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The Hon Brendan O'Connor

Minister for Employment Participation 23 September, 2008

Media Release

Proposed 'No Show No Pay' Compliance Arrangements

Tomorrow the Minister for Employment Pa rticipation, Brendan O'Connor, will introduce a

Bill to the Federal Parliament to amend the social securit y law to establish a new compliance framework.

The Bill will amend the Social Security Act (igyr) and the Social Security (Administration)

Act (iggg) to give effect to measures announced in this year's Budget Lo support the new employment services, in particular the introduction of a new job seeker compliance system.

As promised before the last election, the Rudd Government has reviewed the .Job Network and other employment programs and will introduce new employment services on July 1,

2009.

The Government is determined to have a strong, but fair compliance regime that will require job seekers to look for employment and improve their chances of employment.

The new compliance arrangements will affect people ww ho receive Newstart Allowance,

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Youth Allowance (Other), Parenting Payment or Special Benefit and have participation

requirements.

A key feature of the new compliance framework is a new work-like No Show, No Pay'

penalty. Just like a job, if a j A seeker does not attend a required activity such as Work for

the Dole without a reasonable excuse they will lose a day's pay for ever y day missed.

An eight-week non-payment penalty will be retained for wilfully and persistently non-compliant jobseekers.

Job seekers who receive an eight-week non-payment penalty can have their payment re-instated if they agree to participate in an intensive compliance activity for 25 hours a week

for up to eight weeks.

As is currently the case, job seekers who fail to attend an appointment with Centreli nk or

their provider will have to attend a reconnection appointment.

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