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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4781

Mr Street asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many people in the Geelong employment district are (a) registered as unemployed, (b) receiving unemployment benefits, (c) engaged in full-time employment under the Regional Employment Development Scheme, (d) receiving special benefits as a result of retrenchments, in industries affected by Government tariff decisions and (e) being retrained under the National Employment and Training System and receiving benefits and costs of full or pan time education.

(2)   What is the weekly cost to the taxpayer in respect of paragraphs (b), (c), (d) and (e) of pan ( 1 ).

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am informed that the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) At end-October 1 974 there were:

(a)   3,450 persons registered for employment in the Geelong Employment Office area;

(b)   1,765 persons in receipt of Unemployment Benefit;

(c)   56 persons engaged in employment under the Regional Employment Development Scheme (REDS);

(d)   439 persons in receipt of Special Adjustment Assistance; and

(e)   120 persons currently in training under the National Employment and Training System (NEAT).

(2)   Average weekly costs per person for each of the categories in (1 ) above are not compiled for individual employment office areas. Using the Australian-wide averages the estimated weekly costs for the Geelong area are about:

(a)   $60,000 in the case of Unemployment Benefit payments;

(   b ) $ 1 0,000 for employment under REDS;

(c)   $43,000 for Special Adjustment Assistance; and

(d)   $5,500 for training under NEAT.

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