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The Hon Brendan O'Connor

Minister for Employment Participation 16 May, 2008

Media Release

New employment services discussion paper released

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, today released a discussion paper The Future

of Employment Services in Australia on the new employment services system that will replace the Job

Network from July 1, next year.

Speaking at the at the National Employment Services Association Leadership Forum in Sydney today, Mr

O’Connor said the discussion paper followed the Rudd Government’s Budget announcement of $3.7 billion for

a simpler, more effective, better targeted and modern employment services system.

“The previous Liberal Government was lazy and failed to reform the Job Network which is now out of date,

inefficient and complex,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The Government’s new employment services system strongly emphasises ‘work readiness’, providing greater

skills development, training, work experience and tailored case management for job seekers.

“It will also promote stronger ties with employers which will ensure job seekers develop the skills in greatest


Other features of the new system include:

z Providing every job seeker with their own Employment Pathway Plan with services, training and work

experience to help secure employment; z Retaining and improving Work for the Dole and Green Corps as part of Work Experience options;

z Stronger links to training with $880 million for an extra 238,000 training places for job seekers;

z Greater emphasis on a ‘work culture’ via a ‘No Show, No Pay’ rule and increasing work experience

places by 50 percent; and, z Reducing red tape for employment service providers allowing them to spend more time with job


Mr O’Connor said the discussion paper was the result of extensive consultations with employment service

providers, employer groups, welfare organisations and state and federal MPs under the review of employment


“The new system delivers on the Rudd Government’s commitment to review the Job Network and significantly improve employment services,” he said.

The new system will begin from July 1 2009. Consultations on the discussion paper will be held in every

capital city and some regional locations next week.

The discussion paper can be viewed at\ESreview with submissions closing on June 12.

Details of consultation session locations and times can be obtained by ringing 1300 733 514.