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Government Launches Job Site For Aussies Looking For Work During COVID-19 Crisis

Australians looking for work can now go to a new website to help with the job hunt.

The federal government  launched a site on Thursday which lists all available jobs on the internet, in a bid to help Australians left out of work because of coronavirus.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the government was trying to help connect Australians with work.

"These are critical jobs that will contribute to keeping the economy going and keeping as many Australians in work as possible," she said.

While many sectors have been hard hit because of the pandemic, others are seeing increased demand.

They include the health and care sectors, transport and logistics, some retail, mining, manufacturing, agriculture and government work.

Employers hoping to connect with potential workers can directly contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

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The government's $130 billion scheme will see some workers paid $1500 per fortnight during the crisis.

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