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AUS: Return To Work Programme, Draft Tender

MEDIA RELEASE

Minister for Employment Services

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

1 August 1999

Return To Work Programme - Draft Tender Advertised

The Minister for Employment Services, Mr Tony Abbott, has released the exposure draft of the Request for Tender for the new Return to Work programme.

Announcing the release of the draft tender for public comment, Mr Abbott said that the Return to Work Programme will deliver advice and training assistance to people who have been out of the workforce for two years or more to care for children, aged or sick relatives, or family members with a disability.

Mr Abbott said Return to Work will provide individual and flexible help in areas such as skills assessments, career and training plans, familiarisation with information technology, and help with access to and purchase of training.

"Our intention is to support care givers who have decided they want to return to the workforce but need help to do so," Mr Abbott said.

The Return to Work programme is part of the Federal Government's commitment to women. It will target those returning to the workforce who are not eligible for assistance under other programmes such as Intensive Assistance under Job Network, or Centrelink's Jobs, Education and Training.

The Government intends to appoint a national Managing Agent or a Managing Agent for each State/Territory for the programme. For a copy of the Exposure Draft please call 1300 363 037 (business hours) or access DEWRSB's Internet home page at http://www.dewrsb.gov.au.

"I invite comment on the Exposure Draft. Responses can be emailed to return2work@dewrsb.gov.au or mailed to Exposure Draft: Return to Work, DEWRSB, Locked Bag 8770, Canberra City ACT 2601 or contact 1300 363 037 by no later than 13 August 1999."

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