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Tuesday, 4 April 2000
Page: 15211


Mrs Crosio asked the Minister for Employment Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2000:

(1) What are the names of the Job Network providers contracted by the Government in the electoral division of Prospect.

(2) How many providers placed a bid for a contract with his Department and what were their names.

(3) By what sum did the GST increase the tenderers' figures.

(4) Were any existing Job Network providers' bids rejected by the Government; if so, (a) which providers and (b) for what reasons.


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

(1) The organisations contracted to provide Job Network services in Prospect are: Centacare Australia Ltd; Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre Limited; Uniting Church Council of Mission Trust Association; Fairfield Community Services Inc; Industrial Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd; T&A Skills Care Service Pty Ltd; Mission Australia; and, Adult Multicultural Education Services.

(2) A total of 418 organisations submitted bids to deliver services in response to the Employment Services request for Tender 1999. Employment services tenders were submitted to my Department on a confidential basis. In view of the commercially sensitive nature of the information, I am not able to release details of the full range of organisations that submitted tenders.

(3) The 1999 Employment Services Request for Tender asked for tenderers to submit prices which took GST into account. The estimated impact calculated for the industry sector as a whole is 7.2% as notified in the Request for Tender documentation.

(4) Employment services tenders were submitted to my Department on a confidential basis. In view of the commercially sensitive nature of the information, the Department is not able to release details of those organisations that submitted tenders and were previously Job Network members nor the reasons for the rejection of their bids.