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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 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 on page 34 of the Request for Tender for Employment Services 2009-2012.