Closing the Gap — Employment Services — additional funding - Budget 2017-18

This Closing the Gap measure extends the Transition to Work program and provides access to in-prison employment services.

Information update: This Budget measure is not subject to the passage of legislation.
 

Mentoring and support for Indigenous youth

Description of Measure

This measure extends the Transition to Work program to all Indigenous Youth aged 15 to 21 years. Indigenous Youth can stay in the program until they are 22 years old.

The measure increases young Indigenous Australians’ access to mentoring support, in order to help them find employment.

This includes Indigenous job seekers who have completed Year 12. This measure will increase their skills to find employment.

Questions and answers

Whom does this measure affect?

This measure affects Indigenous Australians receiving Youth Allowance (other), Special Benefit, Parenting Payment Single or Disability Support Pension.

What date will this measure start and finish?

The measure starts 1 January 2018 and is ongoing.

Prison to work

Description of Measure

This measure will provide all Indigenous prisoners with access to in-prison employment services.

Prison to Work is a voluntary program accessible to all Indigenous prisoners three to six months before their release from prison.

Eligible prisoners will be offered employment assistance by selected providers to help them prepare for post-release employment.

As part of this measure, providers will also develop a transition plan to support the prisoner once released. The transition plan will:

  • address identified barriers
  • connect participants with local services such as health care and housing, and
  • support participants to successfully prepare for employment.

Questions and answers

Whom does this measure affect?

This measure affects Indigenous prisoners who want to take part in the Prison to Work program.

What date will this measure start and finish?

The measure will start on 1 January 2018 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017