7 October 2014
The Federal Member for Bennelong, John Alexander is encouraging local organisations that have the capacity and determination to help more job seekers find and keep a job, to submit a tender for Employment Services 2015-20.
Mr Alexander said the Australian Government is investing $5.1 billion in a new model to operate from 1 July 2015 to better meet the needs of job seekers, employers and employment services providers.
“The new model has a range of incentives to help employers take on new staff including significant wage subsidies for young job seekers, older job seekers and the long term unemployed.
“The new model also includes a revamped Work for the Dole programme which allows job seekers to demonstrate to future employers that they are keen and willing to work, while also giving something back to our local community,” Mr Alexander said.
He continued saying that the Government was keen to see high performing organisations – both small and large tendering for business.
“The Government is seeking to ensure that our employment services system is more efficient, effective and viable over the longer term.
“For this reason, the new model includes a significant reduction in red tape and stronger rewards for performance,” said Mr Alexander.
The Government has moved to five year contracts, introduced a new mid-contract price adjustment so that services can be maintained over the life of the contract, and a new regional loading in recognition of the higher costs of delivering services in some areas.
Government reforms will improve the operating environment for providers – significantly reducing red tape so that they can focus on helping people to find and keep a job.
“I encourage all local organisations – whether they are an existing employment provider or not, to consider submitting a tender to be part of the new employment services system,” Mr Alexander concluded.
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