More Jobs for Canberrans as Fund extended

Released 01/09/2020 - Joint media release

The ACT Government has reached an important milestone in the Jobs for Canberrans program with 500 Canberrans now in employment throughout the ACT public service.

These jobs are targeted at Canberrans who lost their job due to COVID-19 and are ineligible for the Commonwealth’s Jobkeeper program, including people who previously relied on casual employment, international visa holders and international students.

Following the success of the program, the Government has provided additional funding for the program, creating more temporary positions in the ACT public service to help more families during this time.

The Government is extending the program by a further $500,000.

Access Canberra will receive the funding with all roles to assist with increased service delivery for the local community.

As outlined in the ACT Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan last week, we will continue to create new jobs in our own public service workforce to help reach our target of 250,000 local jobs by 2025.

Our city relies on the services the Government provides, and now more than ever we need keep growing our capacity to support our community.

The new employees will add to the staff of the COVID-19 Helpline, providing front-line communications to Canberrans around COVID-19.

For more information on the fund, eligibility and how to apply, please visit:

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay

“The ACT Government is committed to protecting jobs and providing new work opportunities for Canberrans.

Access Canberra has played such a critical role for our community during COVID-19 and I’m pleased that the Jobs for Canberrans recruits have contributed so significantly.

In May, Access Canberra welcomed an extra 17 people into their team through the Jobs for Canberrans Fund. These people were quickly trained to help answer the calls of our community, process licences and registrations and help with many other administrative tasks on a daily basis.

This new funding will see the Access Canberra Jobs for Canberrans contingent grow to over 35.”

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