The family-centred employment project aims to help local jobless families move into education and employment via scoping, service mapping, and community engagement. It was implemented in three test sites, namely Broadmeadows (Vic), Goodna (Qld), and Mansfield Park (SA).
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Problems and Purpose
The project involves scoping, service mapping and community engagement in 3 locations to identify barriers to the integrated delivery of assistance to help jobless families at the local level. It is designed to assist jobless families to move into education and employment. The demonstration project will be implemented in three specific sites - Broadmeadows (Vic), Goodna (Qld) and Mansfield Park (SA). The objective of the project is to test integrated family-centred service delivery models for participating families.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
A key aspect of the project is that the approach focuses on the needs of the family unit (not an individualised approach as is used by employment services providers and in relation to income support participation requirements) to explore barriers to inclusion and paid employment, such as educational attainment; housing stability; health or disability related problems, childcare, transport and motivation. The community engagement phase includes consultations with families, community stakeholders, local and state government, NGOs, employers and local service providers (e.g. Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLNP) services, family support, mental health, migrant resource, transport and childcare providers). This gives a range of perspectives on barriers to inclusion of disadvantaged groups.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
Project overview from the Australian Department of Employment https://www.employment.gov.au/family-centred-employment-project [dead link]
Australian Government Department of Employment: https://www.jobs.gov.au/annual-report-2013-14/programme-11-employment-services
Social Issues Policy Snapshot - Family Joblessness and Pathways to Employment: http://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=b75223ed-4807-4e7d-8f27-354b3736233b
Life Around Here: https://aifs.gov.au/publications/life-around-here/export
DEEWR Budget Statement: https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/portfolio_budget_statements_201011_outcome_4_enhanced_employability_and_acquisition_of_labour_market_skills_20100511.pdf
The original version of this case study first appeared on Vitalizing Democracy in 2010 and was a contestant for the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize. It was originally submitted by Andreas Hoffelder.