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Thursday, 27 May 2004
Page: 29468


Mr Albanese asked the Minister for Employment Services, upon notice, on 10 March 2004:

(1) Does he recall telling the House on 18 June 2003 “If you compare this to Labor's failed alternative, the CES, in helping disadvantaged job seekers you find that their failed system helped only 27.4 per cent into work; whereas the Job Network is helping nearly double that number—46.6 per cent. What is the cost? The cost under the CES was a massive $12,800 for each of those outcomes, and today the figure is $3,900. That is $3,900 for an outcome compared to Labor's alternative, which was $12,800.”

(2) Could he provide the documentation and data supporting this statement.


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

(1) These statements were made on 18 February 2004.

(2) These data compare Intensive Assistance to the Working Nation programs that it replaced, including JobStart, JobSkills, JobTrain, SkillShare, New Work Opportunities, LEAP and Special Intervention. The outcomes data are available in the June 2003 edition of Labour Market Assistance Outcomes which is available on the internet at the Australian Workplace site. Data on cost per outcome has been released previously in various reports including the Job Network Evaluation stage 3. The figures contained in the Minister's statements have been updated to reflect the latest outcomes data.