Outlook for Outcome 1

  • The Career Transition Assistance Trial was a key measure from the Mature Age Employment Package in the 2017–18 Federal Budget. It commences on 1 July 2018 and will help mature age job seekers to increase their employment prospects through tailored career assistance and functional digital literacy. Referrals to the program are made by jobactive providers in the trial regions, and job seekers aged 50 years and over are eligible to participate. The program is being trialled in five employment regions and will be rolled out nationally from July 2019. The department will gather early evaluation data to further develop the program for national rollout. An open and competitive tender process will be run to source providers nationally, as was done in the five trial regions.
  • The department will continue increasing Employment Fund flexibility from 1 July to better target the support available for refugees and mature age people. This will also enable jobactive providers to continue paying for wage subsidies for mature age individuals, parents, young people, long-term unemployed and Indigenous Australians using the Employment Fund.
  • Entrepreneurship and self-employment are being encouraged as part of the ‘More Choices for a Longer Life’ package. This package includes appointing an additional 20 entrepreneurship facilitators from January 2019 to help older Australians at risk of unemployment due to structural changes in the economy. The department will also arrange early access to NEIS from 1 July 2018 for retrenched workers.
  • We will continue to look at ways to help the horticulture sector meet its workforce needs and encourage Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work opportunities.
  • Youth Jobs PaTH is achieving good results for young people transitioning into employment. The department will continue to focus on increasing take-up of the program.
  • Next year, the department will implement the jobs and skills measures announced in the 2018–19 Budget to help mature age job seekers and workers remain in work, and have flexibility in their later working years.