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Monday, 18 November 2002
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Senator Crossin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment Services, upon notice, on 17 October 2002:

(1) How many `Work for the Dole' activities have occurred in the federal electorate of Solomon.

(2) How many people have participated in these activities.

(3) How many people have been successful in gaining full-time employment at the completion of: (a) 3 months; (b) 6 months; and (c) 12 months, of Work for the Dole placements.

Senator Alston (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The Minister for Employment Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Since Work for the Dole commenced in November 1997 there have been 90 activities approved in the electorate of Solomon.

(2) There have been 931 commencements.

(3) (a) The Department's Post Programme Monitoring (PPM) survey is conducted 3 months after a job seeker exits a Departmental programme. PPM data for participants who exited the Work for the Dole programme in Solomon between November 1997 and 31 May 2002 indicates that of the 125 who responded to the survey, 16 were in education and 32 in employment of which 15 (11.1%) were in full-time employment.

(b) Data is not collected.

(c) Data is not collected.