Jobs on the agenda for G20 Taskforce

Media Release
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate
  • Minister for Employment
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
  • Senator for Tasmania

Creating jobs and workforce participation are top priorities for the G20 Task Force on Employment which meets for the first time under Australia’s presidency in Sydney this week.

Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz, said the first round of meetings between officials from participating G20 countries sets the scene for Australia and its counterparts to deliver strong results on the employment agenda ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane in November.

“Promoting stronger employment outcomes is one of the key priorities for the G20,” Senator Abetz said.

“The Task Force will be discussing challenges and strategies for boosting workforce participation and creating jobs at a local level.”

“Task Force meetings will do the groundwork ahead of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting in September.”

Following this first meeting, each member country will start work on developing its own country-specific employment plan, which will set out practical actions so all those who can work have the opportunity to and those who are unable to work are adequately supported.

“The Task force meeting is a great opportunity for Australia to showcase our own employment initiatives, including reducing red tape and providing incentives for individuals to achieve their potential,” Senator Abetz said.

“The G20 is putting Australia on the world stage and this is our time to showcase how our local actions support international economic goals.”

More information on the G20 and the Taskforce on Employment can be found at: www.g20.org.

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