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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 approach that helps community partners to work together to address local participation challenges.

New community positions and the Local Solutions Fund

As part of the Better Futures, Local Solutions initiative, A Local Solutions Fund provides funding for innovative and creative solutions to increase social and economic participation by supporting projects designed for the local 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 1800 057 590.

Dad and Partner Pay

The Paid Parental Leave scheme will be expanded with a new payment for dads and other eligible partners from 1 January 2013.

Healthy Start for School

Healthy Start for School was introduced by the government to help make sure that children are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.

If you and/or your partner receive an income support payment at any time during the financial year in which your child turns four, your child is required to undergo a relevant health check. If the health check is not completed, part or all of your Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement for your child will be withheld.

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.

Review of student income support reforms

On 14 September 2011 the Government announced its response to the review of student income support reforms. The report of the review was tabled in parliament on 14 September 2011.

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.

School is important for children. Children learn to read, write and count at school. This will help them make good decisions and give them access to better opportunities when they grow up.

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.

You may be affected by SEAM if you:

  • receive a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs payment
  • live in a SEAM location, and
  • care for a school-aged child.

There are two components to SEAM - enrolment and attendance.

If you have any questions about SEAM, call us on 136 150 or go to one of our Service Centres.

For more information visit the DEEWR website.

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.

Support for BlueScope Steel workers

The Australian Government is providing a package of support for redundant BlueScope steel workers to ensure they get help to access training and employment support.

The package provides up to $10 million over two years to support redundant steel workers in the Illawarra, New South Wales and Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

As part of the package, any workers who are made redundant will be eligible for immediate, intensive employment support with a Job Services Australia provider of their choice.

BlueScope Steel workers can call the BlueScope Steel Support Hotline on 1800 107 233 for more information about the services and payments that may be available to them.

The package also includes:

  • Provision for BlueScope to bring forward up to $100 million of payments under the Government’s Steel Transformation Plan.
  • A $30 million Investment and Innovation Fund to support new business ventures and create innovative, high-skilled jobs, predominantly in manufacturing and manufacturing services in the Illawarra.
  • The appointment of Dr Don Russell, Secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, to lead a whole-of-Government response to the BlueScope announcement and to work with local stakeholders on a coordinated structural adjustment strategy for the region.

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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.

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