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New employment services discussion paper released.
The Hon Brendan O'Connor
Minister for Employment Participation 16 May, 2008
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“The previous Liberal Government was lazy and failed to reform the Job Network which is now out of date,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: