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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21853


Mr Albanese asked the Minister for Employment Services, upon notice, on 12 August 2003:

For the financial years 2000-2001, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 what was (a) the number and (b) the proportion of jobseekers who were identified as `highly disadvantaged' and immediately referred to Intensive Assistance.


Mr Brough (Minister for Employment Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Intensive Assistance was tailored to meet the individual needs of long term unemployed job seekers and job seekers identified as being at risk of long term unemployment. The (a) number and (b) proportion of short term unemployed job seekers who were identified as eligible for Intensive Assistance through the Job Seeker Classification Instrument and subsequently commenced in the programme are shown in Table 1.

Table 1

Intensive Assistance Commencements 2000-2001 to 2002-20031

Financial Year

Number of Job Seekers2

Proportion of TotalCommencements

2000-2001

118,945

42.7

2001-2002

132,995

46.7

2002-2003

105,159

45.9

1. In preparation for implementation of the Active Participation Model, referrals to Intensive Assistance were incrementally ceased between 26 March 2003 and end May 2003.

2. Short term unemployed job seekers identified as being at risk of long term unemployment and commencing in Intensive Assistance.