2017/18 Federal Budget
Some Ministerial comments…
Budget headlines related to employment services
Support for Indigenous Australians – Closing the Gap
$55.7 million over five years by the Department of Employment for:
- stronger engagement by employment services providers with Indigenous communities
- pre-and post-placement mentoring support for all Indigenous job seekers
- assistance for Indigenous prisoners
- immediate access to increased wage subsidies for Indigenous participants
- a place-based pilot in Yarrabah.
Planned consultation on a new employment and participation service in remote Australia.
$11 million for a Community Development Programme (CDP) youth engagement strategy to transition young people into training and employment.
$146.9 million over four years to extend and enhance business support for Indigenous entrepreneurs.
$52.9 million over four years for a whole‑of‑government research and evaluation strategy for policy affecting Indigenous Australians.
Support for parents
$263 million over four years to expand ParentsNext to all jobactive regions and for more intensive services for the most disadvantaged job seekers. This includes pre‑employment training and outcome fees.
Support for Mature job seekers
Increased support for job seekers over 50 years of age from 1 July 2018, including:
- a career assistance programme
- expansion of work experience with incentives added
- pathway to work pilots
Support for People with disability
The Disability Employment Services reform will now commence 1 July 2018. In addition:
- $24 million over four years is available from July this year for implementation
- documents outlining the details of the reform are anticipated in early June
- provider payments will be indexed from 1 July 2019
- a trial will expand DES to a broader group of school leavers.
Full National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding secured with an additional Medicare levy and finalisation of transition arrangements.
$209 million over four years for NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
Extended access to drug and alcohol interventions for jobactive and Transition to Work as an approved activity for stream A and B job seekers.
Support for Veterans
- $9.1 million over four years to enable more veterans to participate in the workforce.
- $2.7 million over four years to support veterans to successfully gain civilian employment.
Budget savings in Work for the Dole and job seeker compliance
A “refocus of Work for the Dole and new Jobseeker Compliance Framework” involving:
- “efficiencies of $632.0 million over five years”
- “simplified compliance system”
- ending Work for the Dole (WFD) Coordinator contracts from January 2018
- restricting access to group WFD activities to Stream C job seekers
- stronger participation requirements
- a drug testing trial and stronger non-participation penalties for job seekers.
Capacity development and training
Carer workforce development including:
- $1.9 million over two years for an industry‑led aged care workforce taskforce
- $33 million over three years to boost the local disability and aged care workforce in in rural, regional and outer suburban areas.
$1.5 billion over four years for a permanent Skilling Australians Fund. It will prioritise apprenticeships and traineeships for occupations that are in high demand, have a reliance on skilled migration pathways, represent sectors of future growth, and are present in regional and rural areas.
Savings of $112.4 million over five years from efficiencies in the Skills for Education and Employment Program. (Funding of $462.5 million over five years will continue to be provided to assist eligible job seekers.)
We will continue to provide more in-depth analysis as the week unfolds – watch this space!