THE Morrison government has defended TV tradie Scott Cam’s job as taxpayer-funded careers ambassador despite the Gold Logie winner attending just one event since October.
The Block star’s sole public appearance was a press conference alongside Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Skills Minister Michaelia Cash to announce his appointment last year.
Since becoming national careers ambassador, Cam has pocketed $145,000 of his $350,000 18 month-contract.
Skills Department officials told Senate estimates on Thursday Cam had also appeared in three short videos, made four social media posts and put a profile on a government website.
Skills Minister Michaelia Cash defended Cam’s work, saying his job was about influencing people’s views of vocational education and training.
“It’s about utilising that profile to draw people’s attention into what otherwise they may not actually give any notice to,” she told the committee.
Skills and training deputy secretary Nadine Williams said his pay packet wasn’t a salary.
“Mr Cam has been contracted to do a range of activities that are designed to raise the profile of VET and designed to raise the profile of careers advice more generally,” she said.
Senator Cash also told estimates the celebrity builder would host the Australian Training Awards in November.
“It is literally the Logies of training awards,” she said.
It was also promised Cam would appear at eight events this year, including one with Senator Cash next week.
“Like The Block, we’re going to have to wait for the reveal,” Labor senator Deborah O’Neill said.
The previous Labor government also paid Cam to open trade fairs.