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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 120

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

In respect of the new Universal Employment Services Contract for 2009-2012, will providers be required to have documented evidence to prove a participant’s participation in a non-vocational activity.

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

Evidence of participation in a non vocational activity may be established in a number of different ways, including written and verbal advice. The level of documentary evidence required for an individual job seeker will be determined by the employment service provider based on the nature of the non vocational activity and the individual job seeker’s circumstances.

Providers will be required to monitor the job seeker’s participation and attendance at appointments and activities, including non vocational activities, included in a job seeker’s Employment Pathways Plan. If a job seeker fails to participate in an activity included in the Employment Pathways Plan, providers are required to ascertain if the job seeker had a reasonable excuse, and if compliance action is warranted.

As is the case now, participation in some interventions can not be mandatory, for example medical treatment. This will continue to be the case.

The guidelines for documentary evidence for Employment Services 2009-12 will be made available to employment services providers prior to the commencement of the new employment services on 1 July 2009.