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Monday, 10 November 2008
Page: 10439


Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, in writing, on 26 August 2008:

(1)   How many jobs does the Government forecast will be created over the 2008-09 financial year.

(2)   How will her department measure job vacancy data over the 2008-09 financial year.

(3)   Will the Industry Skills Councils have access to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Jobs Vacancy Data over the 2008-09 financial year.


Ms Gillard (Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   I refer the honourable gentleman to the reply to a Treasury Question on Notice (bet 101) containing the Government’s forecast of the increase in the overall number of employed persons from the June quarter 2008 to the June quarter 2009, which is posted on the following website: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/economics_ctte/estimates/bud_0809/Treasury/answers/bet101.pdf.

(2)   The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) measures and publishes job vacancies listed on the Department’s Australian JobSearch (AJS) website. DEEWR also produces the Skilled Vacancies Index and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Vacancy Index. It also assesses skills in demand at the national, State and Territory, and regional levels. The Department also analyses job advertisement data from ANZ Bank, SEEK, Olivier and other private sector agencies.

(3)   ABS will not be producing its Job Vacancies series in 2008-09.