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for internships by
youth job agency
By Genevieve Cooper
The Federal Government’s recently
announced youth employment package,
with its focus on internships, has been
cautiously welcomed by a local agency
working with young job seekers in the
Employment Options chief executive Lesley
Kennedy said it could be some time before
her agency and others would see how the
initiatives outlined in the $800m, four-year
Youth Jobs PaTH program would have an
impact in the region.
“Naturally we are pleased that the issue
of youth employment is being addressed by
the current Government, after service and
funding reductions in the earlier years of its
incumbency,” she said recently.
“We also look forward to hearing the policies
proposed by all candidates for Mayo in the
“Our peak body Jobs Australia has raised
some concerns about the potential for
exploitation in the proposed Youth Jobs PaTH
program, and we agree that safeguards will be
Youth unemployment rises
Annual youth unemployment figures for the
Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Hills and
eastern suburbs region jumped by nearly 75%
to 16.2% early in 2016.
The sudden rise put the region, which covers
nine councils including Mt Barker and the
Adelaide Hills, to number 17 in the nation’s top
20 “hot spots” compiled by the youth charity
the Brotherhood of St Lawrence (BSL).
Youth unemployment figures were not
available for the smaller council areas but Mt
Barker Council had the second highest general
unemployment rate in the ABS region at 8%,
behind Adelaide City Council at 9.2%. The
Adelaide Hills Council had the second lowest
general unemployment rate at 4.3%, ahead of
Burnside at 3.5%.
The BSL, which works with disengaged
youth, school leavers and the long-term
unemployed, supports the new Government
program which it says will provide avenues for
work experience and training.
Some unions have been scathing about
the program which they claim could lead
to taxpayer-subsidised cheap labor and
exploitation of young people.
At the core of the package is a voluntary
internship initiative where eligible youth can
do placements of four to 12 weeks and get paid
an extra $100 per week on top of their dole
Employers would get a $1000 up-front
payment to take them on and up to $10,000 a
year if they hire them.
Federal Member for Mayo Jamie Briggs said
the program would encourage businesses to
open the door to young people.
“The youth employment package, together
with the job-creating tax cuts announced for
small business in the Federal Budget, will
greatly benefit young people in Mayo and go
towards addressing SA’s youth unemployment
rates,” he said.
By Elisa Rose
Sheree Sullivan is ready to put
her nose back into the books after
winning the Australian Institute
of Business award this month.
With her husband Saul, Ms Sullivan
co-owns Hills cheese company Udder
Delights which finished 12th in the
Fast Movers awards.
Ms Sullivan’s Australian Institute
of Business award was presented as
part of the Fast Movers 2016 awards,
and offers a Master of Business
Administration (MBA) scholarship at
the Australian Institute of Business.
Ms Sullivan said she and her
husband were excited about the
developments at the business,
including new cheeses and factory
expansion, and were very happy to be
recognised by Fast Movers SA.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be
recognised not only for our delicious
cheeses and the unique cheese
experience we offer but for our
contribution to the local economy and
job creation in the State,” she said.
“And of course, to get such a
prestigious individual award from an
organisation widely regarded as the
‘practical business school’ only makes
the occasion that bit more special.”
The Fast Movers awards recognise
SA’s fastest growing businesses,
while the Australian Institute of
Business Award recognised Ms
Sullivan’s “business acumen and
Ms Sullivan is hoping to commence
her MBA next year and said she
hoped the study would help to build
on what she had already learned over
the 19 years she’s been involved in
“I think it’s likely to formally
identify and name the procedures
and philosophies that I already do,”
“I love the number crunching and
accounting, so that excites me to
Hills cheese company Udder Delights was recognized for its fast growth at this
year’s Fast Movers awards, while co-owner Sheree Sullivan won the Australian
Institute of Business award.
Cheese maker wins coveted scholarship
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However, SES management says
there is nothing wrong with the
system and its organisation works
effectively and collaboratively
with all emergency services.
SES volunteers at other units also
took offence at comments made by
Dr Fetridge and an anonymous
spokesman for the Onkaparinga
They said the comments were
made on “Wear Orange Day” which
was supposed to acknowledge the
efforts of SES volunteers, not
condemn them for their hard work.
But Dr McFetridge said his
remarks had been misinterpreted
and were not a personal reflection
on the efforts of volunteers. He
said he was trying to change a
system that could cause “fatigue
and frustration” for volunteers.
“At no time was I critical of any
individual or unit, nor would I ever
be,” he said.
“I am, however, very critical
of a system that sends (SES
volunteers) out to a job that can be
handled by others who are closer
and so usually faster and, in many
cases, share similar training for
the job at hand,” he said.
Dr McFetridge said he would
be attending the SES Rescue
Challenge this Saturday and
he would be happy to talk with
volunteers about their concerns.
SES meeting on put hold The State Government is seeking public
feedback on the recently released final
report from the Royal Commission into the
Nuclear Fuel Cycle.
Premier Jay Weatherill said the report marked
the start of a “very important conversation
about the future of our State”.
“The Royal Commission has found it is safe
and viable to pursue a used fuel waste storage
facility and this would have extraordinary
economic benefits for SA,” he said.
“It will now be up to the people of SA to
consider the report and form their own views on
its findings. I encourage all South Australians
to familiarise themselves with this report so
they can participate in this important decision
about our State’s future.”
To download the final report and register to
stay informed, visit www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/
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