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Joint Media Release

The Hon John Anderson MP

Minister for Transport and Regional Services

 

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

Minister for Employment Services

 

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald

Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

 

3 December 1999

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JOB NETWORK 2 - EMPLOYMENT BOOST FOR REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

 

The Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson and the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Ian Macdonald have welcomed today’s announcem ent by the Minister for Employment Services, Tony Abbott, of conditional offers of business to 205 tenderers for the second Job Network contract (Job Network 2).

 

Ministers Anderson and Macdonald said Job Network 2 will build on the success achieved since May 1998 in regional and rural Australia during the first Job Network contract.

 

“Job Network 2 will mean very positive outcomes for regional Australia. There will be more than 2100 Job Network sites across Australia, which is a 50 per cent increase on the 1400 sites under the first contract. This means better service coverage for job seekers and employers across Australia, including those in rural and remote localities,” Mr Abbott said.

 

“More than 300 new Job Network sites (including outreach sites) will be established in towns that currently do not have a regular Job Network presence. These include places such as Dorrigo and Bellingen in NSW, Daylesford and Nagambie in Victoria, Charleville, Mossman and Kuranda in Queensland and Karratha and Denmark in Western Australia. There has been almost an 100 per cent increase in the numbers of sites outside capital cities. More job seekers and employers will now have access to more Job Network sites. This is great news for regional Australia,” Mr Anderson said.

 

“The result of the tender process for Job Network 2 is a major win for the regions, providing a major boost to the provision of high-quality employment services in rural and remote locations across Australia,” Senator Macdonald said.

 

Mr Abbott said Job Network 2 will be a performance-driven system for the delivery of employment services in regional and rural Australia.

 

“The quality of tenders was very impressive and there was strong competition for business. Job seekers, employers and the general community can be assured that the best possible Job Network services will be provided in regional and rural Australia as a result of this process,” he said.

 

“Over 80 per cent of providers for Job Network 2 were providers under the first Job Network contract. They will be joined by some new high performers, which will help to build on the excellent performance across regional and rural Australia under the first contract.”

 

Successful tenderers have been sent a conditional offer of business and invited to enter into a contract with the Commonwealth to deliver Job Network 2 services. Tenderers who have not been made an offer are being offered the opportunity for individual feedback.

 

“Of course, the tender process is not yet complete. We are in the process of finalising the contracting and some unsuccessful tenderers may yet be offered business,” Mr Abbott said.

 

The Independent Probity Adviser for the Job Network 2 tender process, Blake Dawson Waldron Lawyers, has provided a sign-off that the tender process was conducted in accordance with the tender documentation.

 

Mr Abbott also took the opportunity to announce information on the performance of current Job Network members in getting people into jobs over the first Job Network contract period.

 

“As expected in a competitive market, the performance of service providers has varied. Given that past performance was a highly significant factor in the tender, it would be tempting to assume that this information would exactly match the outcomes of the tender process. But the tender process is not as simple as that,” he said.

 

“In addition to their performance in getting people into jobs, tendering organisations were assessed on their proposed strategies, their success in assisting the more disadvantaged job seekers, their ability to operate in a competitive environment, their financial capacity to meet contractual obligations and on their tendered price.”

 

Tenderers who want to find out more about the tender process for Job Network 2, can call the Tender Enquiry hotline on 13 62 65

 

 

For more information:

Simone Holzapfel 0417 656 668 Minister Abbott’s Office

 

Paul Chamberlin 0419 233 989

Minister Anderson’ s Office

 

David Moore 0418 210 441

Senator Macdonald’s Office

 

 

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