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Belyuen Community Government Council annual report 2018-19



Belyuen Community Government Council annual report 2018-19


Belyuen Community Government Council


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Belyuen Community Government Council Annual Report 2018-2019 16 | P a g e Strategy 3 Council will help support and create local jobs Council continues to support local employment in all workplaces. 2018-2019 Council employed 35 community people or 77.8% of the total workforce were community Indigenous people. This percentage being slightly higher than the previous year of 74.14% The increase is due to the Sport and Recreation staff who are all local people. Council tries to be adaptable to peoples personal situation/needs in terms of hours of work and number of days per week. This will generally mean that in a programme such as aged care there are more staff on the books than budgeted for. If someone is away for more than one day then the Aged Care Director will offer casual work to someone else. There are requirements such as Police Checks before anyone can work in aged care. Council encourages people to request Ironbark Employment services to obtain Police Checks, Working with Children Cards and Birth Certificates so that they are ready to take up an offer of some casual work. This is not always a straight forward process. With the Federal Governments Working with Vulnerable Persons requirements Council has to make sure that everyone employed has a Police Check and Working with Childrens Card. Council is required to keep a registrar of Police Checks and Working with Childrens Cards Employment Agencies need to get these documents for all their clients in the community so they can access casual work when it is offered to them. This is all part of being Job Ready and what the Employment Agencies are funded to do. Part time work is playing a greater role in the Australian work force as the number of full time jobs has decreased, change in the nature of the workforce with a lot of people working split shifts, rosters, night work, FIFO as opposed to the 70s-80s of zero unemployment and largely Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Council would like to be able to give employment to everyone in the community that wants to work. In the period of CDEP Council often made request to the Federal Government to be allowed to run the CDEP Programme so they could better transition people from CDEP to Council paid work. The Federal Government at the time would not support Councils request as they had a policy of being regional focussed. There are not many programmes that this concept is of benefit to Indigenous communities. It is generally of benefit to the organisation that has the contract that is based outside the community. In the top end this is generally Darwin. With the scrapping of CDEP and the change to Work for Dole with very severe penalties (such as eight week suspension of Newstart money which = eight weeks of

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