The ACT public service has gained 500 staff through the territory’s Jobs for Canberrans program.
The ACT government on Tuesday said it has provided an additional $500,000 to the scheme to create more temporary roles in the public service.
The program targeted people who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were ineligible for the JobKeeper payment, including those who previously relied on casual employment, international visa holders, and international students.
Access Canberra would receive the additional funding, with the agency to employ staff to assist with the COVID-19 Helpline.
Attorney-general Gordon Ramsay said Access Canberra would gain more than 35 temporary employees through the Jobs for Canberrans scheme.
“Access Canberra has played such a critical role for our community during COVID-19 and I’m pleased that the Jobs for Canberrans recruits have contributed so significantly,” he said.
“In May, Access Canberra welcomed an extra 17 people into their team through the Jobs for Canberrans Fund. These people were quickly trained to help answer the calls of our community, process licences and registrations and help with many other administrative tasks on a daily basis.”
Last month the territory government extended its public service graduate program as part of a youth support package to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on young people.
Growing the public sector workforce has also been identified as a key aspect of the ACT’s recently released Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan, with the number of new employees in the ACT Public Sector to increase from 120 per year to 160 for 2021 and 2022.
The government has aimed to increase the frontline health workforce by around 100 employees over the next 12 months, the education workforce by an extra 85 employees over that period, and would employ an additional 99 firefighters over the next four years.
It also recently funded 69 extra ACT Policing staff, and added 30 new positions in the ACT Ambulance Services in 2019-20 and 2020-21.