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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 134


Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Employment Participation, in writing, on 1 December 2008:

In respect of Employment Services Contract 4: (a) what is the forecast average duration of unemployment for job seekers in (i) Stream 1, (ii) Stream 2, (iii) Stream 3, and (iv) Stream 4; (b) on what date was this forecast made; (c) what is the expected average duration of training for job seekers who are referred to the Productivity Places Program; and (d) after how many weeks will job seekers who are undertaking training be removed from the active caseload.


Mr Brendan O’Connor (Minister for Employment Participation) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   Average duration of unemployment for job seekers was not forecast for the Employment Services Contract 4.  Data relating to the forecast percentage of jobseekers who will still be unemployed 12 months after commencement, plus a range of other data has been published on DEEWR’s Employment and Related Services Purchasing website: www.workplace.gov.au/workplace/Publications/Purchasing/

(b)   Not applicable

(c)   The expected average durations of the qualifications under the Productivity Places Program are as follows:

Qualification

Course Duration

Adv Diploma

3 Years

Diploma

3 Years

Certificate IV

2 Years

Certificate III

2 Years

Certificate II

2 Years

(d)   Job seekers who enrol in education will only be removed from the active caseload if they:

(i)   move onto an education income support payment type such as Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance (student); or

(ii)   cease to receive an income support payment and are aged 21 years or more.