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Continued support for disadvantaged young job seekers.



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Hon Peter Dutton MP Minister for Workforce Participation

27 September, 2005

Media Release

Continued support for disadvantaged young job seekers

"Disadvantaged young job seekers will benefit from the continued funding of the Jobs Placement, Employment and Training (JPET) programme from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2009" the Minister for Workforce Participation, Peter Dutton, announced today.

"JPET helps young people aged 15 to 21 years who face a number of hurdles in their personal lives to stay connected with school or work and to build a more stable lifestyle.

"The programme has a special focus on helping those young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who face additional barriers due to physical or mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse, or family breakdown", Mr Dutton said.

"In 2005-06, the Government will spend approximately $20 million on the programme which is delivered by 133 services across the country. Around 14,000 young people are helped through the programme each year".

"JPET offers young people hope and the chance to make the changes in their life which will help them to achieve success at school or in work".

"In recognition of the value of this programme, the Government has decided to continue funding for a further three years from 2006 and will be conducting an open tender for the programme", he said.

"An exposure draft of the purchasing arrangements for the proposed tender process is now available for public comment. I would like to invite interested service providers to view the exposure draft and to attend one of the public information sessions in coming weeks",

Mr Dutton said.

Information on the proposed purchasing arrangements for 2006-09 is available at www.workplace.gov.au/ESpurchasing

For further information contact: Brad Emery 02 6277 7630