DEEWR Update

Regional Education, Skills and Jobs
RESJ Rover Ipswich and West Moreton / Moreton Bay

Regional Education Skills and Jobs plans for the Ipswich and West Moreton Region, and Moreton Bay Region can be downloaded from this DEEWR website, along with plans for other non-metropolitan Regional Development Australia regions across Australia.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Better Business Event – The World Was Never Going To Be The Same Again!
George Negus, journalist, television presenter and author will share some of his famous interviews and experiences.  He will also touch on how much of what we take for granted has changed in business and in everyday life.  A not to be missed event.  The presentation will be at the Arana Leagues Club, 274 Dawson Parade, Arana Hills (Keperra) on Friday, 16 November 2012 at 11.45am to 2pm.  Cost is $65 and includes a 2 course lunch).  Bookings can be made online at – www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/business-events  or contact council on 3205 0555.

This week’s headlines:
2011 -2012 DEEWR Annual Report
Funding announcement: 2012 E-learning content development to support equity in VET
New grants support smarter energy use across the community for a clean energy future
AsiaBound Grants Program
Become a Partners in Recovery (PIR) Organisation
Indigenous Community Links (ICL)
Remote Indigenous Professional Development Project
Institute of Koorie Education – Offers a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education commencing in 2013
Living Longer Living Better – Workforce
A Picture of Australia’s Children 2012
New Apple Application for Job Seekers
Regional data added to myregion.gov.au
Podcast: Interview with Roger Harris & Michele Simons – Two Sides of the same coin: Leaders in private providers juggling educational and business imperatives
Asian Century Business Engagement Plan
Social Inclusion Week 24/11 – 02/12/2012
Announcement of Disability Employment Services Tender Reports
Regional Australia Institute (RAI) Regional Knowledge Base

2011 -2012 DEEWR Annual Report
DEEWR’s annual report has been released and refers to how the Department is supporting regional Australia. The Regional Education, Skills and Jobs Plans initiative is mentioned on pages 12 and 123
For the full report visit:  http://www.deewr.gov.au/Department/AnnualReport/Documents/DEEWRAnnualReport_2011_12_FullVersion.pdf

Funding announcement: 2012 E-learning content development to support equity in VET
The National VET E-learning Strategy is seeking expressions of interest for funding of up to $25,000 for the development of e-learning content which supports learners who have experienced disadvantage in learning and employment. Expressions of interest must be lodged by 5pm (EDT) Friday 23 November 2012.
For more information visit: http://flexenews.flexiblelearning.net.au/pub/pubType/EL/pubID/zzzz508885e7a6c4f906/nc/zzzz508     8b539b2d79423/interface.html

New grants support smarter energy use across the community for a clean energy future
New funding rounds have been announced for three energy efficiency grant programs to drive smarter energy use in business, local government, households and communities.
A second round of grants is now being offered in the following programs:
•    the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) – a $200 million program to help local government and not-for-profit community organisations undertake energy efficiency upgrades to community infrastructure such as council buildings and recreation centres;
•    the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) – a $100 million program to demonstrate smarter energy use and provide practical advice and assistance to low income households across Australia;
•    Energy Efficiency Information Grants (EEIG) – a $40 million program to support small to medium-sized businesses and community groups, by providing tailored information and advice on saving energy and cutting costs with smarter energy choices
Program opening and closing dates:
•    Community Energy Efficiency Program – 30/10/12 – 7/02/13
•    Low Income Energy Efficiency Program – 30/10/12 – 13/12/12
•    Energy Efficiency Information Grants – 30/10/12 – 20/12/12
For more information visit: http://www.climatechange.gov.au/media/whats-new/eeg.aspx

AsiaBound Grants Program
The Australian Government’s new $37 million AsiaBound Grants Program will offer grants between $2000 and $5000 for students undertaking short or semester length study exchanges, and $1000 grants for preparatory Asian language study.
In addition, eligibility for the Commonwealth’s OS-HELP loan scheme will be broadened and simplified to give more students access to increased loan amounts, as well as an extra $1000 for intensive language training.
For more information visit: http://minister.innovation.gov.au/chrisevans/mediareleases/pages/morethan10000australianstudentsasiabound.aspx

Become a Partners in Recovery (PIR) Organisation
The Department of Health and Ageing has released an invitation to apply (ITA) for funding to engage PIR organisations as part of the Partners in Recovery: coordinated support and flexible funding for people with severe, persistent mental illness and complex needs initiative. The ITA will close at 2pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday 18 December 2012.
For more information, visit http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-pir-ita

Indigenous Community Links (ICL)
From July this year, the Australian Government will invest $42 million over three years for Indigenous Community Links (formerly known as Community Support Service) to support Indigenous community members and their families living in urban and regional areas.
The program is designed to support Indigenous community members and their families, by providing links and referrals to a range of mainstream and Indigenous services, such as welfare and social support, employment, family violence, health (including drug and alcohol services), legal, child care and housing.  Services also encourage the development and fostering of relationships with other service providers by promoting access and pathways to their services, including through the provision of Internet access.
For more information visit: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/our-responsibilities/indigenous-australians/programs-services/communities-regions/indigenous-community-links-icl

Remote Indigenous Professional Development Project
A Remote Indigenous Professional Development Package has been developed to support locally-engaged staff in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood services, to interpret and implement the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
The EYLF is a guide for early childhood educators who work with children from birth to five years.
It helps educators to develop early learning programs that are responsive to children’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities in the context of their families and communities.
For more information visit: http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=911
Institute of Koorie Education – Offers a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education commencing in 2013
Enrolment in Deakin’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (E330) is available for the first time to Year 12 applicants and via Your Doorstep which gives students in rural and regional areas greater access to higher education.

The course teaches students to apply an understanding of child development, curriculum theories and pedagogies in designing and implementing child-centred, play-based and developmentally appropriate programs in childcare, preschool and school contexts. Students also learn to identify and respond positively to contemporary issues and the changing work context within early childhood and primary education.

For more information visit: http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=912

Living Longer Living Better – Workforce
The Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package provides $3.7 billion over five years. The reform aims to create a flexible and seamless system that provides older Australians with more choice, control and easier access to a full range of services, where they want it and when they need it.
The reforms give priority to providing more support and care in the home, better access to residential care, more support for those with dementia and strengthening the aged care workforce.
For more information visit: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-aged-care-review-measures-living.htm

A Picture of Australia’s Children 2012
This report provides the latest information on how Australia is faring according to key indicators of child health, development, and wellbeing.
Deaths rates for infants and children have declined since 1986, rates of risky drinking and smoking among children aged 12-14 are down, and most children achieve above the minimum standards for reading and numeracy. But there is still room for improvement. Almost one-quarter of children are developmentally vulnerable at school entry, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children in socioeconomic disadvantaged areas are likely to fare worse across a broad range of indicators
For the full report visit: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737423343

New Apple Application for Job Seekers
Thousands more Australian job seekers will now be able to complete government business “on the go” thanks to the release of the Express Plus Job Seekers app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, available now from the App Store.  The new Express Plus Job Seekers app will make life easier for thousands of job seekers who receive Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance or Parenting Payment.
Job seekers must be registered for online services in order to access the app.
To register for Centrelink Online Services and to find out more about Express Plus Job Seekers, go to humanservices.gov.au/expressplus.

Regional data added to myregion.gov.au
A range of social and economic data to assist businesses and communities across Australia is now available in one central location at myregion.gov.au
Information can now be accessed by Australia’s 55 Regional Development Australia boundaries, relating to:
•    employment
•    education
•    local economy
•    population growth
•    income
•    housing
•    Internet connectivity.
The data will assist individuals, businesses and communities to understand regional circumstances and to support planning and development initiatives.
To find your region’s data visit the myregion website.

Podcast: Interview with Roger Harris & Michele Simons – Two Sides of the same coin: Leaders in private providers juggling educational and business imperatives
In this phone interview, Roger Harris and Michele Simons talk about how leaders in private providers juggle the educational and business imperatives of their organisation. Based on interviews with staff from private providers they find that leadership is shaped by the structures and cultures of the organisation in which it is located, including the state of the business and its competitive position with other providers.
For more information visit: http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2574.html

Asian Century Business Engagement Plan
A $6 million grants scheme to boost business organisations links into Asia has recently been announced.  Under the Engagement Plan, grants will be allocated over four years to business organisations for projects that assist Australian companies to sell into Asia’s growing middle class markets and to participate in regional value chains.
Austrade will administer the program and provide support through its Asian network of offices
For more information visit: http://www.trademinister.gov.au/releases/2012/ce_mr_121028a.html

Social Inclusion Week 24/11 – 02/12/2012
The theme for Social Inclusion Week 2012 is Collaborate, Connect and Celebrate with a focus on mental health and engaging older Australians.
Social Inclusion Week is about encouraging communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all cultures, age groups, nationalities and the disadvantaged. Social Inclusion Week aims to help Australians feel valued and to give people the opportunity to participate in society.  It’s about connecting with local communities, work mates, family and friends to build relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable help themselves.
For more information, ideas for events and to register your event go to the Social Inclusion Week website.

Announcement of Disability Employment Services Tender Reports
Results for the recent tender have been announced. The Disability Employment Service Employment Support Service 2013-2018 will commence on the 4th of March 2013
For more information visit: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/EmploymentServicesProcurement/Pages/DESESSRFT.aspx
Regional Australia Institute (RAI) Regional Knowledge Base
RAI’s Regional Knowledge Base – an online data base of the 1500 most important regional research reports and 281 data sets on regional Australia – is now available online for anyone involved in regional development to use.
The Regional Knowledge Base makes it easy to access the knowledge we have already on regional issues. It will be a valuable tool for anyone involved in regional development issues. RAI will maintain this resource over time so that it is no longer so difficult to access the diversity of research on regional issues.
To view the Regional Knowledge Base, visit http://www.regionalaustralia.org.au/regional-knowledge-base

The RESJ Rover is an e-newsletter developed under the Regional Education Skills and Jobs (RESJ) Initiative.  You have received this email as a result of having had some contact with the RESJ Coordinator for the Ipswich & West Moreton or Moreton Bay regions, or by being an education or employment service in these regions.

If you do not wish to receive this email, know somebody who might be interested in also receiving this email, have any feedback, or would like to use this email to promote education skills and jobs services relevant to the Ipswich & West Moreton or Moreton Bay regions, please contact david.murphy@deewr.gov.au.

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