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Monday, 15 June 2009
Page: 6015

Dr SOUTHCOTT (6:00 PM) —I would like to ask the minister a question about Job Services Australia. With respect to the Job Services Australia tender, is the minister aware of any employment-services providers who were not preferred tenderers in a specific employment-service area on 5 March, and who were not advised by email in the department’s communication of 16 March that they were preferred tenderers, but were subsequently offered business in that employment-service area on 2 April? Can the minister provide the reasons for these employment-services providers being offered additional business in each ESA in which this occurred? How were the employment-services providers, who were invited in at this stage, chosen? How were the ESAs chosen? Who made this decision? Can the minister advise in which employment-service areas this occurred?