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Welfare to work: more help for mature age job seekers.



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THE HON KEVIN ANDREWS MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Media Release

050605

Welfare To Work - More Help For Mature Age Job Seekers

The 2005-06 Budget provides further assistance to mature age job seekers to help them find work.

"To improve employment prospects for mature age job seekers, the Government is making significant enhancements to employment services," the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Kevin Andrews said.

New initiatives include:

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Mature age job seekers on income support will get help tailored to their needs and experience through the Job Network; ●

A new Employment Preparation service within Job Network will help mature age people by providing tailored services (which could include raising self-esteem, understanding the modern labour market, basic IT skills, short vocational training courses and employability skills assessment); ●

Mature age job seekers who have been out of the workforce for more than two years will be able to access Employment Preparation immediately. Those who have worked in the previous two years will be able to access it after three months in the Job Network system; ●

There will be more help for mature age job seekers not on income support: they can access up to 5000 Employment Preparation places; ●

There will also be an extra 400 places a year when fully implemented in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) for mature age people not on income support.

There will also be extra funding of $2 million to help provide business with the skills and tools to manage an ageing workforce.

Job seekers aged 50 and over will face the same job search requirements as all other job seekers. People aged 55 and over will be considered to be meeting these requirements if they are in part time work or recognised voluntary activities.

"Mature aged people, working and not working, need to know more about their options and opportunities to remain in the workforce, or to rejoin it. Australian employers need to see their mature age workers as assets that they cannot afford to lose," Mr Andrews said.

For further information contact:

Russ Street 0417 044 712

10/05/2005