Aid ex­tended for needy job-hun­ters

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TWENTY pri­or­ity em­ploy­ment ar­eas across the nation will con­tinue to be tar­geted in a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment push to en­sure dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties do not miss out on op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by the strong econ­omy.

Em­ploy­ment Par­tic­i­pa­tion Min­is­ter Kate El­lis says the Pri­or­ity Em­ploy­ment Area ini­tia­tive will be ex­tended for an­other two years.

Lo­cal em­ploy­ment co­or­di­na­tors now work in the ar­eas, con­sult­ing with em­ploy­ers, em­ploy­ment ser­vices, com­mu­ni­ties and gov­ern­ment to help drive lo­cal so­lu­tions to lo­cal is­sues.

The ex­ten­sion will in­clude more funds to sup­port new ac­tiv­i­ties that link job-hun­ters with work op­por­tu­ni­ties.

It also will al­low for pilot projects to be de­vel­oped for work­ers with mul­ti­ple dis­ad­van­tages, such as men­tal health is­sues, drug and al­co­hol de­pen­dency and home­less­ness.

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