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Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

$16 million disability employment trial

Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, today announced 100 areas from Rockhampton in Queensland to Joondalup in Western Australia had been selected to take part in the new phase of a $16 million trial which will help people with disabilities find work.

The Federal Government has allocated an extra $6 million for the expansion of the trial of case based funding for disability employment assistance, which has already seen the allocation of $10 million in funding for existing trial areas, Mr Anthony said.

“Under this trial, Centrelink officers sit down with individual job seekers and assess what their needs are and how we can support them in their search for work.

“The assessment will determine which employment service can best help each individual.”

Mr Anthony said that of the 100 towns and suburbs selected for phase two of the expansion, 59 were in rural and regional areas.

“Each town will not only meet the needs of people in the immediate area but also job seekers with disabilities in the surrounding district.

“This initiative is in keeping with the Howard Government’s continued push to address the needs of Australians living in rural and regional areas by providing access to services only previously available in the cities.”

Mr Anthony said the inclusion of these additional regions meant employment services in most regions in Australia would now have an opportunity to participate in the trial.

“Since the start of the trial in November last year, up to 2000 job seekers with disabilities had accessed employment assistance in 15 regions across Australia,” Mr Anthony said.

“People with disabilities are proven to be loyal, reliable and highly productive and there are still many Australians with disabilities who can offer a great deal to employers – these people deserve every chance to find work.

“This government is determined to do all it can to give jobseekers with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the workforce.”

For funding allocations to the states under the $6 million expansion and a table listing all the areas selected please see attachment A and B

Attachment A

Funding allocations:

  • New South Wales – $2,000,000
  • Victoria $1,310,000
  • Queensland $1,595,000
  • South Australia $420,000
  • Western Australia $455,000
  • Tasmania $150,000
  • Northern Territory $30,000
  • Australian Capital Territory $40,000

Attachment B

Details of the trial regions for Phase 2 of the Case Based Funding Trial:

Regions CSCs
East Coast NSW Corrimal
Dapto
Shellharbour
Wollongong
Nowra
Chatswood
Northern Beaches
Hornsby
Rockdale
Sutherland
Hurstville
Western Sydney NSW Cabramatta
Revesby
Ingleburn
Baulkham Hills
Merrylands
Mt Druit
Ryde
St Marys
Hawkesbury
Lithgow
South West NSW Bega
Goulburn
Hunter NSW Armidale
Cessnock
Charlestown
Kurri Kurri
Maitland
Mayfield
Nelson Bay
Newcastle
Tamworth
Toronto
Wallsend
Central Coast NSW Gosford
Wyong
Western NSW Moree
Broken Hill
Gippsland VIC Morwell
Sale
Hume VIC Shepparton
Wangaratta
North Central Melbourne VIC Broadmeadows
Epping
Moreland
Camberwell
Glen Waverley
Knox
Ringwood
West Rural VIC Corio
Geelong
Horsham
Warnambool
Brisbane North Qld Chermside
Fortitude Valley
Mitchelton
Nundah
Nambour
Redcliffe
Strathpine
Caboolture
Maroochydore
Caloundra
Wide Bay QLD Gympie
Harvey Bay
Maryborough
Bundaberg
North QLD Aitkenvale
Townsville
Mt Isa
Central QLD Rockhampton
Gladstone
Mackay
West Moreton/South West QLD Ipswich
Toowoomba
Warwick
Gold Coast/ Logan QLD Biggera Waters
Southport
Nerang
Palm Beach
Beenleigh
Woodbridge
SE and Central Rural SA Berri
Gawler
Mt Gambier
Mt Barker
Murray Bridge
Victor Harbour
Western Adelaide SA Torrensville
Kilkenny
Port Adelaide
North West TAS Burnie
Devonport
Kimberly WA Broome
Northern Perth WA Innaloo
Joondalup
Mirrabooka
Warwick Grove
Southern WA
Central WA
North WA
Albany
Bunbury
Northam
Kalgoorlie
Geraldton