New Community Positions and the Local Solutions Fund
As part of the Better Futures, Local Solutions, new community positions have been introduced in 10 communities to:
- work with the community to set the strategic direction and priorities for the community
- lead the implementation and ongoing development of the local area by encouraging involvement and cooperation of key community partners. This includes the community and family support sectors, business and education sectors, and all levels of government, and
- build local expertise and establish a sense of ownership within the community for addressing local participation challenges
This is a place based approach that supports community partners to work together to address local participation challenges. Communities are well positioned to identify and resolve many of their own participation needs. This approach helps to achieve that aim by using local expertise and information to improve services for the community.
The community positions include a Government Action Leader, Community Action Leader and a Local Advisory Group in each of the 10 communities. They are working with community partners to identify and develop innovative local initiatives to boost social education and employment participation.
A Local Solutions Fund is also available and provides funding for innovative and creative solutions to increase social and economic participation by supporting projects designed for the local community.
What’s Happening Now?
Action Leaders have been letting their community know about Better Futures, Local Solutions. They have been working to link community partners and services.
Local Advisory Groups have been working with their community to identify priorities and activities to increase education and job opportunities.
The Action Leaders and Local Advisory Groups are successfully connecting community partners with one another. Information sharing is increasing which is enabling each community to grow and local innovative ideas are being realised.
Government Action Leaders, Community Action Leaders and Local Advisory Groups continue to work with community partners to explore new and effective ways of improving pathways to education and employment.
They support their local community by:
- distributing information to community partners about Better Futures, Local Solutions
- leading the place based approach by encouraging community partners’ involvement in addressing local priorities
- identifying and promoting partnership opportunities between community partners and government
- guiding and supporting the linking of services and development of sustainable solutions that address local priorities
- building community capacity, addressing service delivery gaps, and preparing the community for future Local Solutions Fund rounds
- assisting successful applicants in developing and delivering Local Solution Fund projects in a linked-up and sustainable way
If you are from the community and family support sector, business or education sector, government, or a citizen passionate about your community, then you are part of this initiative.
Your Government Action Leader, Community Action Leader and Local Advisory Group want to hear your thoughts, feedback and suggestions for improving, coordinating and integrating initiatives and services across your community.
This is a great opportunity for you to get involved and support your community in addressing local employment and education needs. For more information and Action Leader contact details, visit the community pages below:
- Bankstown, New South Wales
- Shellharbour, New South Wales
- Wyong, New South Wales
- Hume, Victoria
- Greater Shepparton, Victoria
- Logan, Queensland
- Rockhampton, Queensland
- Playford, South Australia
- Kwinana, Western Australia
- Burnie, Tasmania
Local Solutions Fund Projects
77 Local Solutions Fund projects have been funded across the 10 Better Futures, Local Solutions communities. Many of these focus on:
- supporting youth to help them transition from school into work
- providing education programs and mentoring
- improving access to community support services, and
- helping jobless families overcome the barriers preventing them from getting work
The projects that have received funding are currently small projects based on big ideas put forward by each local community. These projects are being trialled and tested to see if they can be part of the solution that reduces welfare dependency and intergenerational unemployment.
Visit the community pages to see which projects were funded under round 2.
National Place Based Advisory Group
The National Place Based Advisory Group provides advice to the Minister for Human Services on initiatives that support the development of effective local solutions to achieve social and economic participation outcomes, with a particular focus on the very long-term unemployed, jobless families and young parents.
Members are drawn from business, academia and the not-for-profit sectors.
- Mr Tony Nicholson – Executive Director, The Brotherhood of St Laurence
- Ms Catriona Noble – Chief Executive Officer, McDonalds Australia
- Professor Mark Considine – Dean of Arts, University of Melbourne
- Mr David Thompson – Chief Executive Officer, Jobs Australia
- Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds – National Director, Uniting Care Australia
- Ms Narelle Clay – Chief Executive Officer, Southern Youth and Family Services
- Ms Deborah Nelson – Managing Director, Yarn’n Aboriginal Employment Services
- Mr Adrian Beresford-Wylie – Chief Executive, Australian Local Government Association
- Ms Gill Callister – Secretary, Victorian Department of Human Services
- Mr Barry Sandison – Deputy Secretary, Australian Government Department of Human Services
- Mr Phillip Butler – Director, Textor Technologies Pty Ltd
National Place Based Advisory Group Terms of Reference
National Place Based Advisory Group Communiqué
- Communiqué from meeting, 21 August 2013
- Communiqué from meeting, 29 May 2013
- Communiqué from meeting, 20 February 2013
- Communiqué from meeting, 22 August 2012
- Communiqué from meeting, 23 May 2012
- Communiqué from meeting, 15 November 2011
- Communiqué from meeting, 19 September 2011
- Local Solutions Fund
- The new community positions and the Local Solutions Fund were announced in the 2012-13 Federal Government Budget as Community Innovation through Collaboration. The initiative forms part of the Australian Government’s Building Australia’s Future Workforce initiative
- Visit the Better Futures, Local Solutions web page to see what other measures are being undertaken
- Action Leader contact details are available on the community pages
Better Futures, Local Solutions Measures
Other Related Initiatives
- Case Coordination
- Local Connections to Work
- Jobs and Skills Expos
- Regional Education Skills and Job Plans
- Job Services Australia Demonstration Pilots
- Youth Connections
- Connections Interviews
- Priority Employment Areas and Local Employment Coordinators
- Communities for Children
- DEEWR Skill Shortages
- DEEWR Support for Employers to build a Diverse Workforce