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Hockey sees career prospects for young Australians in food, hospitality and tourism.

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March 25, 2004

Hockey sees career prospects for young Australians in Food, Hospitality and Tourism

Young Australians still looking for a career start should consider the food, hospitality and tourism industries, the Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Joe Hockey, said today.

“There are currently thousands of job vacancies in these exciting growth industries, with fantastic opportunities for school leavers to gain a start in the workforce,” Mr Hockey said.

Mr Hockey said the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has revealed a 29-per cent rise within the “Food, Hospitality and Tourism” sector in March 2004, over March 2003, in statistics released today on vacancies on Australian Job Search - the Department's online employment site.

The statistics showed there were 5,788 vacancies in mid-March 2004 compared with 4,477 in March 2003.

“Job Search is the largest and most popular online employment site and so gives a realistic picture of demand for staff,” Mr Hockey said.

“This is the highest increase recorded in the past few years, and follows double digit rises in the previous quarter,” he said.

Mr Hockey said the Australian Government was giving sectors such as these in the tourism industry a significant boost with the $235 million in additional funds allocated under the Tourism White Paper.

“This will see the Government spend more than $600 million to enhance tourism in the next four years, creating further employment opportunities in the ‘Food, Hospitality and Tourism’ sector,” he said.

Media contact: Bob Lawrence 0428 280 222