ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Media release: New ACT Government job targets welcomed

27 July 2018

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) has welcomed the announcement that the ACT Government is including employment targets for groups facing barriers to employment in its new contracts to provide maintenance to public housing properties across the city.

According to the ACT Government’s announcement today, the new contract arrangement will engage with local communities to develop long term, meaningful and sustainable employment and talent development opportunities for local people, with minimum targets for specific cohorts including public housing tenants themselves, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

ACTCOSS Director Susan Helyar said, “This is a practical example of the ACT Government social procurement policy which can deliver improved employment outcomes for people with barriers to employment. We welcome this announcement by Minister Berry.

“The ACTCOSS submissions to the inquiry into the extent, nature and consequence of insecure work in the ACT and the Secure Local Jobs Package identified groups most at risk of insecure employment, including: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people; carers; lone parents; people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; people involved in the justice system; people on low income; people with disability; people working in the community services, hospitality, and construction industries; women; working visa holders and young people.

“We stressed that the ACT Government has a key role to play in terms of its own employment practices, providing an example of best practice, and influencing the practices of private sector employers including through targets.

“Our submission to the inquiry on disability employment specifically recommended that the ACT Government should preference private businesses and not-for-profit organisations who employ people with a disability in open employment at Award wages through social procurement practice.

“Going forward, the test of these targets will be the line of sight to outcomes. We would like to see transparency in reporting on these targets including, but not limited to: de-identified information on the numbers of people employed with barriers to employment; the level and security of their roles; and the number of people with disability in Award waged open employment.

“We congratulate Minister Berry on today’s important announcements.”

For more information or comment please contact
Susan Helyar, Director, on 0448 791 987 or 02 6202 7200.