Christian Porter MP congratulates new jobactive services

Christian Porter MP congratulates new jobactive services.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, congratulated seven organisations that have won contracts to deliver employment services to job seekers and employers in Pearce.

From 1 July 2015, the Government is introducing a new employment services model to be known as jobactive.

Mr Porter advised the below organisations had been selected through a competitive tender process to deliver one or more employment services in Pearce.

ORGANISATION                                                               LOCATION                                                                          CONTRACT TYPE

MAX Employment                                                                     Beverley                                                                                    Employment Provider

MAX Employment                                                                      Gingin                                                                                      Employment Provider

MAX Employment                                                                     Northam                                                                                   Employment Provider; Work for the Dole Coordinators

Skill Hire WA                                                                               Gingin                                                                                      Employment Provider

Skill Hire WA                                                                               Northam                                                                                  Employment Provider

Advanced Personnel Management (APM)                            Yanchep                                                                                   Employment Provider

MAX Employment                                                                      Ellenbrook                                                                              Employment Provider

“The current Job Services Australia system introduced by Labor was no longer meeting the needs of job seekers and employers,” Mr Porter said.

“Under Labor, employment services were allowed to focus on process rather than results, to churn job seekers through training for training’s sake and employment services had become bogged down in red tape.

“The Coalition’s new jobactive system will provide clearer incentives to ensure employment service providers are focused on better preparing job seekers to meet the needs of local employers and helping people to find and keep a job.

“In addition to the new jobactive system, there is also the Job Commitment Bonus to encourage young job seekers to stay in work and off welfare.

“Work for the Dole will be rolled out nationally to help job seekers to learn new skills and remain active and engaged while looking for work.  There will be new Work for the Dole Coordinators working with local community organisations to identify activities and places.”

The Government has also made changes to assist employment providers to deliver services on the ground.

“This includes less red tape, the introduction of five year contracts instead of three, a mid contract price adjustment, larger employment regions to promote economies of scale, and an additional loading to support service delivery in regional Australia,”  Mr Porter said.

“There has been strong interest in the Government’s tender and organisations were assessed in terms of their capacity to meet the needs of local job seekers, their past performance and their organisational and management arrangements.”

The tender was conducted by the Department of Employment in accordance with the Government’s procurement rules and signed off by an external probity adviser.

In the coming months, local job seekers will receive advice on which organisation will assist them with looking for work after 1 July 2015.  In the meantime, job seekers should continue to work with their existing Jobs Services Australia provider.

“I congratulate the organisations who have won contracts to deliver jobactive services in our community and look forward to working with them to ensure local job seekers and employers are receiving the services they need,” Mr Porter said.

Further information on jobactive is available at www.employment.gov.au/employment-services-2015 or via the Department of Employment’s purchasing hotline (espurchasing@employment.gov.au) or 1300 733 514.