The Blueprint for regional & community job deals advances the Centre for Policy Development’s work on improving employment services in place by showing how this approach can be scaled up across the nation in pivotal regions and places.
It illustrates a pathway for implementing, governing and funding place-based initiatives for long-lasting impact on our jobs crisis.
The Blueprint for Regional & Community Job Deals illustrates a pathway for implementing, governing and funding place-based initiatives for long-lasting impact
The blueprint shows how governments, business and philanthropy can support similar approaches across the country in a coordinated way so that vulnerable jobseekers are front of mind on our way out of COVID.
It includes a toolkit with practical implementation tips for people and organisations at the forefront of local responses.
The release of the blueprint coincides with the recent announcement by the Federal Government of the Local Jobs Program and the formation of 25 Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces across the country.
We hope the blueprint and its supporting materials can help to make the Local Jobs Program and its Taskforces as effective as possible.
We will be continuing consultations with business, government, philanthropy, social services and others to ensure that it continues to be a valuable resource in achieving better outcomes for disadvantaged job seekers.
CPD, alongside organisations such as the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), have long been advocating for regionally tailored responses to be prioritised when it comes to tackling entrenched unemployment, most notably through our Cities and Settlement Initiative.
Much of the material in the blueprint has emerged from this three-year program focused on employment and settlement services for refugees and humanitarian migrants. It was through this initiative that the Centre for Policy Development created the Community Deals model, working closely with the City of Wyndham and other local communities with the support of the Myer Foundation, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, the Cameron Foundation, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and a group of volunteers from the Boston Consulting Group.
The blueprint itself was compiled by the Centre for Policy Development, with expert advice from Peter Fitzgerald (former Deputy Secretary, Victorian Department of Health & Human Services), Kerrin Benson (former CEO, Multicultural Australia) and James Flintoft (former CEO, Regional Development Victoria).
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