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Better services and more sites under new employment services contract.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Media Release

04403

Better Services And More Sites Under New Employment Services Contract

The new Active Participation Model of employment services will commence this week, providing for more job seeker activity, have more sites and even better services for jobseekers and employers.

Federal Minister for Employment Services, Mal Brough, today said the new model will offer services from over 2500 sites Australia-wide, with one-stop shops for job seekers and improved job placement arrangements providing for more advertised vacancies and faster notification of job matches.

Mr Brough said that the new contract starts tomorrow, with some transitional arrangements to roll out until October, but over recent months 241 new offices have already been opened, and 391 new job placement providers have been licensed. 716 of the new job search kiosks have been rolled out.

"Some of the features of the new system have already been implemented, like quicker notification of job matches by SMS, to take advantage of the additional jobs coming onto the Australian Job Search."

"Despite the fact that transition continues until October, results are already starting to show. We are calling in over 700,000 job seekers to get their new vocational profile or electronic resume onto the new system. These interviews are mandatory and job seekers must attend."

● 240,000 vocational profiles/resumes have been lodged on the national vacancy database

● over 60,000 matches have been notified to job seekers through the new auto-matching service

● the purpose-built transition system is handling over 1 million transactions a day

"Overall, we are seeing more providers offering improved services to both job seekers and employers, from more sites. The new model is a quantum advance on the old CES which only had 296 sites."

"The Job Network already achieves better outcomes at better value to the taxpayer than Labour’s CES/Working Nation arrangements. The Active Participation Model is further improvement again," Mr Brough said.

For further information contact:

David Moore 0417 774 724

30/06/2003