Statement 1: Budget Overview (Continued)
The Government is introducing an over $1.5 billion new integrated Remote Jobs and Communities Program from 1 July 2013. It will establish a permanent provider presence in each region to deliver improved services that drive structural improvements to communities and individuals. This will result in improved employment outcomes. Key features include the:
- demand‑driven 'jobs first' Remote Participation and Employment Service that directly responds to concerns raised by people in remote areas and helps people build the foundational life skills they need to take up available jobs;
- new Remote Youth Leadership and Development Corps, the flagship program for youth, aiming to promote a culture of change and provide a formalised pathway into employment for up to 12,000 young people; and
- Community Development Fund worth $237.5 million over five years to provide funding for larger community development activities and capacity‑building.
Funding from Job Services Australia, Disability Employment Services, the Indigenous Employment Program, and the Community Development Employment Projects Program will be amalgamated in remote Australia into a single streamlined service.
The provision of Community Development Employment Projects wages for grandfathered recipients will also be extended for a further five years. The new Service aligns with the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory initiative and the Government's Closing the Gap agenda.
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