Media Release by The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Innovation to break the welfare cycle

Joint Media Release with:

  • Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck

The Burnie community will be invited to brainstorm ideas to help local, unemployed people find work at an Australian first ‘ideas exchange’.

An ‘ideas exchange’ will be held in Burnie on 28 March 2018 to generate practical and innovative ways to target unemployment amongst over 50s.

The event will bring together about 40 people from the Burnie community, including older, unemployed residents, employers, and people with knowledge of the local labour market to workshop ideas and generate projects.

A project idea will be selected and developed into a grant opportunity under the Turnbull Government’s $96.1 million Try, Test and Learn Fund.

Many older people who are not currently working have transferrable experience, knowledge, and skills that are valuable to employers.

The Turnbull Government is focussed on helping Australians get off welfare and into work, as the economy creates 1,100 jobs a day.

Try, Test and Learn Fund grant applications can be submitted until 2pm AEST, 28 September 2018, via the Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect.

More information about the Try, Test and Learn Fund is on the DSS website.