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Employment outcomes data highlights need for job services reform


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment

The need for further reform of the jobs services system has been highlighted in the latest Labour Market Assistance Outcomes data released today by the Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker.

Mr Hartsuyker released the quarterly data for December 2012, March 2013 and June 2013.

“This data was not released by the previous Labor Government in the lead up to the Federal election,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The data reveals the proportion of Job Services Australia job seekers who secured an employment outcome dropped by more than 15 per cent in the final year of the Labor Government. This equates to 75,000 fewer job outcomes.

“According to the data, the number of employment outcomes has in fact been trending down for the past five quarters. But the most significant decline occurred between 30 June 2012 and 30 June 2013.

“This shows in graphic detail the softening of the economy and the lack of business confidence under Labor. Job seekers have been the ones to feel the brunt of Labor’s mismanagement of the economy.

“This is why I am continuing to consult with employment services providers about how we can make Job Services Australia more efficient and effective. Providers are telling me up to 50 per cent of their time is being taken up with red tape. This reduces the time they have to help job seekers into work.

“I have already announced a number of cuts to red tape to allow providers to engage with employers and refocus on delivering employment outcomes.

“We are currently reviewing every aspect of the JSA system, with a view to implementing a streamlined, more effective system from 2015,” Mr Hartsuyker said.