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Job Network services available for war widows, widowers and partner service pensioners.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 

Joint Media Release

09802

Job Network Services Available For War Widows, Widowers And Partner Service Pensioners

Australian war widows and widowers, and partner service pensioners will become eligible for additional government assistance to find work from July 1 next year, Minister for Employment Services Mal Brough and Minister for Veterans Affairs Danna Vale announced today.

Mr Brough said the Howard Government’s Job Network would extend its full range of services to war widows, widowers and partner service pensioners from that date, which will coincide with the commencement of the Government’s third Employment Services Contract.

"That is not to say that they will be required to actively seek work," Mr Brough said. "But if they want help to find work, we will stand ready to help them and offer the full range of Job Network services.

"I want to stress that participation will be entirely voluntary and pensioners will not be subject to Mutual Obligation requirements."

Available assistance will include such things as job search training, automated matching to job vacancies, access to accredited training, work experience and help with fares.

The new arrangements will address the current situation where war widows/widowers and partner service pensioners are precluded from accessing the full range of Job Network services because they do not receive an eligible Centrelink income support payment.

Mrs Vale said by changing the eligibility criteria for Job Network services, the Government would give people receiving these pensions access to the full range of Job Network services.

"I welcome these changes as another step forward in meeting the needs of the veteran community and particularly those whose partners have lost their lives as a result of their service to the nation," Mrs Vale said.

"The Government recognises that war widows and widowers and the partners of veterans have made a significant contribution to the country and I am pleased the Government will now be providing the extra assistance and encouragement that the younger members of this group may need to participate in the workforce."

 

For further information contact:

Greg Jackson Minister Broughs Office 0419 713 246

Jane Seaborn Minister Vales Office 0417 265 289

 

8/09/2002