Explainer: COVID-19 gradual return of mutual obligation requirements
Mutual obligation requirements are gradually returning from 4 August for all job seekers except those in Victoria. Find out what this means and how to avoid penalties.
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Mutual obligation requirements are gradually returning from 4 August for all job seekers except those in Victoria. Find out what this means and how to avoid penalties.
School students can learn how to crack a code, build Lego using algorithms, create a virtual pet, and write a computer program under an innovative new initiative aimed at fostering the cyber-security workers of the future.
On 16 July 2020, public consultation commenced for the 2020 Review (the Review) of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards).
On 15 July, World Youth Skills Day is celebrated across the world to promote the importance of young people getting the skills they need for the work of today and the future.
For three Transition to Work participants, Daniel, Ethan and Caramon, guidance from their Transition to Work providers helped set them on a course to new careers.
The latest survey from the National Skills Commission reveals an increase in the number of Australian businesses that expect to increase their staffing levels in the coming months.
Creative thinking and determination helped Amanda keep her business operating during COVID-19.
Returning to work after a break due to caring responsibilities can be challenging. The new Mid-Career Checkpoint Program pilot aims to make this transition easier, by providing skills and employment assessment services, tailored career advice and coaching sessions free of charge for eligible carers who have devoted more than two years to caring responsibilities and are returning to paid employment.
The first public report from the National Skills Commission provides a snapshot of the current state of Australia’s labour market.
Over 600 job seekers from the New South Wales Mid North Coast explored current local job opportunities at a virtual job fair on 27 May.
Education and trade links between Australia and India will be strengthened through the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in vocational education and training (VET).
For students looking for a job, the last thing they want to worry about is whether a prospective employer is finding it too hard to verify their skills. The reality is, in a competitive job market and with employers keen to get on with recruiting, any extra steps to check a candidate has the right skills might mean they get passed over.
A Youth Jobs PaTH internship in a local dentistry has resulted in a young Maitland resident, Fred, securing a job as a dental assistant.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is continuing its release of data reports on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian businesses and their staffing levels.
To help job seekers affected by the Coronavirus navigate the sudden changes in the labour market, the Job Jumpstart website has released new resources.
In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the jobs market, a suite of new services to support employers, affected workers, and job seekers has been rolled out.
One of these measures, the Jobs Hub, has recently added some new features to better connect job seekers to employers looking to hire.
The Australian Government, together with state and territory governments, has established a new $80 million Infection Control Training Fund to fast-track fee free (or low cost) infection control training to support the re-opening of customer facing businesses nationwide.
Using the latest information on the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment is producing up-to-date advice and data to support job seekers.
To help celebrate National Careers Week, a number of career development practitioners are sharing their top career tips through a series of videos.
National Careers Week provides a timely opportunity for students to consider their future career. One avenue to explore options is through the Australian Government’s Future Ready: A student focused National Career Education Strategy.
While all young people have vocational learning needs, young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in metropolitan, regional and remote locations face particular challenges and barriers to completion of secondary studies and engagement in vocational education and training.
Innovative service delivery is helping ParentsNext participants achieve their education goals and build their personal support networks even during shutdown.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is progressively releasing reports on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian businesses and their staffing levels.
The first round of the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians has offered over 50 scholarships to young people undertaking Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in regional areas with high youth unemployment.
With registered training organisations (RTOs) in Australia listed on the My Skills website, students can decide which provider is the right one for them by selecting one that best suits their training needs.
Skills Match is a tool that helps individuals to identify their skills gained in past jobs and presents ideas for new jobs into which they may be able to transfer these skills.
While health measures in place across Australia have so far helped slow the spread of COVID-19 the impact of the pandemic on the Australia labour market is ever changing.
Mutual obligations have been lifted for job seekers until 1 June 2020 to support them during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this rapidly changing jobs market the Australian Government has launched a new Jobs Hub to support businesses and those Australians looking for work. Jobs Hub provides information on current employment opportunities, what’s happening in our labour market, and jobs that are in demand.
A decision to study hospitality led Caitlin on a path to winning the 2018 Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award.
Applications are now open for the first round of the National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program.
With the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak many students may be at home and continuing to learn using lessons supplied by schools. In response, the Digital Technologies Hub team has produced some fun and engaging activities to helps students learn online about digital technologies.
Soleil is a health worker and studied to be an Enrolled Nurse at the University of Notre Dame.
The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards that showcase best practice in vocational education and training (VET). The Awards promote continuous improvement and innovation in the design and delivery of VET with the majority of the awards being the culmination of each state and territory training awards.
Apply now for the 2020 Australian Training Awards! Applications close 31 May 2020.
The Burnie Industry Training Hub is now open and ready to help senior secondary school students get the skills needed to meet local industry demand.
For Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador Mary George, her determination to become a pastry chef began at the early age of thirteen where she started her own cupcake baking business.
As part of the Australian Government’s Economic Response to the Coronavirus, eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their eligible apprentice’s or trainee’s wages paid until 31 March 2021.
The Australian Training Awards will be hosted by National Careers Ambassador, Scott Cam, in November this year.
The National Careers Ambassador, Mr Scott Cam, has kicked off a national tour at TAFE NSW Ryde to highlight the many great jobs and rewarding careers a vocational education and training (VET) qualification can lead to.
It’s not every day a success story is born from a passion for small business and seaweed but that’s what Lee-Anne has achieved with help from New Business Assistance with NEIS.
Not-for-profit BUSY At Work to deliver Commonwealth Scholarships Program for vulnerable youth.
Projections show that total employment in Australia will increase by 1,075,000, or 8.3 per cent, over the five years to May 2024.
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.
As bushfires ravaged the NSW south coast throughout December and January, local jobactive providers dug deep to deliver on-the-ground practical and fundraising support to help local communities get back on their feet.
Schools, teachers, parents, employers and career educators can now freely access resources to help secondary students make informed decisions about their future careers and study options.
My Business Health is an online portal that helps small business owners find the services they need to face challenges and identify opportunities to grow their business.
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.
Jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are growing significantly faster than other occupations, analysis shows.
The National Work Experience Programme (NWEP) matches employees with suitable organisations, helping job seekers gain work and life changing skills and experiences.
Through the Digital Champions project, Sydney-based TeleTraining is showing how taking small steps toward digital engagement can lead to big results for small businesses.
Despite experiencing significant barriers to work, Timothy Belia’s persistence and determination, combined with continued support from jobactive and his employer, landed him a job with a Mt Isa business.
Young Indigenous job seekers on the Gold Coast are off to a great start, thanks to a collaboration between the City of Gold Coast, employment service providers, the Queensland Government and the Australian Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.
Volunteer firefighters involved in an emergency response will not have their income support payments cut while fighting fires.
Leaders in vocational education and training (VET) now have an online portal to share their stories.
On 21 November, almost 800 people gathered in Brisbane at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on South Bank to celebrate the annual Australian Training Awards.
How can the humble printer transform a talent agency and a family plumbing business in suburban Melbourne? Our Digital Champions tell us the ways!
A new mining Skills Organisation pilot will work with industry to make sure workers have the right skills to match future mining needs.
More than 1,000 people from over 600 organisations across Australia have so far participated in stakeholder consultation and co-design to strengthen and modernise the skills and careers sectors.
The latest Australian jobs data are now easier than ever to access and explore.
Outstanding small businesses were celebrated at the recent 2019 NEIS Awards.
Finding a digital tech job in the Bega Valley is now easier with a Regional Employment Trial supporting fresh thinking on ways to hire and train local workers.
Former Chief Economist of the Business Council of Australia, Adam Boyton, has been appointed as the Interim National Skills Commissioner.
Employment program Career Builder is helping ex-offenders gain skills in construction to assist them to re-enter the workforce.
A new user guide can help you explore local jobs data and find the information and insights you need.
The National Careers Institute has been established to simplify and strengthen Australia’s career development system, so Australians can get the career information and support they need.
Business owner, former apprentice and television presenter Scott Cam has been named the National Careers Ambassador.
A joint Federal-Queensland pre-employment program for Indigenous job seekers gave Nathan Talbott the hand up he needed.
A new report describing best practice support for retrenched workers was published on the department’s website this week.
A new paper that explores how large, local and international data sets can help workers and job seekers transfer their existing skills to new jobs and identify new skills to develop was published today.
Along with almost three decades of uninterrupted growth, the Australian labour market has shifted away from production industries towards service-based industries — and this is expected to continue.
Australia’s best and brightest trainees and apprentices punched above their weight against competitors from around the world to take home a silver and three bronze medals at the WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia.
Over 2000 young people, parents and teachers in Bendigo attended The Future World of Work forum in July this year.
Job Outlook has had an upgrade! A number of enhancements help inform people looking to make a decision about their job search, study or training.
Skills Match is the latest online, interactive tool now available on the Job Outlook website to help workers and job seekers match their current skills and experience to new jobs.
Mature-age job seekers in all employment regions across Australia can now get help to become more competitive in their local job market.
Civil celebrant Julie Muir was experiencing mental health challenges in her personal life in addition to the daily stressors of running a successful small business. Looking for flexible, accessible online support, she discovered the Ahead for Business website and the tools, tips and resources that helped her cope with stress and find balance.
The number of Australian regions located outside capital cities with an unemployment rate below five per cent rose to an eight-year high in the March quarter 2019, new data reveals.
Moving to Australia presented a range of challenges for brothers Yousef and Yasin Mohammadi, but with help from Entrepreneurship Facilitator Talitha ‘Taz’ Devadass they realised their dream of opening a spice market.
Employment in the Brisbane metropolitan area has grown over the last year, with an additional 10,700 people in work since April 2018 with strong gains in full-time work. While employment has grown in the area, a recent Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business survey reveals that employers are having increasing difficulty recruiting.
Employment programs and supportive employers are key to knocking down some of the barriers to work experienced by Indigenous Australians.
Going digital might not seem like a priority for Barc for Pets — a business that specialises in dog-minding — but for owners Rebecca and Marc, going online will ensure their business can innovate, expand and meet their ambitious vision for the future.
Small business owner Rebecca Gerstner received assistance from Australian Small Business Advisory Services to improve her digital capability and grow her business, to reach more customers and broaden her products and services.
Local Canberra business Altina Drinks has made quite a stir with a distinctive take on non‑alcoholic cocktails and are now looking to boost their business through digital technology.
The strong demand and good starting salaries for trade graduates are great reasons for students in the ACT to consider a trade qualification.
The following stories, all from Western Australia, are by women who transformed their own and their family’s lives with the help of jobactive Indigenous mentors.
Jobactive providers across Australia employ Indigenous mentors who play a vital role supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with culturally appropriate career advice in a positive environment.
Australian Jobs, produced annually by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, is one of the country’s foremost publications about the Australian labour market.
The number of job vacancies advertised online fell by 2800, or 1.6 per cent, in April 2019 and has now fallen for four consecutive months.
With support from New Business Assistance, Gabriela learnt the essentials of setting up her own business and received mentoring and financial support, helping her fulfil her long-held dream of running her own cake shop.
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.
One thing was clear from the very first Small Business Fair held in Perth on 5 February: Australians are agile innovators, driven to put their great ideas to work.
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.
Mihi Waihape, ParentsNext program manager with Workways in Logan, Queensland, worked closely with Patrice to help her find direction and take steps toward her goal of running a nail salon.
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.
After leaving school and starting a family, Natasha didn’t believe she could launch a career, but with the help of ParentsNext she found a calling in aged care.
The number of Australian regions with an unemployment rate below five per cent is at a six-year high, new data reveals.
The first 15 of 100 small businesses from across Australia have been selected to receive a digital transformation package worth up to $20,000.
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.
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.
Australia’s ageing population and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is increasing the demand for personal care workers.
The Australian Government has announced that the employment services model will be transformed to offer a new online self-service platform for all and enhanced services for the most disadvantaged, delivering better outcomes for job seekers, employers and providers.
Around the country, Entrepreneurship Facilitators are helping Australians turn their dreams into a business, by offering free support and expert advice.
Matching a growing business with a mature age worker has proved a boost for Tweed Heads business Firestorm Motorcycles and its new Restart employee.
International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March each year, highlighting the achievements of women across the world.
Women are a key part of the Australian workforce, both as employees and business owners.
Here is a statistical snapshot on women in the Australian labour market:
Analysis of two national surveys is helping our understanding of the division of unpaid household labour and how flexible employment can help families share the load.
A direct approach to employers, even if they haven’t advertised a job vacancy, can pay off for some proactive people looking for work.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business is inviting small business owners to have their say on the implementation of a new national business payments reporting framework.
Youth Jobs PaTH is an Australian Government employment service that helps young people gain skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job.
It’s an exciting time for professional women’s sport in Australia.
The start of the third season of the AFLW competition began earlier this month, and crowds and television viewers were treated to a great summer season of WBBL cricket and exciting tennis at the Australian Open.
Research published by the Department of Jobs and Small Business shows that while refugees can find entering the labour market very challenging, Australian employers value their contribution and skills.
Australian small business owners can learn the secrets to making their business work smarter at a series of Small Business Fairs launching on Tuesday 5 February.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business is always looking at ways to improve the way employment policies are developed.
Latest Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) data reveal that the percentage of Statistical Area Level 2s (SA2s) recording a fall in their unemployment rate has increased over the past 12 months.
The Australian Government recognises many parents and carers of young children need help to plan and prepare for employment by the time their children start school. ParentsNext aims to improve their work readiness and future employment prospects.
Seven new short videos have been added to the Job Jumpstart website to help young people prepare for employment and land a great job.
When an industry experiences structural change, it may mean that businesses have to restructure and this can be a stressful time. To help both employers and employees during this time, the Australian Government has released the Redundancy Information Statement.
Conducting job interviews can be challenging for business owners.
In Australia, employers are required by law to avoid discrimination when recruiting staff.
The advice from Job Jumpstart to school leavers is there are alternative pathways to take if you don’t get the year 12 results you hoped for.
An expert advisory panel has handed a report to the Australian Government, outlining recommendations on how employment services can best assist job seekers and employers in the future.
Christmas often means extra work, especially for staff in the retail and hospitality sectors, and many look forward to a bit more in their pay as a result. Employers are encouraged to make sure their staff are receiving all their entitlements and sharing in the Christmas cheer.
More than 18,500 mature-age people seeking work across five locations around Australia can now access extra help to become more competitive in their local job market.
Many Health Care and Social Assistance related jobs are growing strongly as Australia’s population ages and the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout continues.
Kaileb McKenzie is at the start of an exciting new career as a chef, following his participation in a successful Transition to Work program on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Six jobs fairs across Australia from July to October this year attracted close to 13,000 participants.
The jobs fairs were held in regions impacted by change, where large-scale redundancies had affected local job markets.
Job advertisement growth over the past year was faster in regional areas than in capital cities, according to the latest data from the Internet Vacancy Index (IVI). This reflects a trend towards stronger growth in regional areas since June 2016.
Concentrix Services in Brisbane, Queensland, has worked with Matchworks and the Department of Jobs and Small Business to increase employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
'Australian Jobs', one of Australia’s foremost jobs publications, is collecting feedback to make the next edition better.
Starting a business can throw up lots of unexpected challenges, so getting great advice is key.
A behavioural economics trial is being developed to help potential franchisees make a more informed decision before entering into a franchise agreement.
Indigenous young man, Adam Dann, had always had an interest in photography and media.
But as he lives in a remote area—Broome in Western Australia—there weren’t a lot of opportunities for careers in this field.
Link2Opportunity is an initiative connecting interested young people, women and Indigenous Australians to jobs in mining.
The majority of employers who have hired an ex-offender have reported a positive outcome, with some saying they are the ‘best workers’.
The Australian economy is transitioning to new sectors of growth. This process of transition helps to drive business to be more innovative and competitive, generates new products, services and employment, and can provide consumers with better value for money.
Long-term unemployment remains a challenge in Australia.
The longer a person stays unemployed, the more their connection with the labour market diminishes, having potential negative effects on their confidence and employability skills.
Janaya Paul, a young Indigenous woman from the Gold Coast, is excited to have landed a job as an apprentice mechanic with the help of the Youth Jobs PaTH program.
Employment projections indicate that over 90% of new jobs over the next five years will require post-school education.
Wednesday 10 October is National Cake Decorators’ Day which seems as good an excuse as any to talk about cake.
A jobs expo held in Grafton in late August connected people looking for work in the Northern Rivers region with potential employers seeking motivated staff.
Self-motivated and determined, Neil Jameson, 59, is an inspiring example of a mature-aged person who persisted and didn’t let himself be discouraged in his job search. He’s now reaping the rewards.
The advice from employers for mature age workers is to not hide their light under a bushel.
Young people are getting more opportunities for employment with the Youth Jobs PaTH program as businesses tailor the program to suit their recruitment needs.
There are changes to activity requirements for some older Australians who are looking for work, under new Stronger Participation measures.
A new tool launched this week will help people looking for work—or a career change—to find out what skills are in demand where they live.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business received over 450 submissions in response to its public discussion paper—the Next Generation of Employment Services 2020—released at the end of June.
A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has commended Australia for producing reliable information about the labour market and using that information to shape policies and reduce skills imbalances.
Melbourne jobs expos recently held in Broadmeadows and Dandenong provided people looking for work in those areas an opportunity to meet with local employers, hand out their resumes and discuss job vacancies.
Jobs in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry continue to show the strongest growth and this looks set to be a continuing trend.
The Labour Market Information Portal brings together data and insights from a range of official sources to increase your understanding of local labour markets.
Youth Jobs PaTH internships are working for Transition to Work participants, creating opportunities for more young people to get into work.
Get Moving is an Empowering YOUth Initiatives (EYI) project offering intensive support to assist unemployed people aged 18-24 to relocate for work.
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.
The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) explores opportunities in the labour market at a detailed occupational and regional level.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business has projected that total employment will increase by 886,100 (7.1%) over the next five years.
On Tuesday 24 July 2018, more than 800 locals attended a Jobs Fair at Providore Place in Devonport, Tasmania.
The new targeted compliance framework started 1 July 2018. As job seekers transition to the new framework, there have been many questions regarding how the system is applied. The following FAQs provide some explanation of the framework and how it practically affects job seekers.
On the 12 August, International Youth Day will be celebrated across the world to promote discussions important to young people and to recognise their achievements.
When it comes to assisting young people make the transition from education to employment, there’s no ‘one size fits all’.
More than 10 employment services providers recently attended a collaborative session in Melbourne’s north west to discuss best practice in delivering the Youth Jobs PaTH program.
The share of job vacancies advertised online by employers has increased by 15 percentage points since 2012-13, from 45% to 60% in 2016-17.
The ‘Local Jobs Local People’ event on 25 July 2018 in Port Adelaide, South Australia, created an environment for young people looking for work to meet with employers looking to take on new staff.
The Australian Government has invested $5 million over four years for the trial of a place-based employment services model in the Indigenous community of Yarrabah in norther Queensland.
Public Sector Innovation Month, now in its seventh year, promotes discussion about innovation across the public sector during the month of July.
There can be internal and external factors at play when an employee considers changing jobs. We borrow some tips from our Business Insights page on the jobactive blog to provide some answers for employers.
Entrepreneurship Facilitators are providing support and advice to people who want to start their own business.
Small businesses around Australia now have access to individual support to grow their digital capabilities.
Research commissioned by the Small Business Digital Taskforce found small businesses that are digitally engaged are more likely to grow their revenue and up to eight times more likely to create new jobs.
Government employment services have placed more than one million people in jobs in the past three years and now the community can have a say in creating future services to help Australians find and keep work.
'The next generation of employment services discussion paper' is open for public consultation.
After staying home to raise young children, it can be daunting to think about getting a job. But tens of thousands of parents will have help to make that transition, with the national expansion of an innovative government program.
A survey of employers of apprentices has found that most are successful in recruiting apprentices, with 70% of vacancies filled.
The job seeker Targeted Compliance Framework came into effect on 1 July 2018. The framework is designed to be simpler, fairer and more effective.
A substantial increase in the number of fitness industry workers and baristas over the last decade reflects changes in the way we live.
Around 140 people, representing over 85 businesses, recently participated in a Bundaberg Business Forum to hear about programs that are available to help employ more youth in the Wide Bay region.
20,000 unemployed young people have now gained the skills to help them meet employers’ needs. And more than 30% of them have moved into a job or an internship.
A Department of Jobs and Small Business trial using behavioural economics has found new ways to encourage take up of wage subsidies by employers.
Sydney has one of the strongest jobs markets in Australia, according to research from the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
In April, the Australian Government’s job service, jobactive, celebrated a milestone moment when it reached one million job placements.
An annual jobs report produced by the Department of Jobs and Small Business shows that labour market conditions strengthened considerably over the year to January 2018.
For around 750 people affected by the closure of Hazelwood Power Station, the life they have now is not the one they had just over a year ago, according to the Gippsland Employment Facilitator Luke Arber.
The recruitment market in Hobart is strengthening, according to research conducted by the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
Footwear manufacturer Steve Maul says finding someone with the right skills and experience to work in his industry is challenging.
Trying to work out what jobs will be in demand in the next five years can be a challenge.
AME Systems, which provides customised electrical wiring solutions for buses, trains, trams and heavy industry vehicles, was struggling to find suitable workers.
Taire Kabotau is one of over 100 Kiribatis who come to Australia each year to participate in our Seasonal Worker Programme.
Inconsistencies between different sets of ABS employment data can be a trap for economic analysts and journalists trying to interpret and understand the figures.
A job matching event for job seekers and employers in South Australia has proved to be a winner for job hunters.