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Tuesday, 4 April 2000
Page: 15212

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

(1) How many Community Support Programme (CSP) providers are located in the electoral division of Prospect.

(2) What are the names of the providers.

(3) How many persons in the electoral division of Prospect are participants in CSP.

(4) Which services were accessed by CSP participants in the electoral division of Prospect.

(5) How many tenders have been received for the second round of the programme from the electoral division of Prospect.

(6) Were any Employment National branches CSP providers; if so, which branches.

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

(1) There are two CSP providers located in the electoral division of Prospect.

(2) The providers are both located in Fairfield, NSW and are:

. Centacare; and;

. Mission Australia.

(3) A total of 224 people have participated in the CSP in the electorate of Prospect since May 1999, of these 165 are currently participating in the programme.

(4) The CSP was developed to help job seekers overcome their severe and/or multiple barriers to employment before participating in Intensive Assistance in the Job Network. CSP providers assist participants to develop a plan to address their needs and then act as brokers to assist participants to access services already available within the community or within their own organisations. The services to which CSP participants are referred will depend on the participants' specific needs and circumstances but may include helping participants access counselling, stable accommodation, drug or alcohol rehabilitation programmes and other activities addressing significant or debilitating personal development needs.

(5) The tender process is currently under way and I expect to announce successful providers in late March. Due to probity concerns I cannot advise on the number of tenderers whilst the process is still under way.

(6) No Employment National branches were CSP providers.