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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Funding for advocacy services continue to help vulnerable

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010

    Funding for advocacy services continue to help vulnerable

    The Bligh Government has demonstrated its commitment to vulnerable workers by providing funding of $1.5 million to two important Queensland advocacy services.

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick has announced that ongoing funding over two years would be provided to the Queensland Working Women’s Service and the Young Workers Advisory Service.

    “This funding ensures a continued safety net is available for two of the most vulnerable groups in our workforce – women and young people - who lack the means to seek assistance on work-related issues,” Mr Dick said.

    “The Queensland Working Women’s Service will receive $407,430 and the Young Workers Advisory Service will receive $379,724 each year for the next two financial years for their services, which have already helped 57,000 women and young workers over the past 15 years.

    “These two not-for-profit organisations provide a one-stop-shop for free advice, information and advocacy services to all women and young people on work-related matters.

    “The Queensland Government has been funding the Working Women’s Service since 1995 when it recognised that women were in a distinctly disadvantaged bargaining position in the
    workplace compared with their male counterparts.

    “Since this time, more than 46,000 women across Queensland have received specialist advice and casework services, with more than 600 community information sessions also delivered statewide.”

    Mr Dick said the government had been providing funding for services to young people since 2002.

    “While the huge majority of employers do a good job caring for young workers, occasionally young people need some help to fight for their rights,” he said.

    “The Young Workers Advisory Service has provided specialist advice on work-related issues to more than 10,000 young Queenslanders since 2002, including providing representation and assisting more than 1,000 young workers to make claims in industrial courts and tribunals.”

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    Office of the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations (07) 3239 3487