Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Community sector website launched

    30/07/2007 10:14 AM
     
    30/7/07

    A national website has been launched which aims to help the community services sector attract and retain staff, following the Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Conference in Sydney.

    Communities Minister Sue Ellery said the Community Workforce Village website was the first of its kind in Australia and provided the community services sector with a forum for sharing resources and best practice for attracting and retaining staff.

    The website would provide government, non-government and community organisations with valuable resources to help attract and retain staff in the community services sector.

    “The Community Workforce Village website hosts a discussion forum for the sector to share and exchange ideas on workforce management strategies,” Ms Ellery said.

    “Registered users can access the forum and other information and research tools that help retain staff in a sector experiencing increasing demand.”

    The Minister said population growth, economic and social pressures, and changing community expectations were some of the factors driving the demand for childrens’ services, child protection, disability services and juvenile justice sectors.

    Lucrative employment opportunities in the booming mining sector were also contributing to the attraction and retention issues affecting the community sector.

    “The Community Workforce Village website is a positive step towards addressing staffing challenges and will contribute towards building a highly skilled community services workforce,” Ms Ellery said.

    “We believe the website will be an invaluable tool that will help the sector meet the needs of Australians in the challenging future ahead.”

    The Community Workforce Village website was initiated by the Queensland Department of Child Safety in October 2006 and developed by the Community and Disability Services Ministerial Advisory Council through its Structural Issues in the Workforce Sub-Committee.

    The website’s address is http://www.communityworkforcevillage.org

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