roof means government and community partners better understand each other’s business.”

Ten existing sites currently run Local Connections to Work in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania - all in areas that, like The Entrance, have been hard hit by unemployment. A total of twenty-four sites will open across the country by 2015.

Local Connections to Work service is available at The Entrance DHS service centre located at 16-18 Fairview Ave.

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