Government initiatives

baylink

A facility in the Eurobodalla Shire, baylink brings together Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support, CRS Australia and Australian Hearing services alongside Australian and state government agencies and community organisations all in one single location.

Better Futures, Local Solutions

Better Futures, Local Solutions is a place based initiative that helps community partners to work together to address local participation challenges. 

New community positions and the Local Solutions Fund

As part of Better Futures, Local Solutions, new community positions and the Local Solutions Fund have been introduced in 10 communities to support community partners in working together to identify and resolve many of their own participation needs. This initiative helps communities to make the best use of local expertise and information to improve services for the community.

Building Australia's Future Workforce

Building Australia’s Future Workforce package, announced in the 2011–12 Federal Budget, is about providing greater opportunities for Australians to develop their skills, train and get into the workforce.

Carbon pricing initiative

The plan for a Clean Energy Future has been announced, including household assistance in relation to the proposed Carbon Pricing initiative. The Government has also announced that assistance will be available to eligible customers from May 2012. There is nothing you need to do at this time. To find out more information or to use the household assistance estimator visit the Clean Energy Future website or call the Clean Energy Future hotline on 1800057590.

Human Services Delivery Research Alliance

In 2009, Centrelink and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) partnered to form the five-year Human Services Delivery Research Alliance (HSDRA) aimed at transforming government service delivery.

Using innovative technologies and practices, the HSDRA aims to increase the efficiency of government services, create options for future service delivery and help government to build better relationships with customers.

Independent review of the Centrepay system

An independent review will commence into the operations of Centrepay, the bill-paying service for people receiving a Centrelink payment.

NBN Service Delivery Pilot

The Australian Government has announced a high-definition video conferencing pilot that will improve people’s access to the department’s services via the National Broadband Network (NBN), as part of the National Digital Economy Strategy.

School Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM)

The School Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM) aims to improve school enrolment and attendance rates of children in the Northern Territory.

Under SEAM, parents are required to enrol any school-aged children under their care in school and make sure that they attend school every day, or their payments may be stopped.

Social Inclusion Week

Social Inclusion Week takes place from 24 November to 2 December 2012. It's a great chance for everyone to connect with their local community and strengthen relationships with workmates, family and friends. It's also a time to recognise and support people who may be unable to help themselves.

Strengthening Immunisation for Children

From 1 July 2012 the Maternity Immunisation Allowance will cease and eligibility for the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement will be linked to your child's immunisation requirements as part of these changes.

Supporting Jobless Families

The Supporting Jobless Families measure was introduced in the 2011-12 Budget as part of the Building Australia’s Future Workforce package.

Tasmanian Forests Agreement

The Prime Minister and the Tasmanian Premier have announced a $276 million intergovernmental agreement designed to support the Tasmanian forest industry to progressively transition to a more sustainable and diversified footing and to build regional economic diversity and community resilience.

The package includes up front funding of up to $25 million for immediate employment and training support for redundant forest workers as well as intensive and accelerated support through Job Services Australia and other providers.

Tasmanian forest industry workers can call the Tasmanian Forest Support Information Line on 1800 648 075 for more information about the services and payments that may be available to them.

The agreement also includes:

  • $85 million to support contractors and their families affected by the downturn in the industry, and in particular Gunns Limited’s decision to exit native forest harvesting
  • $43 million to facilitate protection of new areas of high conservation value forests
  • $120 million over 15 years, including an initial payment of $20 million to identify and fund appropriate regional development projects
  • $7 million per annum ongoing to manage new reserves

More information

  • Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website - Tasmanian Forests