Aid extended for needy job-hunters
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.