Budget Funds Program to Create Local Jobs
Updated: Aug 5, 2018
I am committed to building community. A key part of a good community is ensuring that people have jobs. There are many policy options that Government’s can use to create employment. This year’s state budget is helping to create jobs by creating opportunities for people experiencing long term unemployment.
The benefits of employment for the individual and society are well documented. People in employment will have the benefit of planned leisure time, greater financial resources and networks of skilled colleagues to mobilise. Many people choose to use these three things for the benefit of the broader community by contributing to local community groups.
This week I will be attending the graduation of the latest Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program participants at Vision Australia. I am pleased to say this has become an annual event. A group of people with low or no vision are provided with an opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to enter or re-enter the workforce. Unemployment among people with low or no vision or working age is above 60%.
Many of the participants that I have met with over the years have previously been employed and lost positions due to declining visions. Others have been born with low or no vision but have attained very high academic qualifications, only to find limited work opportunities. My Grandmother was totally blind. Her main job in life was raising 9 kids. She did this ably with the support of her husband and extended family. We know that with the right supports, people with disability can enter the workforce.
We also know that society as a whole benefits when people with disabilities are given the same opportunity to participate in meaningful employment. An issues paper “Willing to Work” released by the Australian Human Rights Commission lists the economic and social benefits of employing people with a disability including providing the individual with higher income and living standards and reducing requirements for support from welfare services and system.
The Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program provides the support necessary, including work placement support, so that people with low or no vision can get a job.
Whether someone has been unemployed for a long period of time due to disability or for any other reason, chances are they will need extra help to get into the workforce. That is why the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program is so important.
Once people get a start, they find it much easier to stay employed. In this year’s budget the Treasurer Jackie Trad announced an additional $20 million in funding for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.
At the last election I committed to creating more local jobs. As I doorknock in our community I meet people who have been unemployed for long periods of time. I know the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program is creating opportunities for local people to find jobs.
There are many other ways the Palaszczuk Government has been working to create local jobs. The Back to Work Boost in South-East Queensland, infrastructure programs such as the Cross River Rail and restoring front-line public service positions such as nurses, teachers, child safety workers and police are all contributing to creating jobs.
The Advance Queensland Programs are helping to create the jobs of the future. Small Business Digital Innovation and Entrepreneur Grants have been really popular among small businesses and I know from meeting with business owners in the area, they are using the money to grow their business and employ more people.
I am committed to building community. Fundamental to achieving that is ensuring that people are able to find and keep jobs. I will continue to work as part of the Palaszczuk Government to ensure that we are always focused on creating local jobs.