The Greens have questioned why the Government has only released partial compliance data on the Jobactive Targeted Compliance Framework saying that it indicates that they have something to hide.
“The Minister has released an abysmal report on Jobactive that means it’s basically impossible to figure out what is going on with the Jobactive program and the demerit point system of the Targeted Compliance Framework", said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community services.
“I know they have much more detailed data, because they have tabled previous reports through the Estimates process. Previous reports include data on particular cohorts and on the 3 streams. What is the Government trying to hide by not releasing the data?
“I am deeply concerned about the impact the draconian demerit point system is having on vulnerable cohorts as previous reports have indicated there may be a disproportionate impact on homeless people, First Nations peoples and other vulnerable cohorts.
“We need to be able to properly scrutinise this controversial system which was found by the Senate inquiry to be not fit for purpose.
“Data I received through Questions on Notice showed that over 80% of people on the ParentsNext program who had their income support payment suspended under the controversial ParentsNext program were not at fault.
“There have been millions of occasions where payments have been suspended or cancelled and I think it is highly likely that many people were not at fault but the Government won’t release the full picture.
“The Senate inquiry found that people were not getting the right supports in their employment plan and this most recent data shows that 44% of those issued 3 demerit points where subsequently found to have inappropriate plans.
“So people have to accrue demerits before their plan is re-assessed, meanwhile that plan was never fit for purpose in the first place.
“This needs to be fixed, people should not be punished because providers are not giving the right supports. Reforming the streaming system and supports for vulnerable people was a strong recommendation of the Senate inquiry which must be acted on.
“We shouldn’t have to wait until Estimates to get the full data on Jobactive, there should be open honest and transparent reporting on this Government program, it’s just not good enough.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie; 0418 401 180