ACT Government updates

New jobs to help bushfire recovery work

May 18, 2020

Twenty-six Canberra families will be better supported through employment with new rangers and field officers will commence training today with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service as part of the Jobs for Canberrans fund.

344 jobs have now been approved across the ACT Public Service, following the recent addition of a further 156 jobs. New roles include cleaners for our schools, maintenance officers for our schools and roads, administration officers, a locksmith and an assistant accountant. 

The $20 million fund was launched by the ACT Government last month to provide work opportunities for Canberrans in the casual or semi-skilled workforce who lost their jobs or have been significantly impacted due to COVID-19.

Over 30 Canberrans commence employment this week as part of the fund, while more than 50 others will receive job offers and over 50 roles will enter the shortlisting and interview process.

The latest job commencements and new job opportunities continue the Government’s work on an economic survival package to keep our city going and to support Canberra families.

For more details about the Jobs for Canberrans fund, including eligibility, please visit

Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman:

“We are working together with Canberrans to create jobs opportunities for those that need it.

“The Jobs for Canberrans fund is helping the ACT recover from the disaster of the bushfire in Namadgi National Park while easing the economic pressures caused by the COVID-19 health emergency.

“We are providing employment for up to six months to people who have been unemployed during this health emergency and they will gain new skills to help them with future opportunities.

“We had 500 people apply for the 26 positions and we are pleased to offer these positions to a diverse group of people.

“Six Ngunnawal rangers have been appointed to join the bushfire recovery team, particularly to Care for Country aiding in the recovery of our natural and cultural heritage after the bushfire this year.

“The team starts training today and is keen to start work on the ground in two weeks. Their work will also benefit from approximately $1 million of fast-track project funding to deliver critical bushfire recovery and other works in our reserves. Local businesses and contractors will supply the necessary resources.

“Works will include trail maintenance, the repair of fences along the boundary of Namadgi National Park and catchment restoration in the Lower Cotter Catchment.”