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In this Issue:
Message from the General Manager

As we approach the end of March and head into the Easter I cannot believe how quickly the first quarter of the year has gone.

Q.I.T.E. continues to do amazing work in our region and we are very proud to announce we were successful in our tender for the Disability Employment Services contract and this service will commence in our offices in the very near future.

We believe that this contract will work well with our vision and Mission and compliment our jobactive contract nicely.

We look forward to helping more employers find the right staff and more clients move into employment.

We are currently working an internal competition which involves placing 200 of our most vulnerable jobseekers into work in 100 days - this will continue to run for the next 50 days as we are now half way through and are very proud to advise we have placed 97 people into work since the commencement. Please help us to meet our targets by calling us on 1800 354 414 and speaking to one of our friendly staff.

We are also running some awesome Work for the Dole projects across the region and one that has proven very popular is our Community Pantrys which operate in Mareeba and Atherton - these projects are to assist the most disadvantaged with purchasing cheap groceries items - these projects are funded by the Dept of Jobs and Small Business. If you would like further information regarding these projects or any of the work we do please pop into one of our offices and speak to our staff.

Q.I.T.E. is also very busy at the moment with the renovation of the Old Fire Station in Mareeba which will become our new head office, this is an exciting time for us and we look forward to the project being completed towards the middle of July 2018.

Please take the time to enjoy your Easter break and spend it will your loved ones doing something that you enjoy.

Stay safe and until next time.

Jillian Trout
General Manager, QITE
Community partnerships

Fostering community partnerships, the toddlers at QT's Early learning Centre in Mareeba have been making placemats for the elderly residents at Mareeba's Garden Settlement aged care home. The ongoing arrangement has been a fantastic creative opportunity for the youngsters and put a smile on the residents' faces. The initiative was instigated by Toddler 1 Lead Educator Enola Breuer, pictured with Ethan Fitzgerald and MaKenna Evans.

(Source: The Express newspaper)
Big week for local prep kids

QT'S Early Learning Centre director Siale Jenkins (pictured) said a tearful goodbye to her kindy kids who took their first steps into the real world by starting school for the very first time earlier this year.

Little Mirriam Foo (pictured) is only four and half but couldn't wait to get started in Prep at St Thomas's School in Mareeba. She is one of hundreds of kids who started school. "I'm really excited", said Mirriam who had been at QT'S since she was a toddler. "I can't wait to have a go of everything".
Mrs Jenkins said she formed a strong attachment with each of the children at the centre and was sad to see them leave but at the same time was proud to see them go on with skills they learned at the centre. "It's really sad when they leave but they always come back to say hi and tell us how they're going," she said. "the kindy program here really prepares them for prep."

(Source: Rebecca Wallis,The Express newspaper)
Client of the Quarter

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Good News Stories
Free Little Library in Tolga

In January 2018 we celebrated the opening of a Free Little Library in The Cottage Cafe in Tolga. Four students have put together the project as part of a government-funded jobs skills training program run by QITE and National Joblink.

Some of the people behind the idea are Chanel Wyatt, Samantha Sochorova, Josia Lewinson and Juliana Akee. "Since Tolga doesn't have a library, we thought this little library could help encourage reading for people of all ages, from three to 100," Ms Wyatt said. The team put together the cabinet to display the books at The Cottage Cafe. "Sharing much-loved books with one another can help create a nice sense of community. We have about 20 books and we're collecting donations of classic novels and favourite books to fill the small library."

If you would like to make a contribution, books can be dropped off at the Cottage Cafe.
Helping hand for the needy / The Community Pantry in Mareeba

A Retail store with heavily discounted groceries for people in need has officially opened its doors in Mareeba.

The Community Pantry is a QITE Work for the Dole jobactive project funded by the federal government.
Users can get a referral card from any community organisation and then head to the pantry to purchase essentials such as milk, toothpaste and fruit, and veg grown in the QITE community garden.

"There is a massive need for it," said Jane Ellis from QITE. "We've had a Community pantry open in Atherton for a while, but people have not been able to travel between so having one here means Mareeba people can now use it."

Alongside offering cheap groceries, the pantry is also giving locals an opportunity to learn some valuable employment skills. They work in the pantry, learning cash register skills, stock taking, and day to day interaction of retail.

"The feedback we are getting is that the workers are feeling like they are doing something that is worthwhile. Going to work can be scary if you've never done anything like that before, it's a whole other world."

The pantry has been open for a few weeks at 52 Rankin Street and also stocks some handmade wooden toys made by Work for the Dole participants in Ravenshoe.

The Community pantry will be open every Wednesday from 9am to 4pm. Non-perishable food items can be donated to the pantry or any QITE office on the Tablelands.

(Source: The Express / Rebecca Wallis)
Trend underemployment falls to 8.3%
Media Release Thursday 22 March 2018

Unemployment and Underemployment

The monthly trend unemployment rate remained steady at 5.5 per cent in February 2018, according to latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

"While the unemployment rate remained steady, the underemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 8.3 per cent over the quarter, and is now at its lowest point since November 2015," the Chief Economist for the ABS, Bruce Hockman, said.

Over the past year, the trend underutilisation rate, which includes both unemployment and underemployment, decreased by 0.6 percentage points to 13.8 per cent.

Employment and hours

Monthly trend full-time employment increased for the 16th straight month in February 2018. Full-time employment grew by a further 8,000 persons in February, while part-time employment increased by 12,000 persons, underpinning a total increase in employment of 19,000 persons.

"Full-time employment has now increased by around 293,000 persons over the past year, and makes up the majority of the 400,000 increase in employment," Mr Hockman said.

Over the past year, trend employment increased by 3.3 per cent, which is above the average year-on-year growth over the past 20 years (1.9 per cent).

The trend monthly hours worked decreased slightly, by 1.4 million hours (0.1 per cent), with the annual figure continuing to show strong growth (2.7 per cent).

The labour force participation rate increased to 65.7 per cent, the highest it has been since December 2010. The female labour force participation also increased, to a further historical high of 60.6 per cent.

States and Territories

Over the past year, the states and territories with the strongest annual growth in trend employment were the ACT (4.7 per cent) Queensland (4.6 per cent) and New South Wales (3.9 per cent).

Seasonally adjusted data

The seasonally adjusted number of persons employed increased by 18,000 in February 2018. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.6 per cent and the labour force participation rate increased by less than 0.1 percentage points to 65.7 per cent.

More details are in the February 2018 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0). In addition, further information, including regional labour market information, can be found in the upcoming February 2018 issue of Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001), due for release on 29 March 2018. Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003), which includes employment by industry, is also due for release on 29 March.

These publications are available for free download (after release) from the ABS website:
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