NATIONAL HARVEST VIRTUAL JOBS FAIR TO CONNECT SW JOB SEEKERS

A virtual jobs fair showcasing employment opportunities across harvest regions nationally will be held on Thursday 19 November 2020.
The National Harvest Virtual Jobs Fair, funded by the Australian Government, will bring together job seekers and local businesses with jobs to offer in the country’s harvest regions, including in the South West.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the virtual jobs fair will promote rural job opportunities.
“A range of presentations from employers and harvest providers will demonstrate what harvest jobs are like, from picking to packing,” Minister Cash said.
“This jobs fair complements our Government’s recent Budget announcement of $17.4 million in relocation support to attract workers to our farms and regions.
“As we see COVID-19 restrictions ease, the Government is committed to connecting job seekers with businesses looking to hire.
“Creating jobs and boosting the skills of Australians to help them get back into work is at the heart of the Morrison Government’s recovery plan and 2020-21 Budget.”
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the jobs fair was great news for people in the South West.
“The National Harvest Virtual Jobs Fair is a must for anyone who wants to connect with businesses currently recruiting,” Mrs Marino said.
The Government has held jobs fairs in many locations around Australia with more than 40,000 people having attended a fair since July 2018.
The National Harvest Virtual Jobs Fair is a free online event and will be held from 10 am to 2 pm (AWST) on Thursday 19 November 2020.
Registrations are required for the event and can be made via: employment.gov.au/HarvestVJF

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DELIVERING SEASONAL LABOUR SOLUTIONS FOR FARMERS

The Australian Government is investing $33.7 million to support farmers by encouraging Australians to take a ‘domestic gap year’ and enabling eligible temporary visa holders to work in the agriculture sector.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the South West agriculture sector is facing unprecedented pressure on labour supply as a result of COVID-19.

“The Morrison Government is investing in relocation support and temporary Youth Allowance (YA) and ABSTUDY eligibility changes, to incentivise people to take up seasonal farm work this summer,” Ms Marino said.

“Relocation allowances of up to $6,000 for Australians and up to $2,000 for eligible visa holders will be available from 1 November to undertake at least six weeks of seasonal work in agriculture,” Ms Marino said.

“Under the Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY new criteria, a person who earns $15,000 through employment in the agricultural sector in regional Australia between 30 November 2020 and 31 December 2021 will be considered as independent for the purpose of YA (student) or ABSTUDY.

“This will significantly reduce the time needed for a young person to gain ‘independent’ status and claim Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY faster than under the existing criteria.

“These changes will support agricultural production in the South West so that farm produce does not go to waste, ensuring the agricultural sector continues to play a key role in our local and national economic recovery.

The Australian Government is also investing a further $9 million in the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) to ensure employers can meet critical seasonal labour needs.

This funding will help ensure that the SWP has the resources to accommodate the significant growth of the program and ensure appropriate oversight of the program is in place to protect the welfare of workers.

Measures the Australian Government has already introduced to fill labour shortages in the agriculture sector since the onset of COVID-19 include;

• providing visa extensions to allow temporary visa holders already here to continue to work in agriculture and for agriculture workers to stay with one employer for a longer period,

• initiating a targeted recruitment trial under the Seasonal Worker Programme,

• announcing on 21 August the recommencement of targeted recruitment under the Pacific Labour Scheme and SWP to help meet the workforce needs of critical sectors, including agriculture.

More information on the additional support being provided can be found at:
https://www.employment.gov.au/seasonal-worker-programme
https://www.dese.gov.au/budget-2020-21
https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/publications-articles/corporate-publications/budget-and-additional-estimates-statements/budget-2020-21

SIGNIFICANT BOOST FOR SKILLS TRAINING IN THE SOUTH WEST

The Commonwealth Government and the WA State Government have launched the Western Australian JobTrainer Agreement.

An extra $103.4 million is being injected into Western Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

This will fund free or low-fee training places, with a combination of short and long courses for job seekers, and young people, including school leavers.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said this is a fantastic result for Forrest and will ensure more people can upskill and reskill for work
.
“Skills training, development of new skills in growth sectors and creation of pathways to more qualifications will be vital part of our recovery from COVID-19” Minister Marino said.

For more information about the JobTrainer Fund visit: https://www.dese.gov.au/jobtrainer-fund

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR SOUTH WEST’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The Morrison-McCormack Government will continue supporting job-creating, economy-boosting infrastructure, as part of our Economic Recovery Plan for Australia, rebuilding our economy to secure the future of the South West.

The Government’s record $110 billion transport infrastructure program and $3.5 billion rolling water infrastructure fund will support local jobs and businesses at the time it is needed most.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Budget delivered on our economic plan for a stronger and more resilient Australia, boosting the economy, providing water security for regional and rural Australia, meeting our national freight challenge and getting Australians home sooner and safer.
“The Budget includes new and additional funding in the 2020-21 Budget for projects and initiatives, supporting more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the projects, to get Australia back to work and back in business following the pandemic,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“Funding is being delivered to critical transport infrastructure projects in every state and territory because this is a Team Australia moment where we need every government to work together to chart the economic road back.”

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the Government was driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects to build the economy and provide certainty for business over the long term.
“Our infrastructure pipeline is driving road investment, substantial rail investment, unlocking the economic potential of our regions and busting congestion in urban areas,” Minister Tudge said. “The Government’s ongoing commitment to the delivery of City Deals in Townsville, Darwin, Western Sydney, Hobart, Launceston, Geelong and Adelaide will help drive recovery in our cities and make them better places to live.”

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Government would invest an additional $2 billion in a new road safety program which will support upgrades.
“Improving road safety in the South West is a core priority for the Government and that’s why this additional investment builds on the $500 million we are already delivering for targeted road safety works,” Mrs Marino said.
“Our community-led recovery plan empowers local governments nation-wide to deliver roads and community infrastructure through an additional $1 billion for the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.
“South West councils will benefit from additional funding from the LRCI Program to build shovel-ready local priorities, supporting local jobs and local business.
“This is in addition to ongoing funding towards the over $680m Bunbury Outer Ring Road Project and the $68m Bussell Highway Duplication.
“A further $4m will be spent to investigate options on the Perth to Bunbury Faster Rail Corridor as part of the Major Projects Business Case Fund.
“This investment, together with the new Road Safety Program will support more local jobs over the life of the projects and I look forward to people and businesses in the South West benefiting from the local procurement this investment brings.”

FUNDING NEW APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES IN THE SOUTH WEST FOR A SKILLS-LED RECOVERY

The Morrison Government will invest an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices and trainees as part of our COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Starting tomorrow, 5 October 2020, businesses who take on a new Australian apprentice will be eligible for a 50 per cent wage subsidy, regardless of geographic location, occupation, industry or business size.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said apprenticeships and traineeships were an important pathway to get young people into jobs and to ensure there is a skills pipeline to meet the future needs of employers. “During this pandemic the Federal Government has been focused on supporting and creating jobs as well as identifying the skills we need in the economic rebuild,” the Prime Minister said.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said whether it’s the manufacturing, housing and construction, arts or mining sectors – this new wage subsidy gives businesses certainty to hire and provides a career path to young school leavers or others looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship. “This new wage subsidy will provide school leavers and job seekers in the South West with a real opportunity to upskill and reskill through an apprenticeship or a traineeship,” Mrs Marino said.

The subsidy will be available to employers of any size or industry, Australia-wide who engage an Australian apprentice or trainee from 5 October 2020 until the 100,000 cap is reached. Under the new measure, employers will be eligible for the wage subsidy for a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for the period up to 30 September 2021, up to $7,000 per quarter.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the measure builds on the existing $2.8 billion Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy that is helping employers to retain their apprentices and trainees. “The Australian Government has already invested significantly to ensure that apprentices are retained where possible and supported to re-engage if they lose their job,” Minister Cash said.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, said the new measures we are announcing today will build on the already significant investment to support apprentices and trainees. “Through the existing Supporting Apprentices and Trainees measure, as many as 90,000 businesses employing around 180,000 apprentices throughout Australia will continue to be supported,” Assistant Minister Irons said.

More information on the measure is available at: https://www.employment.gov.au/boosting-apprenticeship-commencements