Remote Jobs and Communities Programme (RJCP) providers have been assured the Australian Government will continue to work closely with them to implement reforms to employment services.
In his opening address to the National RJCP Providers Conference in Alice Springs today, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said Government staff were working closely with providers to transition to the new RJCP model.
“Staff are now located in strategic locations across the country, working with locals from the ground up so that there are agreed, rather than imposed, outcomes,” Minister Scullion said.
“Everyone who can work should work. Work gives meaning and purpose and it gives pride.
“Employment gives people financial independence, control over their lives and the ability to provide for their families futures.”
Getting children to school, adults into work and making communities safe are the Australian Government’s highest priorities for Indigenous Affairs and the reformed Remote Jobs and Communities Programme is vital to these aims.
Minister Scullion said the reformed RJCP would take multifaceted approach to improving employment outcomes in remote communities.
“Opportunities to work and keep active while you are on the dole, training that is linked to a real job, funding for start-ups, incentives for remote businesses to employ local people and a stronger focus on supporting job seekers to stay in the job – this is the new package,” Minister Scullion said.
The National Conference will support the implementation of the reformed RJCP by ensuring providers are equipped for the changes before the transition on 1 July 2015.
Participants will have an opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences in supporting job seekers and achieving employment outcomes.