The Australian Government’s Stronger Transitions package supports retrenched workers in regions affected by large-scale redundancies and where the local labour market faces difficulties. The five identified regions are Adelaide, Mandurah, North Queensland, North/North-West Tasmania and Melbourne North/West.
The Stronger Transitions package of assistance will help workers facing retrenchment find new jobs across Australia and train for the jobs of the future.
The $10.3 million Stronger Transitions package contains five measures to support workers to transition into their next job:
Skills and training support – Transition Services
This measure includes partnerships with business to help workers move into new employment. The support is provided to workers in the identified locations prior to worker’s retrenchment date, and continues for six months after the retrenchment date to ensure a smooth transition.
The Transition Services Panel will support the Stronger Transitions package by providing individually tailored Transition Services to retrenched workers in each of the five identified regions, both before and after retrenchment.
The Transition Services Panel Members will be available in the five regions until 30 June 2020.
For further information on the Transition Services Panel, see the Transition Services Panel page.
Through jobactive, retrenched workers in the five identified regions will receive access to intensive case management and to additional supports such as assistance with relocating for new employment through the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job Programme.
jobactive providers will also be able to access $550 of additional credit (in addition to the $850 normally available to help job seekers with more significant barriers). These funds can be used by the jobactive for a range of services for the job seeker, including skills assessments and training to obtain qualifications (for example tickets or licences).
Better connecting skilled workers to employers and training
On-the-ground Employment Facilitators are available in the five identified regions to connect displaced workers with employers, job opportunities, training and other existing available support services.
Employment Facilitators will be available in each identified region until 30 June 2020.
Links to information for each employment facilitator for the Stronger Transitions region are below:
- Adelaide Employment Facilitator - Ms Leanne Hill
- Cairns Employment Facilitator - Ms Tamilyn Brennan
- Mandurah Employment Facilitator - Mrs Maryanne Baker
- Melbourne West and North West Employment Facilitator - Mr Terry Kennedy
- North-West Tasmania Employment Facilitator - Mr James McCormack
- Townsville Employment Facilitator - Mr John Hall
The Employment Facilitators work closely with jobactive services, training organisations and education providers to improve support for the retrenched workers. They meet with employers in the region to promote new job opportunities and coordinate assistance for workers and workforce planning through range of services including Jobs Fairs.
Jobs Fairs will be held in the identified regions to provide workers with an opportunity to talk directly to a range of employers about the skills they are looking for and to find out about available job opportunities. It also allows access to information on a range of local employment support services and training options to help workers gain relevant skills and increase their ability to find employment more quickly.
Jobs Fairs give people the chance to explore employment opportunities in their local community. A series of Jobs Fairs are being held across Australia.
Supporting workers to relocate for employment
Workers under the Stronger Transitions package and the Structural Adjustment programs have immediate access to the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job Programme initiative.
Under this initiative job seekers who are eligible for relocation assistance can receive payments of up to $3,000 if relocating to a capital city, $6,000 if relocating to a regional area, and an extra $3,000 if relocating with dependent children. These payments are to assist with the cost of moving for a job.
The new location of employment must be is within Australia and at least 90 minutes away from where the job seeker currently lives. If the move is between capital cities, the new location must have a lower unemployment rate than where the job seeker currently lives.
For more information see the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job General Fact Sheet.
Providing access to small business opportunities
Retrenched workers interested in starting and running their own business are able to participate in the New Business Assistance with NEIS three months prior to retrenchment. NEIS provides accredited training, business mentoring and support to assist individuals start their own business.
Retrenched workers are required to submit their redundancy letter, with their redundancy date, to a NEIS provider for a review of their eligibility for NEIS assistance. All other personal and business eligibility requirements will also apply and must be met.
For more information on NEIS see the Programme Fact Sheet for the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme.