Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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18 May 2011 - Local Solutions for Local Labour Challenges
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT PARTICIPATION AND CHILD CARE
18 May 2011
Local solutions for local labour challenges
The Australian Government's 2011-12 Budget takes a targeted place-based approach to getting more Australians who are living in areas of high unemployment into work.
Speaking at the Local Employment Coordinators Conference in Canberra today, the Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis said she was determined that disadvantaged communities not miss out on the opportunities of Australia's strong economy.
Local Employment Coordinators currently work in 20 priority employment areas across Australia in consultation with employers, employment services and local communities, as well as all levels of government to help drive local solutions to local labour market problems.
As part of the 2011-12 Budget the Australian Government announced the extension of the Priority Employment Area initiative, including Local Employment Coordinators and Jobs and Skills Expos for a further two years.
Ms Ellis said that Local Employment Coordinators have excellent links in their regions and work at the grassroots level.
"Working closely with their communities, the Local Employment Coordinators actively encourage participation to benefit local communities and their economies," Ms Ellis said.
"The Priority Employment Area initiative has been very successful because of the great work of the Local Employment Coordinators and the success of the Jobs and Skills Expos that saw more than 15,500 job seekers connected with job opportunities," she said.
The extension of this initiative will see the allocation of an additional $45.2 million over two years to support new activities in the priority employment areas.
A minimum of 40 Jobs and Skills expos will also be delivered across Australia to help connect job seekers with employment and training opportunities.
Local Employment Coordinators will continue working with Keep Australia Working committees to harness local expertise and provide guidance to develop and implement Regional Employment Plans that set out the employment priorities for their regions.
Local Employment Coordinators provide important assistance to retrenched workers and develop and support local employment projects and industry events.
The Australian Government will also provide $4.7 million over three years to run pilot projects designed to improve employment services to job seekers with multiple disadvantages such as mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency and homelessness.
Ms Ellis said that these pilot projects and delivered by high performing Job Services Australia providers and are expected to assist up to 5000 highly disadvantaged job seekers to find work.
"Targeting new initiatives in specific locations will concentrate our resources to find new local solutions."
"The Australian Government will always provide a safety net for those in need but we want all Australians to have the opportunity to share in our nation's prosperity," Ms Ellis said.
For more information on the Government's place-based employment initiatives visit: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/