Canberrans will be encouraged to take up careers in our health and community services sector through a new initiative that has received $420,000 in funding under the Liberal-National Government’s National Careers Institute’s Partnership Grants program, Senator Seselja announced today.

The ACT Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS) will use the grant to establish the ACT Health and Community Services Careers Hub, aimed at increasing knowledge around and creating greater awareness of career paths in the health and community services sector.

Senator Seselja said the Hub will ensure Canberrans have access to tailored resources so they can make vital career decisions based on the best possible advice.

“COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of ensuring we have a strong health and community sector workforce, and the vital role these workers play in our community,” Senator Seselja said.

“With so many rewarding career opportunities in the sector, the Federal Governments $420,000 investment in the Hub will mean current and future workers have access to the best possible career advice, ensuring they have the confidence to pursue the career of their dreams.”

ACTCOSS CEO Dr Emma Campbell welcomed the funding, saying the need for community services including childcare, aged care and disability supports continues to increase in the ACT as our population grows and gets older.

“We want to ensure that we have a skilled and motivated workforce so that all Australians receive the care and support that they deserve,” Dr Campbell said.

“We are incredibly grateful for this generous and important funding from the Australian Government. The ACT Health and Community Service Careers Hub will make a significant contribution to increasing knowledge and awareness of health and community sector career paths in the ACT, enhance career pathways in our sector to help people reach their full career potential and allow for stronger collaboration in the delivery of careers guidance.”

Senator Seselja said round three applications will open on 20 October, with an additional $10 million of grants on offer.

For more information, visit the National Careers Institute at www.dese.gov.au/nci

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