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Setting the record straight: the Coalition's proposed jsa work test



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Richard Alston

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SOCIAL SECURITY

NEWS RELEASE

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT:

THE COALITION'S PROPOSED JSA WORK TEST

Several members of the welfare lobby including Julian Disney of ACOSS and Robert Hudson of VCOSS as well as Senator Richardson in his failed press conference on Tuesday have claimed that the Coalition's Fightback initiative to require proof of work search from those who have been on the job search allowance (JSA) for 6 or more months will create an unbearable impost on employers. This is false.

Julian Disney has claimed that the Coalition's approach will lead to ”10 or 20 million bits of paper from employers having to be submitted every year." (AM program,

In actual fact, what will be required is for the unemployed person to have their SU19 review forms (which are mailed to them by Social Security each fortnight, which must then be handed in to the Department at the end of each fortnight) to be endorsed by two employers from whom work has been sought.

Employers will not be required to supply any paper work themselves.

Already, a de facto rule within Social Security is that the unemployed fulfil the work test requirements attaching to receipt of benefit if they put on their fortnightly SU19 forms the names of two employers who were approached for work in the previous fortnight.

What the Coalition will be requiring proof of is simply what is supposedly current practice.

For Senator Richardson to claim that enforcing this rule will create an added burden on employers and would "drive them mad" is nothing but an admission that his Department is not already enforcing its own guidelines, for if the rules are being carried out, then employers will be required to do little more than they already are.

21/11/91)

13 December 1991. COMMONWEALTH

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