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.

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. This is now open on AusTender and will close at 3.00pm on 27 October 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the Employment Services Purchasing Mailbox by email at espurchasing@dese.gov.au or by phone on 1300 733 514.

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 Sean Teer
Interim Employment Facilitator
Sean.Teer@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 Vicki 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 Olivia Webbe 
Interim Employment Facilitator
Olivia.Webbe@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 comprise 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.

Local Jobs and Skills 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.

Taskforce Membership

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.

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.

Expressions of Interest for membership of the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces in the 25 Local Jobs Regions have now closed. Please email localjobs@dese.gov.au or contact the Employment Facilitator in your region if you have any questions regarding this process.

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.