Red tape reduction will renew focus on assisting job seekers find work

Media Release
  • Assistant Minister for Employment

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today announced three measures which will cut red tape for jobs service providers and renew the focus on assisting job seekers.

Minister Hartsuyker confirmed the changes during a meeting with the National Employment Services Association in Sydney.

"The Coalition believes our job service providers should be focused on delivering outcomes for job seekers, rather than being drowned in a sea of paperwork," Mr Hartsuyker said

"Today’s announcement is an important first step as part of the Coalition’s long term commitment to cut red tape and ensure any Australian who is capable of working can get a job," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Firstly, under these changes job service providers will no longer need to retain paper copies of their records. They will only be required to keep electronic copies.

"A second measure is that from 1 December 2013 the Department of Employment will only be able to make changes to the contract guidelines on a quarterly basis, instead of current arrangements where they can be changed at any time.

"And thirdly, I have also extended the timeframe for lodging certain claims from 28 days to 56 days."

Mr Hartsuyker said the need to cut red tape in the employment services sector was consistently raised with him during his ongoing consultations.

"Over the past six weeks I have met with representatives from the employment services sector to hear first-hand about what works and what doesn’t, particularly in relation to linkages between employers, service providers and unemployed people," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Bureaucratic red tape has been high on the agenda of all those meetings and was again confirmed today at my roundtable discussion with NESA.

"The Coalition Government will continue to work with the employment services sector until we get the right balance between flexibility in service delivery and accountability for taxpayer funds.

"The current contract period for Job Services Australia ends on 30 June 2015 which provides an opportunity to develop and deliver a higher performing and more efficient and effective employment services sector," Mr Hartsuyker said.

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