The Department


The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with The Department.

COVID-19: Mutual obligation exemptions extended until 22 May 2020

News | 21 April 2020

Making it work – support for those affected by fire and drought

News | 5 February 2020

From reporting exemptions to disaster recovery payments, child care services and mental health support, the Australian Government is delivering a range of services to help ease the stress of individuals, families and communities affected by the recent bushfires and the ongoing drought.

Contingency arrangements in fire affected areas extended to 6 March 2020

News | 20 January 2020

Update: While nationwide contingency arrangements due to the bushfire crisis ended on the 19 January, on 6 January the Prime Minister announced that job seekers who have been or continue to be affected by bushfires will not have mutual obligation requirements until Friday 6 March.

Release of the Northern Territory Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Request for Tender

News | 16 August 2019

New Employment Services Trial starts 1 July 2019

News | 30 June 2019

Turning dreams into a reality — Jennifer’s story

News | 10 April 2019

For Jennifer Harrison, the thought of starting a new career later in life was a daunting one. After health issues had prevented her returning to work, the Entrepreneurship Facilitator program helped her to discover and pursue her passion in interior styling.

Beside you all the way

News | 8 April 2019

Catherine Ryan, from Mitchelton in Queensland, rebuilt her skills and confidence to rejoin the workforce in a full-time role, thanks to Career Transition Assistance.

Strength in diversity: a profile of Australian small business

News | 5 April 2019

The diversity of small business in Australia is one of its fundamental strengths. There is no average, one-size-fits-all small business or small business owner.

A high for low unemployment rates

News | 3 April 2019

The number of Australian regions with an unemployment rate below five per cent is at a six-year high, new data reveals.

2019–20 Budget handed down

News | 2 April 2019

On Tuesday 2 April the Treasurer the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP handed down the 2019‑20 Budget.

Digital Champions announced

News | 1 April 2019

The first 15 of 100 small businesses from across Australia have been selected to receive a digital transformation package worth up to $20,000.

“An abundance of confidence”

News | 28 March 2019

Motivated by a desire to show her daughter how to be independent and confident, Beth Blundell worked with her ParentsNext provider in Maroochydore to build her confidence and define a path to reach her goals.

STEM jobs are growing faster than other jobs

News | 27 March 2019

Analysis of labour force data by the Department of Jobs and Small Business shows that jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related occupations are growing significantly faster than other occupations.

Demand for personal care workers growing

News | 24 March 2019

Australia’s ageing population and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is increasing the demand for personal care workers.

Growing the Launceston small business community

News | 20 March 2019

Around the country, Entrepreneurship Facilitators are helping Australians turn their dreams into a business, by offering free support and expert advice.

Restart for Firestorm

News | 15 March 2019

Matching a growing business with a mature age worker has proved a boost for Tweed Heads business Firestorm Motorcycles and its new Restart employee.

Working together for social change with Indigenous Cape York communities

News | 24 August 2018

Over the last 12 months, three Department of Jobs and Small Business staff members have travelled to Cape York in Far North Queensland to work alongside not-for-profit organisations.

Prioritising innovation

News | 20 July 2018

Public Sector Innovation Month, now in its seventh year, promotes discussion about innovation across the public sector during the month of July.

One in four employees leave a job within 12 months – find out how to improve staff retention at your business

News | 31 May 2018

The latest jobactive blog article 9 common reasons your staff are quitting and 10 strategies to get them stay explores the cost of staff turnover for small to medium businesses and provides strategies on how to keep your best staff for longer. Visit the jobactive blog to read the full article.

2018–19 Budget handed down

News | 8 May 2018

On Tuesday 8 May the Treasurer the Hon Scott Morrison handed down the 2018–19 Budget. ...