Minister releases job seeker compliance data

Media Release
  • Assistant Minister for Employment

The Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today released three reports summarising job-seeker compliance data up to 30 June 2013.

“These three reports were not released by the previous Labor Government,” Mr Hartsuyker said.   

The data reports non-compliance by job seekers and gives details of the penalties applied.  The data reveals the majority of job seekers do meet their participation requirements. 

“Each year around 35 000 job seekers are reported by their employment service providers for a failure to meet these requirements on five or more occasions.

“This is an unacceptably high figure. The Government is committed to ensuring all job seekers are held accountable for their behaviour when they repeatedly fail to meet their job search obligations.

“Australia’s welfare system provides a safety net for people who lose their job.  In return, taxpayers ask that job seekers take seriously their obligation to look for work.

“The Government is committed to ensuring that all job seekers understand and fully adhere to their mutual obligation requirements.”

The compliance data has been uploaded to the Department of Employment’s website.

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Media line: (02) 6240 8667, media@employment.gov.au