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Thursday, 16 October 2008
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Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Employment Participation, in writing, on 28 August 2008:

In respect of the Personal Support Program: what are the most common barriers to employment for job seekers who are referred to the program?


Mr Brendan O’Connor (Minister for Employment Participation) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Please see the table below that provides information about the most common barriers to employment recorded for participants in the Personal Support Programme at 30 June 2008. This information is based on barriers to employment identified by Job Capacity Assessors and Personal Support Programme providers.

 

Order of Frequency

Barriers

Proportion of

Participants with Barrier Recorded

1

Psychological/psychiatric condition

54%

2

Limited employment history

39%

3

Substance abuse

31%

4

Accommodation

24%

5

Confidence

24%

6

Relationships/family

22%

7

Concentration limitations

22%

8

Limited skills/experience

22%

9

Motivation

19%

10

Support network

17%

Note: Each participant can have more than one barrier recorded.