Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP and the Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Ed Husic MP, will host an Employment Services and Workforce Participation Forum in Bendigo to discuss job agencies, Centrelink and Federal Government programs.
“The Turnbull Government’s jobseeker programs aren’t doing enough to help Australians get into work,” said Ms Chesters.
“I organised this forum in response to the numbers of job seekers contacting my office who are frustrated with the jobactive network. All too often, job seekers are disappointed and feel let down.
“The truth is the Federal Liberal Government is failing to create jobs and training opportunities for Central Victorians and forcing them to participate in failing jobs programs.”
Mr Husic said the Turnbull Government continues to blame jobseekers instead of looking at their own record on unemployment and failing jobs programs.
“Work for the Dole is a failing program that doesn’t get people into work under the Turnbull Government. Almost 90 per cent of participants still don’t have a full time job three months after going through Work for the Dole,” Mr Husic said.
“Youth Jobs PaTH isn’t a credible solution for youth unemployment. The Turnbull Government can’t explain how the Youth PaTH program won’t displace jobs that could go to full-paid employees.
Since being made redundant several years ago, local job seeker Neil Gemmill has struggled with the employment services sector.
“When I became redundant I wasn’t eligible for any Centrelink support because of my wife’s income. This locked me out of many job service provider agencies,” said Mr Gemmill.
“It was very degrading – I had worked the same job for over 25 years and suddenly had no purpose in life. I got very depressed.”
“This forum is an opportunity for local job seekers to share their employment service experience and to bring ideas about how the Federal Government can fix this mess.
“The feedback Ed and I get from this forum will be used to develop a plan to help employment services assist job seekers into new career opportunities,” said Ms Chesters.
12noon – 1pm
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Bendigo Trades Hall, 34 View Street Bendigo