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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 148

(Question No. 295)

Senator Patterson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, upon notice, on 25 May 1993:

  (1) What current employment and training programs are there specifically for older unemployed people.

  (2) How much is expended annually on each of these programs for older people.

  (3) How many older unemployed people receive assistance through these programs each year.

Senator Robert Ray —The Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question.

  (1) There are two broad groups of employment and training programs:

  labour market programs; and

  entry-level training programs.

  Except for the Landcare and Environment Action Program and the Accredited Training for Youth Program, which are specifically targeted to unemployed youth, no labour market program is targeted exclusively to any specific age group.

  Entry-level training programs such as traineeships and apprenticeships are directed primarily at younger people, but the Commonwealth does not set age limits which would exclude older participants. In practice very few older people participate in entry-level training programs.

  (2) and (3) Commencements of clients aged 50 and over on DEET Labour Market Programs in 1992/93, to 31 May 1993 are:




Special Intervention 2,515

Job Search 1,882

Mobility Assistance 380

Contracted Placement 632

Post Placement Support 10

Post Placement Support for People

with Disabilities 6

Work Experience for People with

Disabilities 43

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme 234

Office of Labour Market Adjustment

Programs 1,987



Total Commencements 27,985

  With the exception of the JOBSTART wage subsidy program, it is not possible to determine the share of total expenditure which goes to clients aged 50 and over. Expenditure on JOBSTART in 1992/93, to 31 May 1993, for clients aged 50 and over is $14.5m.