Outlook for Outcome 1
- A priority will be to continue to consult on, test and refine policy and processes for the introduction of the new employment services model.
- The department will also focus on continuing to deliver effective and efficient employment services under jobactive for the remainder of the contract and ensuring that best practice and lessons learned inform the development of the new model.
- To enable more mature-age Australians to benefit from the Career Transition Assistance program, the national rollout of Career Transition Assistance will be brought forward as part of a 2018–19 Budget measure. The eligibility age for Career Transition Assistance will also be lowered at this time, from 50 to 45 years and over. The Career Transition Assistance Trial will continue, and will align with the Career Transition Assistance national rollout.
- The ‘Harvest Labour Services — reforms to encourage Australians to take up seasonal work’ budget measure will be implemented from July 2020, and work will continue to look at other ways to help meet the workforce needs of the horticulture sector.
- The department will continue to better target support for newly arrived refugees to ensure that they can build their English proficiency and access tailored jobactive services commensurate with their level of labour market disadvantage.
- The department will continue to look at how locally tailored place-based approaches such as the RET program can be replicated in other regions.
- Collaboration across sectors and portfolios will continue as part of maintaining a strong focus on employer needs in the department’s employment services and programs.
- The department will manage the delivery of PaTH Industry Pilots and support the use of findings and intelligence from the pilots to inform future policy and program development.
- The department will work with key industries to design and implement suitable actions and solutions identified from research into perceptions about barriers and enablers to entry into occupations experiencing workforce shortages.
- From 1 July 2019, the department will pilot the Career Revive initiative with regional businesses by providing advice and support to help them address barriers to employing women returning to work after a career break.
- On 1 January 2020, eligibility for TtW will increase to 24 years of age. This is intended to help more young people to engage with work or education and support them to develop skills, attitudes and behaviours that are highly valued by and directly relevant to local employers.
- The department is committed to ongoing program improvement and will be implementing changes following the outcome of the ParentsNext Senate inquiry. The department will work with providers to ensure parents are receiving personalised and tailored services that best suit their individual circumstances, improve their work-readiness and increase their chances of future employment.