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Media Release

CATHERINE KING MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

12 August 2003

Daylesford Woman in Job Network Bungle A 56 year old Daylesford woman being matched with training in the Australian Army Reserve further highlights the fundamental flaws within the Government’s much vaunted Australian JobSearch 1300 number service, Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, said today.

The Daylesford woman was last week matched with the Australian Army Reserve at Newtown in Geelong.

This case follows last months revelations that an escort agency and a company wanting to launder money in Australia were able to advertise for workers on the Government run JobSearch website.

“My constituent suffers from high blood pressure, severe arthritis in her hands and does not have access to her own transport.” Ms King said.

“This case highlights the serious limitation with the JobSearch 1300 number service. The position she was offered clearly is not suited for her.”

These problems with auto-matching should come as no surprise. Back in July 2002 Jobs Australia, the peak body representing not-for-profit Job Network providers, warned:

“To undertake auto-matching five days a week could be counterproductive in promoting job search activity. Auto-matching will not increase the pool of available vacancies, so the likely result will be that job seekers will apply for more jobs and be forced to deal, on average, with a higher number of rejections. … We expect high levels of frustration and burnout for jobseekers experiencing, and required to experience, a regime of frequent rejections.”

(Jobs Australia Submission to DEWR, 19 July 2002)

“There is a serious problem with the Federal Government’s JobSearch system, to the extent that a 56 year old woman is asked to join the Army Reserve in Geelong.

“The Government needs to explain to my constituent why she has to train with the Australian Army Reserve or lose her Newstart Assistance.” Ms King concluded.

For further comments contact: Catherine King 0412 115 408 Or for further information contact: Chris Reilly 53388123 or 0417 122 343