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Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Page: 10090


Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Education, in writing, on 28 August 2008:

In respect of the (now concluded) Australian Skills Vouchers Program: in total, how many vouchers were issued to (a) existing workers, and (b) job seekers.


Ms Gillard (Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

In respect of the (now concluded) Australian Skills Vouchers Program the expected participation for priority group was:

  • Unskilled workers - 60%
  • Income Support recipients - 20%
  • Job Network Participants - 10%
  • People not in the labour force - 10%

   Actual participation for each priority group was:

  • Unskilled Workers - 35,947 (44.5%)
  • Income Support recipients - 16,545 (20.5%)
  • Job Network Participants - 15, 062 (18.6%)
  • People not in the labour force - 13,226 (16.4%)