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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 118

Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Employment Participation in writing, on 13 November 2008:

In respect of the new Universal Employment Services for 2009-12, can he provide an itemised breakdown of the $350 million in savings in employment services over 2009-12, as referred to in his media release of 13 May 2008.

Mr Brendan O’Connor (Minister for Employment Participation) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

As advised in the responses to the Senate Estimates Questions on Notice 262 (June 2008) and 899 (October 2008), as the new Employment Services are not based on the current model it is not possible to isolate the specific areas of saving and hence provide an exact breakdown.

In general terms the savings have been achieved by reducing red tape and unnecessary administration.