Information and Resources from ERDO and other sources about the Current COVID-19 Situation

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The Salvation Army Covid Response Swansea Area

Following on from The Salvation Army’s recent visits to Triabunna to provide essential assistance and services to our community during the COVID-19 situation, The Salvos will be visiting Swansea on Tuesdays 19th & 26th May where they will be at The Courthouse in Swansea. Please see following Flyer for details and contacts.

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Reskill for the future – courses and training Funding available


ERDO assist if you are Self Isolating, the following list of useful phone contacts can be of assistance:


ERDO is commencing a collection of excess fresh garden produce to assist those at home in our local area. If you can help with this it would be wonderful.



GUIDE TO SOME CURRENT SERVICES FROM BUCKLAND – SWANSEA

This information is a guide to offer suggestions for accessing essential services in the Glamorgan Spring Bay area. See the page here.


Tasmanian Government

Tasmanian Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au


Fact sheets from the Health Department, can be downloaded from the Tasmanian Government Department of Health  website. This site also has other information on COVID-19 in Tasmania.


Skills Tasmania’s Rapid Response Skills Initiative

As a response to the current COVID-19 situation affecting business, on March 27th 2020, the Tasmanian Government announced an increase in funding and scope to the Skills Tasmania administered Rapid Response Skills Initiative.

There are two distinct stream of support – for employers, and for Job Seekers – as described herein: https://www.skills.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/228296/TasGov_COVID19_Factsheet_Rapid_Response_Skills_Initiative.pdf

In summary:

Rapid Response Skills Matching Service – for employers

•            Provider – Searson Buck Group Pty Ltd (Searson Buck) will work to assess the skills of displaced workers and match them to businesses who need new, work-ready employees. 

•            Employers – can access the appropriate link to Searson Buck from the RRSI web-page – https://www.skills.tas.gov.au/learners/support_for_retrenched_and_redundant_workers

– to discuss their specific recruitment requirements and Searson Buck will assist them to source the staff they require. Searson Buck will not charge employers for a recruitment service, but if employers choose to engage Searson Buck as a labour hire option, then a commercial relationship between Searson Buck and the employer may then take place.

•            Job Seekers – who have lost their employment due to COVID-19, can choose to access the appropriate link to Searson Buck from the RRSI web-page – https://www.skills.tas.gov.au/learners/support_for_retrenched_and_redundant_workers

– to undertake a skills assessment and register for suitable employment opportunities. Searson Buck will work with Job Seekers to identify the best employment pathway and training to connect them with employers, and assist them to apply for the Rapid Response Skills Training Support for any upskilling with licences or training. 

Rapid Response Skills Training Support – this is the currently established Skills Tasmania Rapid Response Skills initiative(RRSI) – for Job Seekers.

•            Job Seekers – may be able to immediately access up to $3000 towards the cost of training to help them get back to work as soon as possible. This includes up to $500 for employment advice. Funding can be used to pay for training, including licences, to improve job prospects, and for employment advice to help choose the best employment and training options available to them.

•            Eligibility – as per the established RRSI Guidelines available online. The focus of this program is to support people to gain the skills and support needed to get a job. If people have been made redundant – from casual, part-time or full-time work in the last 12 months due to retrenchment, downsizing or business closure. Job Seekers must be able to provide evidence of job loss, redundancy or retrenchment in the form of Centrelink Separation Certificate, or a notification of redundancy or job loss, such as a legitimate letter or email from their employer.

Further details, including the Guidelines, are available at https://www.skills.tas.gov.au/learners/support_for_retrenched_and_redundant_workers,

or contact Allan Kenny (0438 371 183), or Bill Duhig (0400 843 804) from Skills Tasmania, or Nick Prokopiec (0419 425 168) from Searson Buck.