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Monday, 20 October 2008
Page: 9663

Dr Southcott asked the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services, in writing, on 2 September 2008:

How many Job Capacity Assessments that are appealed result in a changed program referral for the job seeker.

Ms Plibersek (Minister for Housing and Minister for the Status of Women) —The Minister for Human Services has provided the following  answer to the honourable member’s question:

Job Capacity Assessments are not subject to appeal.

Referrals to employment services by Job Capacity Assessors, however, can be disputed by the employment service provider before the assessment report is finalised (within 28 days or until Centrelink makes an income support decision if earlier). As this occurs informally in discussion between the two parties, no data is available on the number of disputes or the proportion which result in a changed program referral.