Local Connections to Work program
The Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board, Ms Patricia Faulkner AO and Board member,
Dr Jeff Harmer, visited Centrelink at Campsie on 22 August 2011 to talk with staff about the Local Connections to Work program.
- Picture above - From L to R (back row): Rick Dingle (Team Leader, Campsie), Trevor Romer (Region Manager), Dr Jeff Harmer (ASIB), Bill Hyde (Local Connections to Work).
- Picture above - From L to R (front row): Novella Cleverly (Department of Housing), Mina Sclavos-Caterjian (Local Connections to Work), Patricia Faulkner (ASIB), Penny Damianakis and Judy Lee.
The Department of Human Services and Centrelink are taking new approach to helping job seekers in the Local Connections to Work program which tailors assistance to meet the needs of people such as the long-term unemployed, disadvantaged youth, and their families.
Centrelink brings together a range of community partners so that customers can conveniently talk with providers to get the assistance they need.
Disadvantaged job seekers have joint meetings with Centrelink and their Employment Services Provider to identify their needs and quickly link them to the right supports, so they only need to tell their story once.
Staff are enjoying being able to spend more time with vulnerable and disadvantaged customers and having the opportunity to assist them get the help they need to find a job, housing and contribute to their community.
- Picture above: Ms Patricia Faulkner and Dr Jeff Harmer browsing the information portal at Centrelink, Campsie.