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Budget 2006: Help for people moving into work in Bundaberg.



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Paul NEVILLE MP

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Help for people moving into work in Bundaberg Wednesday, 10 May 2006

Two organisations in Bundaberg will help more locals move into paid work after successfully tendering to the Australian Government’s new Job Capacity Assessment programme. Member for Hinkler Paul Neville

announced today that IMPACT Make Your Mark and Advanced Personnel Management would become part of a nation-wide service to be delivered from 1 July this year by three government providers, Centrelink, CRS Australia and Health Services Australia and 15 private sector providers. Mr Neville said the Government had committed $320 million to the programme over three years to help more than one million Australians connect to the right support services. “Job Capacity Assessments will help people by identifying their barriers to work, and directly connecting them to support or employment services that match their individual needs,” he said. “The program is a major component of the Government’s Welfare to Work program, helping to ensure we focus on what people can do, rather than what they can’t do.” “The new system will significantly improve current arrangements, as the assessment will be completed sooner, usually within 10 working days. Early intervention and support will help people who are able to work, find paid employment that suits their abilities.” A Job Capacity Assessment can inform Centrelink’s decision about eligibility for Newstart or Disability Support Pension payments, but assessors will not make income support decisions - that remains the responsibility of Centrelink. For more information about the Job Capacity Assessment programme, please visit the website www.jca.gov.au For more information, contact Wendy Black, Office of the Minister for Human Services, (02) 6277 7200