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Eleven new Priority Employment Areas to keep Australia working.

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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion Deputy Prime Minister

8 July, 2009

Joint Media release

Eleven New Priority Employment Areas to keep Australia working

Joint Media Release with The Hon Senator Mark Arbib, Minister for Employment Participation and The Hon Jason Clare MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Employment

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, together with Minister for Employment Participation, Senator Mark Arbib, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Jason Clare, today announced a further 11 Priority Employment Areas.

The 11 new Priority Employment Areas are:

Port Augusta-Whyalla-Port Pirie (South Australia) Southern Wide Bay Burnett (Queensland) Bundaberg-Hervey Bay (Queensland) North Western Melbourne (Victoria) Ballarat-Bendigo (Victoria) Central and North Western Sydney (New South Wales) Cairns (Queensland) Caboolture-Sunshine Coast (Queensland) Central Coast-Hunter (New South Wales) Townsville-Thuringowa (Queensland) Central Victoria.

These areas are in addition to the nine priority areas previously announced by the Government and were identified using a range of labour market and social indicators.

The adoption of these additional 11 priority areas was recommended in the interim Keep Australia Working report presented by Senator Arbib and Mr Clare to Ms Gillard today.

Other recommendations in the report are:

• Holding Keep Australia Working Forums to develop Strategic Regional Employment Plans in all 20 Priority Employment Areas;

• Rolling out Centrelink Jobs Expos and financial information seminars in Priority Employment Areas; • Considering how best, in the future, to focus the Jobs Fund projects in priority areas that produce local jobs for local people, training and apprenticeships and pathways to

long-term employment; • Ensuring nation building and economic stimulus measures aid the transition to a prosperous, sustainable economy across Australia, including by fostering the skills

required for a low pollution future; • Ensuring the recruitment objectives for industries such as defence and broadband are effectively supported by job services and training programs; and • Examining and adopting the most effective forms of coordination across government

to ensure the actions of all departments and agencies maximise employment outcomes that keep Australia working.

These recommendations build on existing stimulus and Jobs Compact measures to support jobs and training during the global recession.

The final Keep Australia Working report will be presented to Ms Gillard by 30 September 2009 and forms part of the Government’s comprehensive strategy to respond to the global economic recession and its impact on unemployment.

The interim Keep Australia Working report is available at

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