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A jobs and skills taskforce will be established in Gippsland to help people get into paid employment.

Local MP Darren Chester said Gippsland was one of 25 regions across Australia where a taskforce would be set up.

“This new taskforce will support our region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus, the summer bushfires and the drought,” Mr Chester said.

“The group will comprise of Gippslanders who will be able to draw on their local experience and knowledge to help job seekers to return to paid employment and reboot our region’s economy.”

Mr Chester said the establishment of the jobs and skills taskforce was part of the Federal Government’s $62.8 million Local Jobs Program to help Australians return to work.

“The role of the local jobs and skills taskforce is to help connect job seekers to local training, employment opportunities and other support,” Mr Chester said.

“Taskforce members will be people who want to make a difference in the lives of their fellow Australians and are passionate locals who want to help their community.”

The taskforce will have a maximum of 10 members and be chaired by the Gippsland Employment Facilitator. Expressions of interest are now open to become a member.

Members will be representative of the local region, with consideration given to nominees with experience in upskilling, reskilling and local economic development. Successful candidates may represent employers, training organisations, employment service providers, local and state government, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and other local organisations.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said tailoring solutions specific to local areas was vital to helping regions recover.

“Local communities and small and family businesses know what works best for them,” Minister Cash said.

“Taskforces will bring together the expertise of local employers, employment and training providers and other local stakeholders, to develop projects purpose-fit for local jobs.

“Importantly, each taskforce will maximise opportunities to move people back into work and reskill or upskill to meet employer needs.”

Expressions of interest close on October 6, 2020. To apply, visit


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