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News | 30 January 2015

This page aims to provide information to support young job seekers and workers to maintain their physical and mental health. The page contains links and resources on staying positive, keeping active and eating well and includes links to state-based support and information.

There are also links for parents and educators to support young people’s physical and mental health as they transition to the workforce.

Visit the Generation Success website at to access this new information about Looking after yourself.

Subscribe to receive information on future updates at GenerationSuccess@employment.gov.au

News | 20 January 2015

The data are obtained from the Department of Employment’s Workplace Agreements Database.

You can view the report on the Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining page.

News | 10 December 2014

On 5 December 2014, the Minister for Employment, Senator Abetz acknowledged the Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (ACCI) achievement in increasing employment opportunities in the Pacific, through the Pacific Growth Employment Project. The Minister received a report on the Project from ACTU President Ged Kearney and ACCI Director of Employment, Education and Training Jenny Lambert.

Over the last two years, the project has increased employment opportunities in Papua New Guinea’s transport sector and Vanuatu’s tourism sector by drawing on the experience of Australian businesses to develop strategies that prepare youth for employment and create opportunities for the indigenous workforce. The project has also focused on skills development, with Australian standard training certificates now being provided in the transport sector in PNG.

News | 28 November 2014

The Department will be conducting an information session for organisations interested in applying to the RAI as follows:

  • Title: Webinar – QAF Multi-use Auditor List Information Session
  • Date: Thursday 4 December 2014
  • Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm ADST

This information session will be a repeat of the information session conducted on 25 November 2014. The Department encourages all interested organisations to register to attend the information session.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

View the System Requirements necessary to participate.

News | 19 November 2014

The new Quality Assurance Framework forms part of the Employment Services Deed 2015 – 2020, commencing from 1 July 2015.

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 Quality Assurance Framework Multi-use Auditor List (MuL). Further information, regarding CAB inclusion on the MuL is located in the RAI documentation.

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 GenerationSuccess@employment.gov.au.

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...

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 employment.gov.au/GenerationSuccess. Subscribe to receive information on future updates at GenerationSuccess@employment.gov.au.

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 | 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 www.tenders.gov.au 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

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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: www.employment.gov.au/G20-media

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

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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...

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 workforthedole1415@employment.gov.au.

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 | 5 June 2014

On 4 June the Fair Work Commission Annual Wage Review 2013-14 lifted the national minimum wage and minimum wages in modern awards.

The national minimum wage will be $640.90 per week or $16.87 per hour.

This constitutes to an increase of $18.70 per week to the weekly rate (3 per cent) or 50 cents per hour to the hourly rate.

Modern Award wages will also increase by 3 per cent.

The Annual Wage Review 2013–14 decision will directly affect over 1.5 million employees in Australia who are reliant upon award rates of pay or the national minimum wage and their employers.

Increases in the minimum wage and minimum wages in modern awards will be implemented on 1 July.

Further information is available on the Fair Work Commission website.

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