Australia is a world leader in employment participation according to a report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today. Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis said the report confirms the Australian Government’s employment participation programs are contributing to Australia having high employment and work participation rates among G7 and G20 countries. “The Australian Government’s key priority is supporting jobs for Australians - since coming into government we have created more than 840,000 jobs despite the GFC and have an unemployment rate the envy of the developed world at 5.2 per cent,” Minister Ellis said. “Our Job Services Australia has placed 1.4 million people in work since it commenced and 20,000 a year more than the previous incarnation under the Coalition - the Job Network. “This latest reseach by the OECD confirms our $10 billion investment into our employment services is delivering returns for our economy.” Minister Ellis today announced the launch of the Australian Government’s ‘Employment Services - Building on Success’ issues paper for discussion on the future structure and delivery of Job Services Australia beyond 2015. “We want to build the ultimate model for the future of Job Services Australia and want to hear from industry, employers and the sector about how we can build an even better system for job seekers and employers,” Minister Ellis said. “Our reform to the sector has made huge gains in getting more Australians, including our most disadvantaged Australians into work, but there’s still more to do and we are always looking for ways to get better results.” Key themes of the issues paper includes: • Meeting the needs of job seekers • Working in partnership with employers • Stronger partnerships with other services • New ideas for a better system • Less red tape For more information and to download or comment on the issues paper visit: www.deewr.gov.au/employmentservices2015 Consultation will run until 15 March 2013. We will be talking direct with job seekers, employers and employment service providers to get their ideas on how we can improve our system. DEEWR will begin consultation forums from early next year.