Statement by the Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson (30 June 2016):
In this year’s Budget, the Turnbull Government announced funding of $96.1 million for a Try, Test and Learn Fund to finance innovative policy interventions to help people find jobs and avoid getting trapped on welfare.
I believe that this is a great opportunity for the GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) project to address disadvantage in our region. If re-elected, I will be pushing very hard to secure funding for the GROW project from the Try, Test and Learn Fund.
Under the Try, Test and Learn Fund, the Department of Social Services will seek competitive evidence-based proposals for policy interventions from organisations such as G21. It is likely that applications under the Try, Test and Learn Fund will be open after the election later in 2016.
Very encouragingly, more local people in our region are entering the workforce with the local unemployment rate down 1.3% to 5.0% in May (rolling three month average). We are also seeing record job creation to 139,400 jobs with employment rising by 17,200 jobs or 12.3% across the Geelong region since September 2013 when the Coalition was elected (Labour force status by Region SA4, May 2016, ABS).
It is also very encouraging that there’s been a significant fall in the youth unemployment rate locally, down 6.3% to 12.7% in May over the last 12 months (rolling 12 month average).
This latest data demonstrates that the government’s strong economic plan is producing real dividends and coincides with Prime Minister Turnbull’s visit to the region last week when we announced a local $20 million Jobs and Investment Package for Geelong and Corangamite. But there is more hard work to be done which is why our government is delivering the $752m PaTH Youth Jobs Program to get many more young people into work.
Should I be re-elected, I look forward to fighting hard to ensure GROW secures Try Test and Learn funding to deliver its innovative model to combatting youth unemployment across our region.
Source: A media statement by Sarah Henderson, MP for Corangamite