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Minister opens 10th career reference centre



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MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

The Hon. Ian Viner, MP

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MINISTER OPENS 10th CAREER REFERENCE CENTRE

The Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, Mr Ian Viner, today opened Australia's 10th Career Reference Centre, in Canberra.

Mr Viner said that Career Reference Centres were now located in all capital cities , as well as at Newcastle, Wollongong and Geelong.

He said the first centres were opened in 1971, when they were largely geared towards the needs of students intending to go on to tertiary education.

"Their role and function has broadened over the years„ Now, as fewer young people are turning to tertiary education, they aim to present up-to-date, comprehensive . information on a wide range of jobs as well as more general

information about the world of work. They present information via a range of media including the printed word, audio cassettes, audio visual sequences and video tapes. National and State Careers Guides have been produced and are available

through the centres." - '

Mr Viner said it was appropriate that the official opening of the centre was occuring at a time critical to young people. "It is a time when they need information on the range of career opportunities available, for the decisions they make could well be the most important decisions of their lives. Many of them will already have visited Career Reference Centres in the States - last year 240,000 young people, and many parents, benefited from the operation of

the centres," he said.

CANBERRA 7 November, 1979