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Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Page: 514


Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Employment Participation, in writing, on 3 December 2008:

In respect of the Work Experience Phase of the new Employment Services Contract 2009-12: if a job seeker chooses to undertake training through the Productivity Places Program (PPP), but is unable to commence within the six week time frame due to a lack of places, or the course not commencing within this time frame, will job seekers be required to undertake a work experience placement until they are able to commence their desired training.


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

Job seekers are required to choose and commence in a Work Experience activity within six weeks of starting in the Work Experience Phase.

Work Experience activities include:

  • Work for the Dole activities, including Full-Time Work for the Dole activities. (It is anticipated that Work for the Dole activities will continue to be the primary means of undertaking Work Experience)
  • Green Corps environmental activities
  • part-time study (for example, through the Productivity Places Program and other accredited vocational training)
  • part-time or casual paid employment
  • brokered unpaid work experience placements
  • Voluntary Work in the community and not-for-profit sector
  • paid or unpaid work in social enterprises
  • Drought Force farm-based activities
  • Defence Force Reserves
  • placement in other Australian Government or state/territory government labour market or appropriate training or skills development programs, including Language, Literacy and Numeracy and Indigenous programs such as the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP), and
  • participation in non-vocational programs and services (where appropriate).

Certain Work Experience activities can be combined by a job seeker to meet their Work Experience Activity requirement. These are:

  • part-time paid work
  • part-time study
  • Voluntary Work
  • Defence Force Reserve services, and
  • brokered Unpaid Work Experience placements.

Information on the range of Work Experience activities can be found at Clause 2.8.5.5 on

page 30 in the Request for Tender for Employment Services 2009-2012. 

Information on combining activities to meet Work Experience Activity requirements can be found at Clause 2.8.5.6 on page 34 of the Request for Tender for Employment Services 2009-2012.