13 October 2016
The Turnbull Government has invited Gold Coast community organisations to put forward innovative ways to help young people at risk of welfare dependency move into work.
Local MP Steven Ciobo said grant funding of up to $5 million is available under the second round of the Empowering YOUth Initiatives, with a focus on ensuring young Australians are job-ready.
“The Coalition recognises the best form of welfare government can provide is to fund initiatives that help people to find and keep a job,” Mr Ciobo said.
“Local community knowledge can be crucial to identifying ideas and initiatives that will assist young people in the community obtain gainful employment.
“We’re looking for ideas from Gold Coast organisations that break new ground and offer different approaches to those already available through existing employment services.”
The program aims to test organisations’ ideas to boost youth employment and will help develop, support and evaluate their projects.
The Australian Government will adopt a more targeted approach to sourcing provider initiatives in round two of Empowering YOUth Initiatives. It will:
- expand an organisation’s eligibility status to allow for all not-for-profit or non-government service providers to apply for funding. Successful initiatives will be identified through an expression of interest process.
- remove funding categories to allow applicants to advise of the cost of their project, up to $5 million
- limit applications to one application per organisation. This will encourage applicants to submit their best proposal and simplifies the assessment process.
Successful applicants for round two of Empowering YOUth Initiatives will be announced in February 2017. All initiatives are expected to commence by 30 June 2017.
For more information on round two of Empowering YOUth Initiatives, please visit: http://www.employment.gov.au/employment-services-procurement-information