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Productivity Commission to conduct independent review of Job Network.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 

Media Release

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Productivity commission to conduct independent review of Job Network Minister for Employment Services, Mal Brough, advised today that an independent review of the Job Network will be undertaken by the Productivity Commission.

The review is part of the Government’s comprehensive strategy released in 1998 to evaluate the Job Network.

The review will be conducted as a public inquiry and will examine the policy framework for the Job Network, areas where it can be improved and the potential for application of the model to other types of Commonwealth Government services.

The Government will announce the commencement of the review later this year.

Mr Brough said this independent review demonstrated the Government’s continuing commitment to transparency in the operations of one of its major policy and programme innovations by subjecting the performance of Job Network to further detailed scrutiny.

"Job Network is now well into its second contract period and it is now timely to commission a comprehensive assessment of its effectiveness. It is also time to identify any opportunities for further development and better performance beyond the major success already being achieved," Mr Brough said.

"This Review will draw on the professional evaluations conducted by my department, the performance audits undertaken by the Australian National Audit Office and the external Review of Australian Labour Market Policies recently undertaken by the OECD expected to be released next month."

 

For further information contact:

Greg Jackson  0419 713 246

 

 

24/07/2001