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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21854


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 proportion of Intensive Assistance clients received structured training or subsidised employment as part of their Intensive Assistance and, of those who received training, what sort of training did they undertake.


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

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has not collected information in the form requested on an ongoing basis. Under Intensive Assistance, providers had the flexibility to decide, in consultation with their job seekers, what types of assistance to provide to assist people into employment. The Department therefore monitored performance rather than the specific inputs the provider delivered to assist job seekers.

Whilst formal statistics are not kept on the broader range of interventions offered to most job seekers, information on the provision of training to Intensive Assistance participants has been collected as part of periodic evaluations of Job Network. Data collected in a 2001 survey of job seekers show that 23% of Intensive Assistance participants received training. This proportion excludes those who received less substantial training in job search skills which was restricted to such activities as help with rsums and preparing for interviews.

Training in information technology and job-specific training were the most commonly reported forms of training received, as the data in the table below indicate.

Type of training reported

% of all training

Information technology

30

Job-specific

31

Personal1

23

Language/literacy/numeracy

4

Other2

19

1 Personal training includes help with presentation and self help and motivational training.

2 Training not elsewhere classified.

Note: Percentages do not add to 100 because participants could receive more than one type of training.

Under the Active Participation Model, the Department will monitor expenditure on training and other assistance types from the Job Seeker Account.