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Better services for job seekers

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

The Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis, today announced results for a tender of the Job Services Australia 2012–2015 Request for Tender (RFT).

Seventy organisations submitted a total of 235 individual tender bids and at the conclusion of a rigorous assessment process, 10 organisations were allocated the available business across the 12 service areas.

Ms Ellis said that as a result of both the Job Services Australia Business Review and the 2012­-2015 RFT, around 27,000 job seekers will receive services from a higher performing provider from 1 July 2012.

“Job Services Australia was established in 2009 and since then has recorded more than one million job placements across Australia,” Ms Ellis said.

“The program has already proven to be extremely successful in placing people in jobs – performing at a 70 per cent improvement rate on the previous system.”

“This competitive tender process has been designed to ensure that high performing services can continue the work that they do best – finding Australians work – while improving the quality of service in areas where we could be doing better.

The Australian Government will invest around $5.5 billion in Jobs Services Australia over the next four years.

For further information on the Job Services Australia visit: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/EmploymentServicesProcurement/Pages/default.aspx