Labor wants to get more Australians working. Around Australia many communities continue to face unacceptably high levels of unemployment, along with the poverty and disadvantage this brings.
After 25 years of economic growth, it isn’t good enough that these issues persist in some parts of Australia while our country continues to grow more prosperous overall.
Labor wants to ensure that no matter where you live, you have the same opportunities for a good job and a decent life as any other Australian.
This is critical if we are to stem the growing tide of inequality and ensure every Australian can reach their full potential.
That is why a Shorten Labor Government will introduce Local Jobs for Local People – a program to help connect people in disadvantaged communities with work and training, while also tackling the complex social and local issues that keep Australians out of the workforce.
The program will bring together employers, unions, job service providers, training organisations and community leaders to find solutions that recognise and tackle the individual challenges local communities face in getting their people into work, and keeping them there.
Local Jobs for Local People will operate in up to 20 communities across Australia – areas with high employment needs and other challenges such as low educational attainment or multigenerational disadvantage.