Australia’s employment services have been praised in a new report, which described the country as a world leader for creating jobs.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) research found the nation’s participation programs are helping Australia sustain high employment rates among G7 and G20 countries.
Kate Ellis, minister for employment participation, said the federal government has made reforms aimed at boosting the number of Australians in work.
“This latest research by the OECD confirms our $10 billion investment into our employment services is delivering returns for our economy,” she stated.
According to Ms Ellis, there has also been a real drive to put some of the most disadvantaged Australians in work.
For example, the Queensland government recently announced it will be boosting indigenous employment levels through a new education plan that will be released next year.
“The Australian government’s key priority is supporting jobs for Australians – since coming into government we have created more than 840,000 jobs,” Ms Ellis said.
She also announced the launch of a new ‘Employment Services – Building on Success’ issues paper that will put forward a framework for improving participation beyond 2015.
The document will cover reducing red tape, working more with employers to create opportunities and forging stronger partnerships with other services.