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Senator the Hon Mark Arbib Minister for Employment Participation Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery

2 July, 2010

Media release

Government action helps more people into jobs

The Australian Government’s new employment services have helped keep Australians working, Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib said today.

Marking the one-year anniversary of the Government’s streamlined employment service Job Services Australia (JSA), Senator Arbib said ABS data showed the nation’s job market continued to recover with employment increasing by 279,500 over the year to May 2010.

Senator Arbib said the figures showed the government’s stimulus measures had saved the economy from the worst effects of the global recession and were driving job creation and a more flexible, modern jobs market.

“The continued resilience of the labour market is testament to the success of the Australian Government’s decisive and financially-responsible stimulus package combined with our initiatives such as JSA, the Jobs Fund and others,” Senator Arbib said.

“When we set up the new system the whole focus was on getting people into jobs. Whether that be by providing them with extra training or work experience or Work for the Dole.”

Senator Arbib said in the first year of JSA, which replaced the Job Network system in July 2009, more than 363,000 job placements by the 2000 providers Australia-wide, a 12 per cent improvement on the first year of Job Network.

“Significantly, 30 per cent of those placements - more than 109,000 - were for young people aged 15-24,” he said.

“Job placements for Indigenous Australians reached more than 34,000 for the year, accounting for almost 10 per cent of total placements.

“Of the total JSA job placements, around 34 per cent, or more than 122,000 job placements, came from the most disadvantaged of Australia’s job seekers, in Streams 3 and 4 of JSA.

“Despite the good result so far, we understand that there are still parts of the country and groups which are doing it tough.

“Some regions have higher than average unemployment and youth unemployment remains unacceptably high and our focus is on working hard to address those issues.”

Senator Arbib said Job Services Australia had overcome many of the problems which existed under the previous services. “The old Job Network system was a conveyor belt. It didn’t matter what the barriers for employment were and it didn’t matter if a person lasted in a job,” he said.

“For many, especially the disadvantaged, the system was failing. Under the Gillard Government services are integrated, ensuring organisations can specialise their services for people from a disadvantaged background to get them off welfare and into jobs.”

Senator Arbib also released the Australian Jobs 2010 publication that provides information about where the new jobs are and where the job opportunities are likely to be in the next five years.

It also highlights the link between higher levels of education and training and better labour market outcomes such as lower unemployment and higher remuneration, noting that raising levels of education and training benefits both our economy and individuals.

“Australian Jobs 2010 makes an important contribution to the work of careers intermediaries, including Job Services Australia and careers advisers in schools, and its release is timely as more Australians are gaining employment,” Senator Arbib said.

Australian Jobs 2010 highlights a range of jobs assessed as having above average employment prospects, such as training and development professionals, medical technicians, sales assistants and motor mechanics.

It notes too that most new jobs over the next five years will be in the Health Care and Social Assistance, Construction and Education and Training industries, although there will be new jobs in almost all industries.

Copies of the publication are distributed widely, including to careers advisers in secondary schools.

For more information and to view Australian Jobs 2010 go to or email