Helping Older Australians into work
The Coalition Government has announced two organisations that will help mature-age people in the Central West region of New South Wales who are looking for work or preparing for a new career path.
The Career Transition Assistance (CTA) program will help older workers become more competitive in their local labour market through tailored, intensive workshops.
OCTEC Limited and VERTO Limited will deliver innovative and personalised strategies to work with
mature-age participants to remove the barriers holding participants back from securing work.
To be competitive in the job market, in particular with technological change – mature age workers will need support to develop new, in-demand skills.
Without question, the Government recognises the contribution of mature-age Australians and, in many cases, their willingness to continue working.
This program will identify where older workers need assistance and put them on a path to building
the skills employers need.
CTA is part of the Government's $110 million Mature Age Employment Package announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.
CTA will commence on 2 July 2018. For more information visit: www.jobs.gov.au/career-transition-assistance
Backing early learning and care for disadvantaged families
Thousands of families across regional and remote Australia and Indigenous communities are
set for more support to access early childhood education and care as part of sweeping reforms from the Coalition Government.
The Government’s child care and early learning overhaul includes a $271 million Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) for more than 850 services to “break down barriers” to early childhood education and care.
The Government is backing the families who live in communities where access to quality, reliable early learning and child care isn’t always guaranteed.
These child care and early learning services have now been given additional support from the Government for the work they do to break down barriers for children and families.
The new targeted CCCF is a key part of the Coalition’s early learning and child care overhaul to ensure those services are more affordable and accessible for families who need them most.
This is about giving vulnerable children a strong start while supporting parents into work.
The CCCF will deliver $115 million to more than 700 outside school hours care, centre-based day care and family day care services eligible for the competitive round of funding for the next five years, and $156 million for 151 mainly Budget Based Funded (BBF) child care services and Non-Formula Funded Occasional Care Services as part of the non-competitive round of funding.
From July 2018 families who use these services will have access to the same subsidies that assist other Australian families with the cost of child care and early learning. Given that many of these services will receive subsidies per child for the first time, we have incorporated a ‘checkpoint’ three months into
the package, so we can assess whether the service has collected the level of subsidy anticipated and top-up the grant funding as needed to ensure viability.
Visit www.education.gov.au/childcare, estimate your new subsidy, and complete the myGov Child Care Subsidy Assessment to start the switchover to the new child care and early learning system.”
Details about the Community Child Care Fund are available at https://www.education.gov.au/community-child-care-fund-0
Aussie farming jobs to boom by 2024
It’s a great time to train for a career in agriculture, according to a study by the National Centre for
Vocational Education Research.
The study findings which list managerial jobs, including farm managers, as the sector which will have the second most number of job openings by 2024 – 10,100 per year or almost 81,000 in total.
The future looks bright for a job in agriculture.
Famers are the backbone of our regional communities, supporting local jobs and the social fabric of our towns.
As farming gets more mechanised, so will the associated jobs. People with IT expertise, business savvy and specialised skills will be more and more in demand in and around farms.
Farmers have always been natural innovators and advances in science, drones and smart devices are now playing key roles in making our farms more efficient and profitable.
The good news is innovation and technology look set to create more jobs on our farms, not less.
The Coalition Government is working with industry to ensure we take full advantage of these job opportunities, investing in research and development to improve farmgate productivity and profitability.
The Government and industry invest over $600 million annually in research and development and extension through our rural research and development corporations.
The Coalition Government’s $180.5 million Rural R&D for Profit program is on top of this, aiming to improve farmgate productivity and profitability and deliver real outcomes for Australian farmers.
Through our free trade agreements we are also opening up new markets for our produce, creating
more jobs and helping to lift our agriculture sector towards being a $100 billion industry by 2030.
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research report can be accessed