150 new jobs available for unemployed Canberrans

Dominic Giannini 21 April 2020 12
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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says 150 new jobs have been created under the recently announced ‘Jobs for Canberrans’ fund. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The ACT Government has created 150 new jobs in the territory’s public sector through its $20 million ‘Jobs for Canberrans’ fund. The fund will employ casuals and other people who have lost their job because of COVID-19.

It’s designed to catch employees who have fallen through the cracks in Federal Government programs and are not eligible for the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper fund, such as casual employees who were employed for less than a year in their role, as well as certain visa classes.

The new jobs include customer service roles at Access Canberra, city cleaning, garden and tree maintenance, environmental recovery in Namadgi and other administrative support roles.

Around 30 jobs in the first round are cleaning roles with Transport Canberra buses.

The workers have been employed on temporary, casual contracts for an initial period of six months.

“The ACT Government will work with businesses, employee representatives and community services organisations to target those people who are most in need,” a government spokesperson said.

“As part of the fund, directorates will also be seeking to upskill workers engaged using internal programs, partnering with the Canberra Institute of Technology.

“This will include a mix of both accredited and non-accredited training.”

Full-time roles in an expanding health sector are also available, with dozens of permanent and fixed-term positions open to applicants through Canberra Health Services and Calvary public health care.

Roles at the ACT Integrity Commission, Education Directorate, Justice and Community Safety Directorate, Transport Canberra and the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate are also up for grabs.

Those seeking short term/casual employment are encouraged to check their eligibility for this fund and register their interest via the Casual Jobs Register.

For more details on the Jobs for Canberrans fund, including eligibility, please visit www.jobs.act.gov.au.


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12 Responses to 150 new jobs available for unemployed Canberrans
rsm1105 rsm1105 12:49 pm 21 Apr 20

Only 3,499,850 ‘green jobs’ to go and we should be sorted…

Leigh Brady Leigh Brady 6:58 pm 20 Apr 20

Fantastic. I’m so glad we have this lot in charge locally, I dread the thought of the mismanagement that would have occurred with the other mob in charge.

Proof again that the world needs socialism.

Tammy Britt Welsh Tammy Britt Welsh 1:24 pm 20 Apr 20

Great work

Daniel Oyston Daniel Oyston 11:56 am 20 Apr 20

$20 mill for 150 jobs? Over how long? Because that’s $130k + a year per person!

    Mazzie Woodward Mazzie Woodward 12:42 pm 20 Apr 20

    Daniel Oyston exactly! More detail required on this one...

    Linda Johnston Linda Johnston 12:48 pm 20 Apr 20

    Will include things such as recruitment costs, payroll, and possibly some training and protective clothing. The budget is to cover all costs, not just salary.

    Daniel Oyston Daniel Oyston 1:08 pm 20 Apr 20

    Linda Johnston still ...

    Ruth Brown Ruth Brown 1:30 pm 20 Apr 20

    Daniel Oyston you obviously haven't seen the cost of worker's comp insurance, especially for some of the high-risk jobs being suggested (environmental recovery in Namadgi, tree maintenance). To give you a bit of any idea, four years ago my husband and I were looking at $6000 for one year's workers comp insurance for two people in a picture framing/retail business. Some risk involved in cutting and nailing frames, but not as much as handling tools involved in tree maintenance. Multiply by 75 to cover 150 new workers and there's almost half a mil gone already - more with inflation!

    Most of these jobs will require equipment as well - garden tools & maybe a bobcat for parks & garden maintenance plus something to transport them in (seen the price of a 3 or 4 tonne truck lately?), computers & additional software licences for admin & customer service work, etc.

    Then of course there's the little matter of supplies - it's a bit hard to do garden work when you've got nothing to plant & no mulch or fertiliser to spread. An extra person to process the extra payroll odds & ends...

    There's a lot of costs in on-costs.

    Daniel Oyston Daniel Oyston 1:36 pm 20 Apr 20

    Ruth Brown No, I haven't seen the cost of worker's comp ... obviously. Hence why I am asking questions. How mch would it cost?

    Natalie Roseworn Natalie Roseworn 3:32 pm 20 Apr 20

    Daniel Oyston she has literally just told you what it costs in her comment.

    Daniel Oyston Daniel Oyston 4:00 pm 20 Apr 20

    Natalie Roseworn oh, the comment didn't have 'read more' before

    Rodney TatStan Rodney TatStan 7:25 pm 20 Apr 20

    'On cost' would be about 65k annually per person including all the bits.

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