News | 31 October 2014

The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade  has extended a Memorandum of Understanding for the Seasonal Worker Program to the Republic of Fiji for consideration.

When signed, these documents establish a commitment by the Governments of Australia and Fiji to establish and maintain labour sending and receiving arrangements for the Seasonal Worker Program that will deliver benefits to the citizens of the Republic of Fiji and assist Australian employers to meet their seasonal demand for labour.

Once these steps are completed the Fijian Government will provide advice about how Fijian citizens can apply to participate in the Seasonal Worker Program.

For more information about Fiji and the SWP please see this list of Questions and Answers.

News | 30 October 2014

The Quality Assurance Framework comprises two key elements:

  • Quality Principles developed by the department against which an Employment Provider must provide evidence, to demonstrate the delivery of quality services to job seekers, employers and the department; and
  • Certification against one of the department approved Quality Standards, ISO 9001, the National Standards for Disability Services, the Employment Services Industry Standard or Investors in People.

The certification process will be undertaken by an accredited third party Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), selected by the Employment Provider, from the department’s Multi-use List (MuL). This MuL will be established via a prequalified tender.

News | 29 October 2014

In 2013, the JSA Quality Standards Pilot was undertaken to enable providers and the department to work together to review the proposed Quality Assurance Framework.  

The evaluation of the Quality Standards Pilot is now available.

News | 27 October 2014

The Generation Success Young Job Seeker page provides support for young people who are ready to enter the workforce and need help to plan their career. The page provides links to practical tips, videos, quizzes and labour market information to help job seekers identify possible career pathways and understand what skills they may need to enter their dream industry.

This page also provides inspiring stories from prominent Australians, advice on what employers are looking for in potential workers and links to information that will help in the job search and application process.

Visit this page at Resources for Young Job Seekers. Subscribe to receive information on future updates at

News | 22 October 2014

The Australian Government today announced improvements to modernise and streamline the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) and the Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme). These improvements follow a major review undertaken by the Department of Employment earlier this year. The improvements will commence from 1 January 2015.

The Government leverages its purchasing power to ensure that only builders that meet the Scheme’s high safety standards are able to contract for Commonwealth funded building and construction projects.

News | 8 October 2014

The Monthly Leading Indicator of Employment can be used to predict the growth cycle of employment. The October 2014 report is now available.

Chart showing monthly levels of the Leading Indicator of Employment and Cyclical Employment

News | 7 October 2014

Current Job Services Australia contracts expire on 30 June 2015.

From 1 July 2015, a new national employment services model will commence.

The Australian Government is investing $5.1 billion over three years from 2015-16 in the new system to better meet the needs of job seekers, employers and service providers.

The Request for Tender for Employment Services 2015-2020 is available at

Information sessions on the Request for Tender will be held in the following capital cities and regional centres:

News | 16 September 2014

In July 2015 the Employment Services System (ESS) moves to the web.  The new system will be used by JSA and DES providers.

Register for the Employment Dashboard 2015 webinar to be hosted on Thursday, October 02, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM AEST

This webinar is different from the July 2015 Design Consultation (Workflows, menus etc).  The Dashboard Consultation will be focusing on what your exact role is within your organisation and what information is important to you to complete your job.

News | 12 September 2014

Ministers from across the G20 met together in Melbourne from 10–11 September 2014 for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

 Labour and employment ministers committed to take concrete actions to address the ongoing challenge of high youth unemployment, with around 75 million young people around the world unemployed. 

Creating jobs and boosting participation are some of the top priorities for Australia’s G20 presidency year, strongly tied with the G20’s goal of strengthening growth. The Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration includes policy priorities to prevent structural unemployment, create better jobs and boost participation across the G20. 

News | 9 September 2014

Senior employment officials from across the G20 met for the last time in 2014 to finalise the details for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting, from 10–11 September 2014  in Melbourne.

The taskforce has been working throughout the year to determine the best approaches to create better jobs, boost participation and prevent unemployment from becoming structural across the G20.

International organisations such as the International Labour Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank have informed the taskforce’s work, along with views from the G20’s official engagement groups representing sectors such as business, labour, civil society, youth and think tanks.

Each G20 member has been developing an Employment Plan that sets out the actions they will take to address their individual and common employment challenges.

News | 28 August 2014

Work for the Dole Coordinators in 18 selected areas across Australia have been announced following a tender process.

The Coordinators will be the first point of contact for organisations wishing to be involved in Work for the Dole and offer places to eligible job seekers.

Work for the Dole commenced in 18 selected areas across Australia from 1 July 2014. The programme will be phased in moving to a full national scheme from 1 July 2015.

A full list of the new Work for the Dole Coordinators and more information about the programme is available.

News | 13 August 2014

Information sessions on the exposure draft of the purchasing arrangements for the employment services system that will come into effect on 1 July 2015 were held in capital cities and some regional centres from 30 July 2014 to 5 August 2014.

A copy of the presentation is available.

News | 11 August 2014

The Generation Success website now includes a new page for young workers! This page links young people to resources to help them better navigate the world of work. Information includes young workers rights and responsibilities, how to stay safe at work, career videos and interactive quizzes.

The pages for parents and educators, and employers have also been updated with new resources and links to help them better support young people.

Visit Generation Success at Subscribe to receive information on future updates at

News | 31 July 2014

The Department of Employment is continuing to hold information sessions on the Australian Government’s 2015-2020 employment services model.

Information sessions on the exposure draft of the purchasing arrangements for the employment services system that will come into effect on 1 July 2015 have been held in capital cities and regional centres this week, with further sessions still to come.

Further information on session times and locations is available.

News | 30 July 2014

The G20 Taskforce on Employment met for the third time this year in Brisbane, Australia from 22–24 July 2014. Senior officials discussed how action on increasing female participation, making safer workplaces and encouraging people into formal work can boost employment and help grow the global economy.

Across the G20, female participation rates vary from seven to 58 per cent. G20 members acknowledged the benefits of increasing female labour force participation and how this can contribute to economic growth. Recognising the importance of female participation, many countries are including gender-relevant measures in their Employment Plans, which are designed to address the challenges faced in each country.

News | 28 July 2014

Consultations on the reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 being conducted by the Department of Employment, in consultation with the Office for Women within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, commenced on 15 May 2014. To ensure views of all interested parties can be considered, the Department of Employment has extended the closing date for submissions until 5 pm AEST, 30 September 2014.

More information on the consultations including how to lodge a submission is available

News | 25 July 2014

Current Job Services Australia contracts expire on 30 June 2015.

The Department of Employment will be releasing an Exposure Draft of the purchasing arrangements for the Australian Government’s employment services to operate from 1 July 2015. 

The Exposure Draft of the Employment Services 2015-2020 Purchasing Arrangements will be available at from 9am, Monday 28 July 2014.

Information sessions on the Exposure Draft will be held in these capital cities and regional centres
Date Location
30 July 2014 Melbourne
31 July 2014 Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Bendigo
1 August 2014 Perth, Cairns, Canberra and Coffs Harbour
4 August 2014

Hobart and Wagga Wagga


News | 25 July 2014

The Vacancy Report for June 2014 shows that online vacancies increased by 1.6% in trend terms over the month and are now 10.6% higher than in June 2013. Over the year, there were particularly strong increases in online vacancies in New South Wales (up by 19.7%) and Victoria (12.7%).

More information is available in the Vacancy Report.

News | 18 July 2014

Registration is now open for media representatives interested in covering the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting (LEMM).

The LEMM will be held in Melbourne on 10–11 September 2014.

Labour and Employment Ministers from the G20 participant countries and European Union will be attending this global forum.

The registration process is being coordinated by the Department of Employment. Registration opened at 10 am today (18 July), and closes at midnight on 29 August 2014.

Australian and international media are encouraged to register prior to the event to ensure direct access to media facilities and updates and information about the LEMM.

To register for media attendance and for more information please visit:

News | 17 July 2014

Large and small employers across Australia are encouraged to get involved in JOBS 2014 by offering work opportunities, including Apprenticeships and Traineeships, to job seekers aged under 25.

Woolworths have announced that they will create 200 new jobs for young people as part of JOBS 2014.

A Jobs 2014 website has been established. The website enables both employers and young job seekers to register their details and provides additional information on this initiative.

News | 16 July 2014

Logo restart experience pays

Prime Minister Tony Abbot and Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker attended a media launch on Friday 11 July, at the Novotel, Brighton Beach in Sydney to officially launch the Restart programme.

Restart provides a $10,000 incentive to employers to hire and retain mature age job seekers aged 50 and over who have been in receipt of income support for six months or more.

A national advertising campaign for Restart and mature age employment started this week to raise awareness of the benefits of employing mature age workers and the Restart programme. The campaign will include print, radio and online advertising. The first phase of the campaign runs from now until the end of October 2014.

News | 10 July 2014

Information about the tender process is available at the Aus Tender website.

Work for the Dole commenced in 18 selected areas across Australia from 1 July 2014. The programme will be phased in moving to a full national scheme from 1 July 2015.

If you require further non-tender related information on the commencement of Work for the Dole arrangements in these areas, an email can be sent to

News | 1 July 2014

The Australian Government has introduced a number of new initiatives starting from 1 July 2014 to help more Australians to move away from welfare dependency and into a job.

News | 30 June 2014

The programme provides financial assistance to eligible job seekers who relocate for ongoing work or an apprenticeship outside their local area. A job seeker needs to be a Fully Eligible Participant in Job Services Australia or participating in Disability Employment Services, be in receipt of an eligible income support payment (Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance (other) and Parenting Payment) for the last 12 months and have activity test or participation requirements in order to be eligible for...

News | 26 June 2014

Minister for Employment Eric Abetz has recorded a video message to employers where he speaks about the range of new measures and incentives available from the Australian Government from 1 July 2014. The suite of measures is designed to help employers hire new staff and invest further in their business, as well as deliver opportunities to Australians to move off welfare dependency and into work.