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City of Choice firmly on national agenda

Published: 25 August 2014

City of Choice firmly on national agenda

Logan: City of Choice and its ground-breaking initiatives were the talk of Canberra last month, when Leadership Team chair Jude Munro and senior Council staff met with top-level government executives across Federal Government departments.

Ms Munro, Logan City Council CEO Chris Rose, and Council's senior social planner held eight high level meetings over two days, raising awareness of the changes Logan: City of Choice is delivering in our community and seeking continued support and partnership for specific initiatives.

They met with Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries (the equivalent of Directors-General) from Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Indigenous Affairs, Social Services, Human Services, Health and Sport, Attorney-General and the Arts, Education, and Employment.

Key topics discussed included the Australian-first memorandum of understanding between Job Services Australia-funded employment services, which is providing a stronger link between employers and job-seekers by addressing specific industry workforce needs.

The Deputy Secretary of the Federal Department of Employment, Jennifer Taylor, recognised the pilot as ground-breaking, and now intends to promote the MOU to all JSA-funded employment organisations in Australia as a best practice model.

The Logan delegation thanked the Departments of Education and Attorney-General, respectively, for supporting the changes to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Higher Education Loan Program) – opening up learning and job opportunities for long-term New Zealand residents – and the $1.4m in the Federal Budget to expand the Logan Safety Camera Network.

Logan Together was also discussed in a number of meetings. It is the collective impact initiative currently building momentum in Logan, which aims to better coordinate how services are delivered to families with children aged birth to eight years of age. Stay tuned for more news on this soon.

Ms Munro said the trip was invaluable in strengthening the connection between Logan and the Federal Government, and thanked City of Choice Leadership Team member, and Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen for his support in stressing the meetings' importance.