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'Keep Australia Working' marks 1000 jobs in first week [and] Fact sheet.

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Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Minister for Employment Participation 17 July, 2009

Media release

'Keep Australia Working' marks 1000 jobs in first week

Joint Media Release with the Hon Jason Clare MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Employment

The Rudd Government’s partnership with business and community leaders to Keep Australia Working has secured more than 1000 jobs in its first week, Minister for Employment Participation, Senator Mark Arbib, announced today.

Senator Arbib today joined Local Jobs Champions Bill Kelty and Lindsay Fox at the third Keep Australia Working Forum at Casula, where he announced 240 jobs in Canterbury Bankstown and South Western Sydney Employment Priority Area.

The Australian Government is providing $3.7 million from the $650 million Jobs Fund for three Western Sydney Projects.

The 240 jobs in Western Sydney bring to more than 500 the positions funded through the Jobs Fund and come on top of the 250 jobs in South Eastern Melbourne and 23 jobs in Northern Tasmania announced at jobs forums earlier this week.

The private sector is also playing a significant role in boosting employment with Lindsay Fox announcing this week he would employ an extra 450 staff over the next two years at Linfox and Woolworths announcing 60 jobs for its new logistics centre in Launceston.

“The Rudd Government is doing everything possible to keep Australians working,” Senator Arbib said.

“This week by working together - the Government and industry - we've managed to create or protect more than 1000 jobs.

“Not every week will be as successful as this week in keeping people in work. There will be ups and downs, because the global recession is far from over.

“But this week has shown what can be achieved by working together.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment Jason Clare said community leaders, business representatives and job service providers would today join Government to develop a regional employment strategy for Canterbury Bankstown and South Western Sydney.

“The Keep Australia Working forums allow the community to maximise the benefits of the Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan and Jobs Fund and develop localised responses to the impact of the global recession.

“We want to find job opportunities for local businesses and workers, particularly in areas like Western Sydney where unemployment is a growing problem.”

Mr Clare said Local Jobs Champions, Lindsay Fox and Bill Kelty, would bring their considerable experience and wisdom to the table.

“The Local Jobs Champions will help forum participants identify local skill and labour needs and develop directions for the future,” Mr Clare said.

“It’s great to have Lindsay Fox and Bill Kelty on board. Few people understand the Australian economy better than these blokes, they’ve been through it before. They’re travelling with us around the country helping areas hit hardest by the global recession.”

Today’s forum is the third in a series being rolled out in employment priority areas across Australia as recommended in the Keep Australia Working interim report presented last week to Deputy Prime Minister Gillard by Senator Arbib and Mr Clare.

There are now 20 employment priority areas around the country:

• Canterbury Bankstown and South Western Sydney (New South Wales) • Illawarra (New South Wales) • Richmond Tweed and Clarence Valley (New South Wales) • Mid North Coast (New South Wales) • Sydney West and Blue Mountains (New South Wales) • Central Coast Hunter (New South Wales) • South Eastern Melbourne (Victoria) • North Western Melbourne (Victoria) • Ballarat Bendigo (Central Victoria) • North Eastern Victoria • Ipswich Logan (Queensland) • Cairns (Queensland) • Townsville Thuringowa (Queensland) • Caboolture Sunshine Coast (Queensland) • Southern Wide Bay Burnett (Queensland) • Bundaberg Hervey Bay (Queensland) • Northern and Western Adelaide (South Australia) • Port Augusta Whyalla Port Pirie (South Australia) • South West Perth (Western Australia) • North West/Northern Tasmania.

The priority areas were identified following analysis of labour market indicators which show whether a region is likely to experience labour market disadvantage.

A Local Employment Coordinator is appointed in each priority employment area to develop an employment strategy in partnership with the community.

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Snap shot of Canterbury Bankstown and South Western Sydney Priority Area

• 1.8 million people live in the region. • The unemployment rate for Canterbury Bankstown and South Western Sydney is 9 per cent compared to 5.8 per cent for Australia (seasonally adjusted as of 9 July 2009) and 6.6 per cent for NSW (June 2009).

• The region has pockets of high disadvantage — particularly around Cabramatta, Fairfield, Ingleburn, Liverpool and Campbelltown. The region relies heavily on manufacturing (automotive, textile footwear and clothing, property and business services and retail industries.

• Canterbury Bankstown and South Western Sydney has been allocated more than $648 million in funding under the Rudd Government’s Nation Building Plan: o 740 projects across 347 schools ($548 million); o Construction of 126 houses and repairs to 7271 social housing units ($67

million); o 94 community infrastructure projects ($26.7 million); and o 27 black spot road projects ($5.9 million). • The Priority Employment Area includes the councils and areas of Bankstown,

Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury, Fairfield, Liverpool and Wollondilly.


Canterbury Bankstown and South Western Sydney projects under the Jobs Fund

The three projects will be funded as part of the Rudd Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund and will also create or retain about 37 traineeships and 160 work experience positions.

• Newleaf Community Renewal will receive $1.9 million for the Green Wings project creating employment and training for young unemployed people. It will also create longer-term sustainable employment options and business start-up initiatives, creating or retaining 28 jobs.

• Marrickville Community Training Centre will receive $1.13 million for the Y Green Western Sydney project that will provide paid employment and skill development for young people in emerging green industries, specifically energy and water efficiency for residential households, securing 196 jobs.

• Fairfield City Council will receive $650,000 for the Modular Sustainable Toilet Blocks and Solar Lighting project, creating or retaining 16 jobs.

The 'Green Wings' project will focus on the renewal of the Bonnyrigg public housing area.

Newleaf Community Renewal will create employment and training opportunities for people on Newstart and Youth Allowance to improve the public housing area through activities such as installing insulation, fencing, painting, horticulture, gardening and house maintenance for aged and frail residents.

This is a great example of how the Rudd Government’s stimulus package is helping create jobs now, but may also create longer term sustainable employment options.

The Y Green Western Sydney project will provide energy and water efficiency for residential households and environmental awareness for all participants.

The project will encourage young people into further education, training and providing immediate employment opportunities for jobseekers in areas of South Western Sydney which are feeling the economic downturn.

More Jobs Fund projects will be announced in coming weeks and months. Further information will be available at as announcements are made.

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