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Friday, 23 November 1979
Page: 2992

Senator Grimes asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 16 October 1979:

(1)   How many officers in the Commonwealth Employment Service are engaged: (a) full-time; and (b) part-time, in the search for new job vacancies.

(2)   What methods are used in the search for new job vacancies.

(3)   What particular experiments have been undertaken to register new job vacancies.

(4)   During what period was each experiment conducted, and what was the success rate in each case.

Senator Durack - The Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) Precise statistics are not available. However, of the 3,662 persons employed by the Commonwealth Employment Service as at 30 September 1979, a large proportion would have been engaged at that time partly or wholly in the search for new job vacancies. Job canvassing is an integral part of the duties of Employment Officers and is basic to the interview process.

(2)   Methods used in the search for new job vacancies include the use of a planned telephone canvass of employers, promotional visits to employers' premises, canvassing employers on behalf of individual job seekers, co-operation in employment programs sponsored by Government authorities and advertising the Commonwealth Employment Service as the delivery system for a wide range of Government manpower programs.

(3)   A range of marketing campaigns have been undertaken in association with the opening of new or relocated CES offices, or as part of the streamlining or development of services to both employers and job seekers. Examples include Job Search 1 979 in Tasmania, Job Search 3000 in Sydney's western suburbs and the Job Adviser service in Salisbury and Croydon Park in South Australia.

(4)   Job Search 1979 occurred in February, Job Search 3000 in April 1 979 and the Job Adviser service operated during July and August 1979. In all cases, the increase in the number of job vacancies notified to the CES was in the order of 20 per cent over the same period in 1978. Marketing initiatives in other States have enjoyed similar success.

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