Longterm Unemployment

Senator Dr Chris Back, Liberal Senator for Western Australia, Chair of the Parliamentary Education and Employment Committee

Senator Dr Chris Back, Liberal Senator for Western Australia, Chair of the Parliamentary Education and Employment Committee will be presenting at Long Term Unemployment Conference

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations, 4 streams and workshops on long term unemployment issues.

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

For more information about the conference please visit the website www.longtermunemployment.org.au or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068. Register online www.longtermunemployment.org.au

Untapped Potential: Unemployment amongst Skilled Migrants and Refugees

Mr Michael Krafft, Division Executive Manager, Economic Participation at Access Community Services will be speaking at the Long Term Unemployment conference on Untapped Potential: Unemployment amongst Skilled Migrants and Refugees

Skilled migrants and refugees in Australia face numerous barriers to gaining employment that is commensurate with their qualifications, skills and experience.

The potential that lies dormant within unemployed skilled migrants is an untapped resource which requires intervention. ABS data reveals that unemployment for skilled migrants is as much as 30% higher than unemployment for the broader population. This paper will examine the key causes of long-term unemployment amongst skilled migrants and refugees.

The key barriers and methods to address these will be explored from a Job Services Australia (JSA) provider perspective. A case study of the Professional Migrant Assistance Mentoring Program (Pro MAP) will inform this paper and demonstrate how targeted programs can assist skilled migrants to gain employment in their chosen field.

About Michael

Michael Krafft is the Executive Manager, Development at Access Community Services. Michael has an extensive and diverse career within the Business, Employment and Vocational training sectors, having worked as a business owner, Industry consultant, Traineeship Development Officer and JSA provider in the not-for-profit sector.

Over the last five years, he has overseen the development of Access’ employment programs division, growing it into a multi-regional program and securing Queensland’s first (and only) CALD specific Job Services Australia (JSA) contract. Michael is the Deputy Chair for Jobs Australia and the Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Ipswich and West Moreton. Culturally and language diverse employment.

Employment Awards

The Employment Awards aims to recognise, raise awareness and promote the benefits of employing at risk groups including disability, mature age, youth, indigenous and regional unemployed. The Awards provide an excellent opportunities for networking and recognition of innovation. Award winners will be profiled by media partners and on the conference website and social media.   Awards will be presented at the Long-Term Unemployment Conference Welcome Reception on Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 5.00pm in the Diamond Head Room at QT Hotel. Drinks and canapés will be served until 6.00pm.

The Employment Awards 2014 have been awarded to the following organisations

  • Disability Employment  Award-  Eastern Food Alliance
  • Mature Age Employment Award –Connect Child and Family Services – Sponsored by the Maxima Group
  • Youth Employment Award – BUSY at Work
  • Indigenous Employment Award – Brierty Limited
  • Regional Employment Award – Max Employment

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we would like to thank the following judges for their valuable input and feedback for the 2014 Employment Awards.

  • Ms Samantha Wilson – Ipswich-Logan Priority Employment Area Report
  • Ms Lou Single – Youth off the Streets
  • Ms Sharon Boyce – Discovering Disability and Diversity
  • Mr Ian Bridger Across Culture

What do the winners receive?

An engraved award and certificate along with recognition at the Award Evening.  Winners will also be profiled on the conference website and social media sites.

Sponsors:  There are sponsorship opportunities for these Awards, please refer to the Sponsorship Proposal or contact the Conference Secretariat.

More information:  If you require more information about the Awards submission process and sponsorship please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Employment Awards 2014 Secretariat
Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068 Fax (61 7) 5527 3298
E: secretariat@longtermunemployment.org.au
W: www.longtermunemployment.org.au

Unemployment spike in elderly a risk for pension changes

Unemployment spike in elderly a risk for pension changes  – More older people are going on the dole.  As the Abbott government plans to lift the pension age to 70, new data shows a spike in older Australians registering for unemployment benefits. The number of Australians aged over 50 receiving the Newstart unemployment allowance grew by more than 40 per cent between 2010 and last year. This dramatically outweighs the 8 per cent growth in the over 50s general population across the same period.

Treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed he wants to increase the pension age to 70 from 2035, up from 65.

The collision of these two facts poses long-term challenges to the budget, with the likelihood of tens of thousands more Australians signing up for unemployment payments in their 50s and 60s as they wait to become eligible for the pension.

The data, released by the Department of Human Services to the Greens, reveals nearly 200,000 Australians in their 50s and 60s are on Newstart. The spike is “alarming” given the expected changes to the pension age, says Greens senator Rachel Siewert.

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says several factors have contributed to the rapid rise in older people applying for Newstart.

“Labor’s changes to the Parenting Payment … pushed tens of thousands of people onto Newstart Allowance, including some people over the age of 50,” Mr Andrews told Fairfax Media.

And an increase in the pension age for women from 64.5 to 65 from July last year meant more women stayed on Newstart for longer in the second half of last year, he added.

Newstart is available to unemployed Australians aged over 22 who are looking for work and meet an income and asset test. The Abbott government wants to lift the age at which a person can receive Newstart to 25. This change is expected to be confirmed in Tuesday’s budget.

The Greens claim Abbott government policies will force people onto unemployment benefits and keep them there.

“We’re now on the verge of a series of cruel budget cuts that have the potential to dump more people onto Newstart,” Senator Siewert said. “Rather than working to address these issues, the government is planning a series of cuts and making people work until they’re 70.”

The Greens support various policy initiatives to address the issue, such as a National Mature Age Employment Plan, reducing barriers for older job seekers and investigating the adequacy of Newstart.

The government data reveals that more than 40 per cent of these older Newstart recipients are staying on the payment for longer than two years, and 20 per cent for more than four years. Figures for the overall Newstart population are only three quarters of that. This supports concerns about the barriers older Australians face when they look for jobs.

Mr Andrews said his government was determined to help all Australians find work, and “mature-age workers” in particular. He mentioned as an example the Coalition’s policy to pay $3250 incentives to employers who hire “mature-age job seekers” who have been on welfare payments for at least six months. The policy begins on July 1.
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Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations, 4 streams and workshops on long term unemployment issues.

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

For more information about the conference please visit the website www.longtermunemployment.org.au or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068. Reminder! Register online www.longtermunemployment.org.au