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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 1012


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

(1)   What is the ratio of temporary vacancies to permanent positions registered with the Commonwealth Employment Service.

(2)   Why are persons registering for unemployment since January 1972 not having their attention drawn to their entitlement to apply for unemployment benefit, as has been the situation in previous years.

(3)   Why is it that, since January 1972, an application form for unemployment benefit cannot be lodged with the Commonwealth Employment Service until 7 days have elapsed from the day of issue.


Senator WRIGHT - The Minister for Labour and National Service has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Separate statistics are not maintained to provide such information.

(2)   and (3) The established procedure for advising persons, seeking employment assistance from the Commonwealth Employment Service, about unemployment benefit has not been altered. However, to avoid unnecessary administrative work on claims for unemployment benefit which require no further action because the applicant has. entered employment, claims will in future not be accepted in the Commonwealth Employment Service until the seventh day after registration. For the purpose of unemployment benefit they are deemed to have been lodged on the day, of initial registration for employment and there is no loss of entitlement to the beneficiary. The new procedures do not prejudice a person's right to claim unemployment benefit, cause any delay in payment, or adversely affect the service to an applicant in any way.







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