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How Can You Participate In Reconciliation Week?

We have created four social media tiles and A3 posters for you to share during Reconciliation Week. Simply download the below images (just click on the image and right click to save image), share on your social media, and make sure to use the following hashtags: #MoreThanAWord #NRW2021 #Angusknightrecweek2021

Click here to download the A3 Posters of the below tiles.

Some links below will help you learn about Indigenous language and whose country you are on.

Links and Resources from around the Web

I’m going to learn about the spoken Aboriginal language of the land where I live

Find out who’s land you are on

Thoughts, facts, and activities from Reconciliation Australia 
“During National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia invites you to join a national conversation about the value of recognition. This list of activity ideas ranges from basic, through to more challenging concepts” Some of the activities listed include: inviting a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander elder/person to speak at your organisation, create a Reconciliation Action Plan,  Listen to some of the talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers at your work, get involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events.

National Reconciliation Week 2021 Events

National Events for Reconciliation Week

Download the Social Tiles, Posters, and Zoom Background from Reconciliation Australia  

Colour for Reconciliation – Kids Colouring In and learn about the Artwork by Jessica Johnson 
Action by Jessica Johnson

Reconciliation Film Club 

Screen a documentary from Australia’s leading First Nations filmmakers with the Reconciliation Film Club.

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Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Employment Region Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce Announcement

Jobfind is proud to announce that we have been appointed to the Inner Metropolitan Employment Region Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce established by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Jobfind is joined by key stakeholders including employer and community organisation representatives, education and training organisations, and local and state government representatives.

The taskforce brings together expertise, resources, and access to funding at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in the region.  It is part of the $62.8 million Local Jobs Program which will operate in 25 regions across Australia through to 30 June 2022. The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information for the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce for the Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Employment Region can be found here –

As a well-established provider of employment services within Inner Metropolitan Melbourne, Jobfind will represent and collaborate with employment services providers and other stakeholders to assist the Taskforce to develop local employment solutions and assist in growing business confidence to get people back into jobs.

Jobfind’s CEO, Anthony Parsons said “Jobfind’s 5-star rating and long standing, deep connections in Melbourne were formative in the selection of Jobfind to be part of this important taskforce. Our 1,000 jobs for Christmas campaign last year saw us secure 1,500 jobs for jobseekers, and we will be doing our best to do the same again this year, despite COVID-19. In fact, we have managed to place more than 300 people into work each month across Melbourne throughout the pandemic and lockdown”.

Jobfind’s representative on the taskforce will be our Inner Metropolitan Melbourne Regional Manager, Julia Bassani. Julia has an extensive career in employment services which she will use to identify growth industries. Julia will then work with all employment services providers and training providers in the region to meet the recruitment requirements of employers, training providers, and other key stakeholders. With the same focus and purpose of assisting jobseekers back into employment, education and training, Julia has been given an opportunity through the taskforce role to reach out to various networks and collaborate to assist our economy return post COVID-19.

As part of the Angus Knight Group, Jobfind delivers on an extensive range of employment services across metropolitan, regional, and remote Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.

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Jobfind awarded 5 STAR rating from Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Jobfind has been announced as a recipient of the coveted 5 STAR rating by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment via the Victoria State Office. Jobfind has been recognised for providing outstanding jobactive services in two out of three regions, and 10 of our sites for the March 2020 Quarter.

Congratulations to Richmond, Camberwell and Narre Warren sites, who have all maintained their 5 star ratings for over twelve months, and Springvale who has maintained for the last four ratings.

A huge celebration is also underway at Jobfind’s 5 Star sites receiving their very first rating – already receiving the highest rating of 5 stars – Campbellfield, Airport West, Craigieburn, Flemington, Broadmeadows and Fitzroy.

“This is a particularly impressive result given the current climate,” says Jobfind CEO Anthony Parsons. “We are over the moon with this rating and will continue to provide an exceptional level of care and support to remain a provider of choice for those seeking employment.”

These 5 star ratings establish Jobfind as the nation’s top provider, proving that it’s about more than just a job at Jobfind.

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Kowanyama licensed to drive

Before the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the RISE Ventures team managed to arrange for a
record number of job seekers in Kowanyama to obtain and renew their drivers’ licenses.

This was made possible through a lot of pre-planning and hard work from a great dedicated team.
We assisted in obtaining IDs and getting the necessary requirements in place before inviting the
Remote Indigenous Driver Licensing Unit (RIDLU) to conduct the tests.

The results? A whopping 21 job seekers did the learners written test and licensing, 9 practical driving
tests and licenses, 13 learners licenses renewed, 6 licenses replaced, and 3 heavy vehicle written
tests completed.

These licenses equip job seekers with more than just the authority to drive, but also provides them a
tool for possible future employment.

It was a pleasure to work with RIDLU who states that they might use Kowanyama as a benchmark for
communities of similar sizes. We would also like to thank the team that made it all possible; Francis,
Lavinia, Shiquea and of course our wonderful Community Engagement Officer and Bus Driver Carl,
picking our job seekers up and ensuring everything ran smoothly.

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A story of courage and doing things you have never done before

Once in a blue moon, I have a student that stands out to me, not because they are loud
or have a lot of charisma in my classroom, but due to their hard work, determination,
drive and most of all, courage. My student Selwyn has all these qualities. He is a
fantastic Production Horticulture Manager.
Prior to COVID-19, he turned up to the classroom every day on time and quietly did
his work in his Assessment Kit. His knowledge of Production Horticulture was
already strong, with other students already looking to him for answers in group
situations. His assessment kits were always completed on time with very few, if any
mistakes. Although retired, he worked part-time as a landscaper to earn some extra

When COVID-19 hit, and my classroom was moved online, Selwyn approached me
with concern. He had very limited computer skills and knew he was going to struggle.
I assured him that we would work together and that he would complete his certificate. 

There have been a lot of ups and downs. Selwyn has even wanted to quit several times
when overwhelmed.
Because I believed in him, I persisted and continued to encourage him, even inviting
him to my back-office space to help him in person. He hadn’t even seen a word
document program before let alone used one.

This struggle with technology was not Selwyn’s only concern, as he was also
diagnosed with cancer. I was blown away by his quiet determination to live his life in
the face of such adversity.

As the course for Selwyn came to an end, I am proud to say, not only does he have
even more Production Horticulture skills and knowledge, but his computer skills now
are amazing. He summitted his last units with no help from me! He can now
download, copy and paste, search for key words, make new documents, do split
screens and sort information into folders. 

As, I write this, I am proud, honoured and humbled to have had him as a student. He
reminds me to have that same courage to do things you have never done before.  

Soon after, I received the following response from Kim, Selwyn’s Daughter:

Hi Jo,
I just read the story you wrote about Dad and wanted to say a huge Thank you for
helping him through the course. I know he would have quit if it wasn’t for you.
You truly went above and beyond and your dedication should be commended.