The Federal Government has announced a $25 million fund to help local people fight joblessness and poverty.


Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr has called on community organisations in the local community to assist the Local Solutions Fund.


“The entrenched disadvantage in our society has meant that lots of people are missing out on the opportunities this country can provide. They are entitled to a fair go; and they are entitled to the government and community services that help make it possible,” Senator Carr said.


“We are asking today for innovative, practical solutions that will help to stop people falling through the cracks. We want to get the right people talking and working together to overcome the reality of inequality.” 


The Fund is part of Building Australia’s Future Workforce, a package of measures to boost education, training and employment opportunities.


It will support locally-built programs tailored to specific community needs, with a particular focus on the needs of young people and families.


Ten Local Government Areas are a focus of Building Australia’s Future Workforce:
    •    Bankstown, Wyong and Shellharbour (NSW)
    •    Shepparton and Hume (Vic)
    •    Logan and Rockhampton (Qld)
    •    Playford (SA)
    •    Burnie (Tas)
    •    Kwinana (WA).

“People grow up in the school of hard knocks in many parts of Australia,” Senator Carr said. “We have to ensure they have the support they need to build a better life – for themselves and their kids.”


For more information about the Local Solutions Fund, including how to apply, please visit The closing date for expressions of interest is Monday 2 April 2012.