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Annual record for job placements through Job Network.



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Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP

Minister for Workforce Participation 14 June, 2006

Media Release

Annual record for job placements through Job Network

The latest figures released today show the Australian Government’s employment service

providers have achieved record numbers of jobs for the unemployed the Minister for Workforce

Participation, Dr Sharman Stone announced today.

"Over the past year, Job Network members have placed more than 640,000 people into a job - 30 per cent of

these were long term positions for disadvantaged job seekers," Dr Stone said.

"The Coalition Government has created more than twice as many full-time jobs in the last year than labor did in

the last six years.

"There has never been a better time to find a job in Australia as unemployment has dropped to less than five per

cent and many of these jobs are in the retail, hospitality and manufacturing sectors where people can train on the

job.

"Our Job Network Members have had outstanding success finding jobs for single parents, the long term

unemployed and people with a disability, and we expect this success to continue.

"Over 90 per cent of those on parenting payments are women, many of whom have volunteered back to work,

even though they remain eligible for welfare.

"In the past twelve months alone there have been 44,900 jobs found for job seekers receiving a Parenting

Payment, which is a new annual record.

"More than 11,000 job seekers receiving the Disability Support Pension were placed in a job, a 45 per cent

increase over the numbers of the previous year and a new annual record.

"Currently, only those able to work more than 30 hours a week in open employment are required to look for

work - after 1 July 2006, those able to work at least 15 hours a week will be supported back to part-time work,

where suitable jobs are available.

In the past year to April 2006 more than one million new vacancies were lodged on the Job Network National

vacancy database, an increase of four per cent on the previous 12 months.

"We expect this figure to continue to increase as more employers become aware of the advantages of creating a

flexible workplace and the availability of highly productive employees who have been long-term unemployed,

parents, people with a disability and mature age people.

"In the past year, nearly 100,000 people who have been unemployed for over 12 months were placed into a

position and more than five per cent of these are long-term placements," Dr Stone said.

The Job Network Performance Profile is available on the Australian Workplace Internet site at

www.workplace.gov.au

For further information contact:

Sarah Blakers 0421 587 207