Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today applauded the highly successful jobactive programme which has recorded placements into 214,422 jobs across Australia since it commenced in July 2015.
Mr Hogan said the Coalition Government is determined that every Australian who is able to work can get work, and this latest milestone clearly shows that jobactive is helping achieve this.
Across Australia, jobactive is making a difference to ensuring job seekers have the skills they need to enter the workforce. New South Wales has recorded more than 60,000 placements since the start of the service with Victoria and Queensland each recording more than 50,000.
In the Northern Rivers the jobactive programme has made 2,334 job placements so far, Mr Hogan said.
jobactive is a key part of the Government’s employment strategy to reduce barriers to employment and promote workforce participation.
“The programme’s unique approach encourages partnerships between providers and employers to ensure job seekers are appropriately matched to employer needs and have a better chance of finding and keeping a job,” Mr Hogan said.
The Department of Employment’s latest Internet Vacancy Index figures also show there were approximately 166,700 newly lodged job vacancies advertised during January 2016, representing an increase of 7.9 per cent (or 12,100 vacancies) in trend terms over the year.
Additionally, the ANZ Job Advertisement data for January 2016 shows strong growth in job ads, now standing at 11.3 per cent (or 16,000 vacancies) higher than the level recorded a year ago.
“The Coalition Government is committed to get as many Australians into gainful long-term employment as possible,” Mr Hogan said.
“The latest job vacancy data confirms the economy is creating employment opportunities and the jobactive programme is helping place jobseekers into jobs across the country.”
Despite facing international headwinds and with the Australian economy transitioning, there have been 421,400 jobs created since the Coalition Government took office in September 2013, highlighting the success of our plan to stimulate jobs growth.
“There are many challenges ahead but as the Government’s comprehensive jobs plan continues to roll out it will further boost capacity, attract investment and encourage higher rates of employment across all sectors of the labour market,” Mr Hogan said.