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Tuesday, 14 October 1975
Page: 2091

Mr Snedden (BRUCE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

What are the present functions of the Commonwealth Employment Service?

Mr Riordan - The Minister for Labor and Immigration has supplied the following answer to the right honourable member's question:

Briefly, the present functions of the Commonwealth Employment Service are:

(a)   the registration, referral and placement of applicants for employment;

(b)   the raising, registration and filling of job vacancies;

(c)   the collection of statistics relating to the labor market including comprehensive monthly surveys of CES transactions in dealing with the unemployed, the numbers unplaced at the end of the survey period, vacancy activities, unemployment among school leavers, the handicapped, Aborigines and apprentices, employment and overtime in larger private factories with appropriate comments on the reasons for significant variation in figures;

(d)   the provision of Vocational Guidance or Employment Counselling when necessary;

(e)   the review of industrial, occupational and related trends with regard to present and future demands for labor and to give advice and information on labor market trends to employers and prospective employees in the area;

(f)   to offer a special employment counselling and placement service to school leavers, the handicapped, older workers, discharged servicemen, ex-prisoners, aborigines and migrants. A special service is also offered in respect of professional employment, harvest labor requirements and in meeting requirements for major construction and other projects;

(g)   to advance fares (on a repayable or non-repayable basis) to workers proceeding to jobs or employment interviews for work to which they have been referred by the CES;

(h)   to operate the National Employment and Training System. This includes the identification of clients likely to benefit from training, counselling clients about training opportunities, approving courses of training within given delegation and the supervision and oversight of ongoing training;

(i)   to receive, investigate and make recommendations on claims for Income Maintenance and/or relocation under the Structural Adjustment Assistance Scheme;

(j)   to refer and place clients in Regional Employment Development Scheme (REDS) projects; and

(k)   to act as an agent for the Department of Social Security in relation to the administration of certain provisions of the Social Services Act 1947-1975, particularly in the issue and receipt of claim forms and first income statements for unemployment benefit and in the administration of the 'work test' which is the system used to determine whether suitable employment is available for a claimant or recipient of unemployment benefit.

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