Federal Government’s Local Jobs Program expanded to Goulburn Valley

JOBS AND MORE JOBS... Local Member for Nichols, Damian Drum backing jobs growth for the region. Photo: Steve Hutcheson
JOBS AND MORE JOBS… Local Member for Nichols, Damian Drum backing jobs growth for the region. Photo: Steve Hutcheson

AS part of the recent Federal Budget, it was announced that the Federal Government’s Local Jobs program will be expanded nationally at a cost of $213.5M over four years.

Goulburn Valley residents will now be able to access tailored employment and training solutions via an employment facilitator who will work with employers and other key local stakeholders to develop employment solutions at a local level, and support people back into work.

The program has been extended nationally, in part, because of the unprecedented impact COVID-19 has had on the Australian labour market.

Recognising those regions and their communities have been impacted by COVID-19 in varying ways, the program includes:

A Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce in each of Australia’s 51 employment regions A Local Jobs Plan developed for each individual region Projects funded through a Local Recovery Fund in each region A National Priority Funding Pool.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the Goulburn Valley’s employment facilitator will work to connect local job seekers with training, job opportunities and other support.

“I’m confident they will come up with local solutions that will benefit the entire region,” Mr Drum said.

“They’ll drive innovative ideas to address the unique challenges in the Goulburn Valley by bringing together local businesses, training providers and job seekers.

“This taskforce will identify projects that can be funded by the Federal Government through the Local Recovery Fund, ranging from $10,000 to $200,000.”

The request for tender for an employment facilitator in the Goulburn Valley is now open. Applications close June 24 at 3pm.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment will hold an online information session on June 7. Registration is now open.

For more information, please email [email protected] or contact the Department’s customer service line on 1800 805 260.

The Local Jobs Program will run to June 30, 2025.