Family Centred Employment Project

The Family Centred Employment Project was a three-year demonstration project that explored new approaches to address multiple and entrenched barriers to employment experienced by jobless families. The project ran from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2013, in three locations:

  • Goodna, Queensland
  • Broadmeadows, Victoria
  • Port Adelaide, South Australia

The project aimed to move at least one person from each family into employment, or education and improve participation.

The approach taken by the project recognised the impact the whole family has on determining a parents’ engagement with the workforce, and a child’s engagement in child care or education.

The project placed an emphasis on local service providers working together to create a system of support for jobless families.

Through the support of Local Steering Committees and ongoing engagement with service providers, the project harnessed community strengths and worked with local services to help families meet their goals.

The Family Centred Employment Project supported a total of 389 families to find work and training opportunities. Three hundred and forty-eight families completed a family care plan that outlined activities to help them work towards their employment, education and social goals.

The project achieved 189 employment outcomes, 166 education outcomes and 1422 social outcomes (which included securing stable housing, addressing health issues, obtaining a driver’s licence; and improving parenting, financial and budgeting skills).

Lessons from the Family Centred Employment Project are providing evidence for best practice approaches to servicing jobless families and their children. The findings from the evaluation will inform policy development to help jobless families achieve better job prospects.