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Cheryl Kernot - Well Who Is The Job Network Helping? http://www.alp.org.au//media/0501/ckmsjn110501.html Monday, 14 May 2001

Well Who Is The Job Network Helping?

Cheryl Kernot - Shadow Minister for Employment and Training

Media Statement - 11 May 2001

A new evaluation report on the Job Network released today by the Department of Employment (as distinct from an independent monitor) has found that disadvantaged groups are not faring well under the Job Network.

The report states:

"some groups have consistently lower outcomes than other job seekers across all services. These include older job seekers (aged 55-64), those on unemployment allowances for more than two years, job seekers with less than year 10 education, indigenous job seekers and those with a disability." (p5)

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Commenting on the Department's Job Network evaluation, Cheryl Kernot, Shadow Minister for Employment and Training said today:

"If as this Report shows, the mature age, the very long term unemployed, those with low education, the indigenous and those with a disability are not faring well under the Job Network, then the question must be asked who is faring well?

"This appears to confirm that those being helped by the Job Network are those who would be the easiest to place under any employment services system. Labor has acknowledged the strengths of the Job Network but believes there has been sufficient time to analyse, and now correct its flaws.

"A design flaw is the lack of guaranteed training under the Job Network. This is clearly holding back many disadvantaged job seekers from getting work. The Job Network needs to be changed so that there is a guarantee of training in Intensive Assistance as well as under Work for the Dole.

"A further problem is that the Mature Aged job seekers are not even allowed to access the Job Network until they have run down their savings. The Government should adopt the recommendations of their own Age Counts report and reverse this situation.

The report also found that only an extra 3% of people who undertook Job Search Training left benefits compared to a similar group of people who didn't undertake the program. This means for every 103

people who found a job under Job Search Training 100 would have found a job anyway. For Intensive Assistance the figure was only 10%.

Problems were also identified with referrals for Job Search Training, with only 22% of those referred actually commencing. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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