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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21898

Mr Albanese asked the Minister for Employment Services, upon notice, on 18 September 2003:

Would he advise (a) what amounts will be paid to Job Network providers at the beginning of each quarter over the remaining duration of ESC3, (b) how these quarterly payments are calculated, and (c) whether providers are required to acquit these quarterly payments.

Mr Brough (Minister for Employment Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) Currently, the total amount for quarterly service fees payable at the beginning of each quarter is $29 million.

(b) The methodology used in calculating the payment is as follows:

Total referral, re-referral, Intensive Support Review and Intensive Support Job Search Training assessment interviews expected to occur during the financial year x appropriate fee in fee schedule x provider national business share divided by four.

(c) The quarterly payments to Job Network providers are based on expected servicing of relevant appointments and providers' national business share. Rather than line by line acquittal, they are subject to the performance management and monitoring processes set out in the Employment Services Contract 2003-2006. Unlike previous contracts, ESC3 contains provision for removal of all or part business for under performance.