Local Jobs Program

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The Local Jobs Program runs to 30 June 2022 in 25 regions throughout Australia.  It brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in each region.  The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expressions of interest for Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces close COB 6 October 2020. Further information is below.

Overview

The Local Jobs Program supports tailored approaches to accelerate reskilling, upskilling and employment in 25 regions across Australia. Recognising that regions have been impacted by COVID-19 in varying ways, the program will provide for:

  • 25 Employment Facilitators across 25 regions
  • a Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce in each of these regions
  • a Local Jobs Plan developed for each of these regions
  • projects funded through a Local Recovery Fund in each of these regions.

Local Jobs fact sheet

The program aims to ensure the maximum number of people are placed in appropriate employment or training opportunities as quickly as possible to meet employer needs as labour markets recover. To achieve this, expertise, resources and access to funding will be brought together at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways. Key stakeholders including employers, employment services providers, higher education and training organisations will work collaboratively to design projects that skill people to meet the needs of local employers.

A Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce will be established in each of the regions to identify key employment priorities and strengthen linkages between stakeholders. The Taskforce will play a central role leveraging existing programs and aligning efforts on the ground to ensure collaboration is maximised, duplication is minimised, and outcomes are achieved. The Taskforces will facilitate the design of projects that will address identified employment priorities and maximise the number of people moving into work.

Recognising that labour markets vary across Australia, local labour market data will be provided by the National Skills Commission and National Careers Institute. This will ensure each Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce understands shortages and predicted future trends to drive local training responses informed by evidence.

Regions

The Local Jobs Program will operate in the following 25 regions:

State Employment Region
NSW Illawarra South Coast
NSW Hunter
NSW New England and North West
NSW Mid North Coast
NSW North Coast
NSW Sydney Greater West
NSW Sydney South West
VIC Gippsland
VIC Western Melbourne
VIC Inner Metropolitan Melbourne
VIC North Western Melbourne
VIC South Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula
QLD Cairns
QLD Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast
QLD Townsville
QLD Wivenhoe
QLD Gold Coast
SA Murray and South East
SA North West Country
SA Adelaide North
TAS North and North Western Tasmania
TAS Hobart and Southern Tasmania
WA Perth South
WA South West WA
NT Darwin and Alice Springs

Employment Facilitators

Twenty-five Employment Facilitators will support the delivery of the Local Jobs Program. Employment Facilitators will be contracted by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in each region to bring together key stakeholders including employers, employment services providers, higher education and training organisations to work collaboratively to address the priorities identified in the Local Jobs Plan.

Eleven Employment Facilitators are already in place.

The remaining Employment Facilitators will be engaged through a Request for Tender process. More information about this process will be available shortly.

Representatives of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment will establish Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces in areas awaiting the appointment of their facilitators. For further queries about the role of Employment Facilitators, see below:

State

Employment Region

Taskforce

Contact

NSW

Illawarra South Coast

Illawarra South Coast Taskforce

Andrew Wales
Illawarra South Coast Employment Facilitator
andrew.wales@fscfacilitator.com.au

Hunter

Hunter Taskforce

Warrick Jordan
Hunter Employment Facilitator
warrick.jordan@hunterfacilitator.com

New England and North West

New England and North West Taskforce

Bronwyn Pearson
New England and North West Employment Facilitator
bronwyn@newenglandandnorthwestemploymentfacilitator.com

Mid North Coast

Mid North Coast Taskforce

Mark Almond
Interim Employment Facilitator
Mark.Almond@dese.gov.au

North Coast

North Coast Taskforce

Valerie Shavgarova
Interim Employment Facilitator
Valerie.Shavgarova@dese.gov.au

Sydney Greater West

Sydney Greater West Taskforce

Jacinta O’Meara
Interim Employment Facilitator
Jacinta.OMEARA@dese.gov.au

Sydney South West

Sydney South West Taskforce

Jacinta O’Meara
Interim Employment Facilitator
Jacinta.OMEARA@dese.gov.au

VIC

Gippsland

Gippsland Taskforce

Luke Arber
Gippsland Employment Facilitator
luke.arber@gippslandfacilitator.org.au

Western Melbourne

Western Melbourne Taskforce

Terry Kennedy
Western Melbourne Employment Facilitator
terry.kennedy@melbournefacilitator.com.au

Inner Metropolitan Melbourne

Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Taskforce

Irene Fitzpatrick
Interim Employment Facilitator
Irene.Fitzpatrick@dese.gov.au

North Western Melbourne

North Western Melbourne Taskforce

Irene Fitzpatrick
Interim Employment Facilitator
Irene.Fitzpatrick@dese.gov.au

South Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula

South Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula Taskforce

John Fletcher
Victoria State Manager
John.Fletcher@dese.gov.au

QLD

Cairns

Cairns Taskforce

Tamilyn Brennan
Cairns Employment Facilitator
tamilyn@fnqemployment.com.au

Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast

Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Taskforce

Austin Ryann
Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Employment Facilitator
austin@widebayemployment.com.au

Townsville

Townsville Taskforce

Murray Lehmann
Interim Employment Facilitator
Murray.Lehmann@dese.gov.au

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe Taskforce

Contessa Hall
Interim Employment Facilitator
Contessa.HALL@dese.gov.au

Gold Coast

Gold Coast Taskforce

Vicky Whybird
Interim Employment Facilitator
Vicki.Whybird@dese.gov.au

SA

Murray and South East

Murray and South East Taskforce

Christine Willersdorf
Murray and South East Employment Facilitator
Christine.Willersdorf@employmentfacilitator.com.au

North West Country

North West Country Taskforce

Lisa Brock
North West Country Employment Facilitator
lisa@usgemployment.com.au

Adelaide North

Adelaide North Taskforce

Joe Aylward
Interim Employment Facilitator
Joseph.Aylward@dese.gov.au

TAS

North and North Western Tasmania

North and North Western Tasmania Taskforce

James McCormack
North and North Western Tasmania Employment Facilitator
TasmaniaFacilitator@bigpond.com

Hobart and Southern Tasmania

Hobart and Southern Tasmania Taskforce

David Orchard
Interim Employment Facilitator
David.Orchard@dese.gov.au

WA

Perth South

Perth South Taskforce

Alix Roberts
Interim Employment Facilitator
Alix.Roberts@dese.gov.au

South West WA

South West WA Taskforce

Maryanne Baker
South West WA Employment Facilitator
maryanne@southerndarlingrangefacilitator.com.au

NT

Darwin and Alice Springs

Darwin and Alice Springs Taskforce

Jo Fry
State Manager Northern Territory
Joanne.Fry@dese.gov.au

Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce 

Each region will have a Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce chaired by an Employment Facilitator. Taskforces will be comprised of up to 10 members with representation from local stakeholders such as employer representatives, higher education, training providers, employment services providers, and local and state governments.  Each Taskforce will prepare a Local Jobs Plan identifying key employment priorities for their region.

Taskforce Membership

Expressions of Interest are now open for membership of the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces in 25 Local Jobs Regions. Please note submission of interest close COB 6 October 2020.

Taskforces will develop solutions to move as many people as possible back into work or training as quickly as possible by putting local employer needs at the centre of their actions and addressing the employment barriers of local people. Taskforces will play a central role in connecting, coordinating and leveraging existing programs and aligning efforts on the ground to ensure collaboration is maximised, duplication is minimised, and outcomes are achieved.

Taskforces will establish a Local Jobs Plan identifying key employment and training priorities for their Employment Region and providing a framework for driving employment outcomes in the context of the local labour market. 

Using the Local Jobs Plan, each Taskforce will maximise opportunities to move people back into work and reskill or upskill to meet employer needs. Where other initiatives or programs do not provide appropriate funding or resources to meet the Taskforce’s key priorities, the Local Recovery Fund can support activities that address issues identified in the Local Jobs Plan. Taskforces will be responsible for endorsing proposals for funding under the Local Recovery Fund.

Each Taskforce will be representative of the local region, with consideration given to nominees that have demonstrated experience in upskilling, reskilling and local economic development.

Taskforces will have a diverse membership, tailored to address the needs of each Employment Region, and consisting of motivated, active members with an ability to represent, connect and collaborate with others in the region and meet local labour market needs. Each Taskforce will comprise of a maximum of 10 members.

In applying, nominees are asked to:

  • specify the region they are applying for - see above list
  • briefly outline their suitability and capacity to represent their industry/sector/stakeholder group; and
  • provide endorsement by representatives of at least two separate organisations working in the same field or industry (where possible).

Membership of the Taskforce is voluntary. The Department may ask the Taskforce membership to be refreshed every six months or more frequently, if necessary, to reflect any updates to the Local Job Plan priorities. Final Taskforce membership will be approved by the Department.

To apply, please email localjobs@dese.gov.au or contact the Employment Facilitator in your region.

Local Recovery Fund

A Local Recovery Fund will be available across the 25 regions for projects that meet the priorities identified in the Local Jobs Plan. Projects will be identified for funding through periodic Request for Proposals (RFP).

For further information on the Local Recovery Fund including how to apply please contact espurchasing@dese.gov.au or call 1300 733 514.

Program specific information

Eligibility for Local Jobs Program Activities.

Eligible participants on a jobactive, ParentsNext, New Employment Services Trial or Transition to Work caseload will be able to participate in activities funded through the Local Recovery Fund. This will count towards their relevant Annual Activity/Participation Requirements. Please see your employment services provider for further information.

Contact Us

For further information on the Local Jobs Program, please email localjobs@dese.gov.au, or contact the department’s National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260.