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Australia Scott Cam to be paid more than $300k by Federal Government for ambassador role

13:50  05 december  2019
13:50  05 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Scott Cam will be paid by the government to encourage young people to take up trades.© AAP Scott Cam will be paid by the government to encourage young people to take up trades. Celebrity builder Scott Cam will be paid more than $300,000 by the Federal Government for his role as national careers ambassador.

The Channel Nine presenter of The Block and Gold Logie winner was appointed to the role in October to encourage young people to take up trades.

Deputy Secretary for Skills and Training Nadine Williams confirmed to Senate estimates on Thursday that Mr Cam would be paid $345,000 over two years.

She said the value of his contract for the first financial year is $260,000 and $85,000 for next financial year, excluding GST.

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Ms Williams could not confirm if an additional travel budget had been allocated.

"Mr Cam will do a range of activities on behalf of the government as part of his role and that may include for example attending events or meeting with various stakeholders and schools, if travel is involved in that the travel budget would accommodate that sort of thing," she said.

Mr Cam also held a taxpayer-funded position when Labor was in government in 2009.

Minister for Skills Michaelia Cash said Mr Cam will be involved in a range of activities over the next 15 months, including high-profile events.

"As Ambassador, Scott Cam will promote careers and the VET system and help direct people to the right career advice at the right time," she said.

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"He will also make sure individuals and businesses can take advantage of the pathways on offer.

"This builds on the work that Scott has done as an Australian Apprenticeships ambassador under both Labor and Coalition governments."

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"This is nothing against Scott Cam, he is a good bloke," Ms Plibersek said.

"If we had a truly excellent TAFE and training system properly supported by our government, they wouldn't need commissioners and ambassadors and a whole range of taxpayer-funded advertising."

In announcing Mr Cam's appointment earlier this year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he wanted more Australians to "become plumbers, electricians and bakers than lawyers and consultants".

"Scott Cam is proof that undertaking a trade can be a very valuable, rewarding and successful career choice, and there are plenty more who can tell a similar story to Scott," he said.

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