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THE HON PETER DUTTON MP

MINISTER FOR WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION

Media Release

01205

Commonwealth Games Opportunities for Volunteers

The Commonwealth Games will provide a wide range of employment and participation opportunities. It is anticipated that up to 15,000 volunteers will be required to play key roles and assist with the day- to -day business of the games helping to make this an exciting and successful event.

The Minister for Workforce Participation, Peter Dutton, announced today that the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations is lending its support to the Games by upgrading its Australian JobSearch website. The volunteering opportunities arising from the games are open to everyone in the community, but in particular offer a great way for job seekers to improve their skills, experience and contacts the Minister said.

Starting today the Australian JobSearch site will include a new Commonwealth Games portal which will provide easy access to games related information including:

● The Melbourne 2006 volunteer site

● Volunteer training information

● Hudson Global Resources, the official staffing supplier for the Games Committee

● The Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination

● The Melbourne 2006 Homepage and other games related links

In addition, job seekers will be able to search on Australian JobSearch website, for Games related jobs. Job seekers can lodge their resume on the database to be automatically matched with job opportunities. This feature will be available around March 2005.

The arrangements under the Australian Government’s Voluntary Work Initiative will also be available to support participation in the Games. The Initiative involves the referral and placement of Centrelink customers into suitable volunteer positions within approved community organisations. It also provides a training service for customers and volunteer management training for non-profit organisations.

The option to undertake Community Work has been developed to provide additional support and practical assistance to people looking for work. Community Work is voluntary work with an approved volunteer organisation. Anyone on an income support payment is eligible for Community Work. People who have a Mutual Obligation requirement can meet it

by choosing Community Work.

Engaging in Community Work allows job seekers to gain a Passport to Employment and earn a Training Credit of up to $800. Your Passport to Employment will provide you with support and training to get a job. Your Training Credit will pay for competency-based and accredited training which is recognised Australia wide by employers, State and Territory Governments, and education institutions.

People who want to find out how they can take part in Commonwealth Games volunteering and employment opportunities should visit http://jobsearch.gov.au/commonwealth/default.aspx

People who are interested in maintaining their volunteering spirit should check out the large range of volunteering opportunities listed on the VolunteerSearch website www.volunteersearch.gov.au run by the Australian Government, or look at Go Volunteer www.govolunteer.com.au web site which is run by Volunteering Australia.

For further information contact:

Brad Emery 02 6277 7630 - 0414 225 638

28/01/2005