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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 136

(Question No. 1243)


Senator Ian Macdonald asked the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, upon notice, on 23 March 1994:

  With reference to the Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) at Rockhampton which would only list a job vacancy if the suitability of the listing was approved by the CES through further consultation with staff members:

  (1) Is the CES selective in which job vacancies it will list, or is it required to list all vacancies offered to it.

  (2) Will the CES only list vacancies for companies which have previously dealt with the CES.

  (3) Does the CES only list vacancies which officers believe are satisfactory ones, and is it part of the business of the CES to make judgements on remuneration packages offered.


Senator Schacht —The Minister for Employment, Education and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) There will be times when the CES needs to establish if a notified vacancy is an acceptable vacancy it must try to fill and whether the employer is genuine and acting in good faith.

  (2) No.

  (3) The CES can refuse to help an employer fill a vacancy if:

  the CES considers that the employer does not genuinely want to fill the vacancy;

  the conditions of employment that the employer proposes would be in breach of an award or against the law;

  the employer's activities or the duties of the job are against the law; or

  handling the vacancy would bring the CES into disrepute with other employers or jobseekers.