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- 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 Jul 2011 - Salvos in Marrickville Break New Ground
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care
18 July 2011
Salvos in Marrickville break new ground
Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis, commended the Salvation Army Employment Plus in Marrickville for leading the way in innovative solutions for the long term unemployed.
Ms Ellis today attended the launch of the Salvation Army Employment Plus Research Project and Connections Plus Model at Marrickville in Sydney.
"The Salvation Army Employment Plus initiative is a great example of how a range of human service teams can help disadvantaged job seekers," Ms Ellis said.
"The study demonstrates a commitment to basing innovation on good research and evidence.
"It's great to see such leading work being undertaken locally in Marrickville."
The new research project is a joint partnership between The Salvation Army Employment Plus in Marrickville and The Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales.
The Connections Plus project was first established in June 2010 and trialled at Marrickville where to date 114 job seekers have been referred to the model for specialist intervention.
Ms Ellis said the model provides comprehensive support services to jobseekers by breaking down barriers and providing specialist support, such as access to training, health, legal services and housing, to help people move into employment.
"Disadvantaged job seekers, who have suffered long-term unemployment, may be struggling with a whole range of things, including health issues, a disability, a history of substance abuse, homelessness or social isolation," Ms Ellis said.
Salvation Army Employment Plus is a Job Service Provider contracted by the Australian Government to offer specialist support services to job seekers.
Ms Ellis said the Australian Government is making it a priority to give the most disadvantaged job seekers the right help and support in gaining education, work skills and overcoming barriers to employment.
"We know how vital the dignity and financial security of holding down a job can be.
"This project presents us with many opportunities to transform the lives of the very long-term unemployed," Ms Ellis said.
For further information on the Connections Plus model, visit: www.jsa.gov.au