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Federal government assists homeless young Tasmanians

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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.

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Parliament House, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

21 December 1992 PS469/92


Homeless young people in Tasmania will benefit from two innovative projects designed to improve their training and employment prospects, which were announced today by the Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples.

Mr Staples said that Colony 47 Inc. will receive funding of $200,000 for the southern region and the City of Burnie $200,000 for the north-west region of Tasmania, under the Job Placement and Employment Training Program (JPET).

"JPET is a two year pilot program launched by the Federal Government in October 1992 and is designed to tackle the problems of youth homelessness and the associated cycle of unemployment and poverty," he said.

"Colony 47 and the City of Burnie will provide employment training and job placements for homeless 15 to 19 year olds in their regions.

"These services will also provide on-going support to assist homeless young people to become more competitive in the open job market. Linkages with existing services and organisations will play a major role in providing this assistance."

Mr Staples said the two projects will be of great benefit to local communities by providing opportunities for young homeless people to access jobs.

"It is also pleasing to note the commitment already given to these projects by employers, community service organisations and local governments," he said.

JPET is administered through the Federal Department of Health, Housing and Community Services.

Contact: Valerie Martin (002) 211 417 C ommonwealth p a r l ia m e n t a r y library tvilC A H

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