The Senate has today supported the Australian Greens referral for a Senate Inquiry into the jobactive employment program.
“The jobactive program is delivered by a network of providers in over 1700 locations across Australia and we need to ensure that they are doing the best for jobseekers, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“There has been numerous reports from people looking for work that the program is not delivering and significant problems with the adequacy of support to find work. Proper scrutiny of jobactive is long overdue.
“ The Government outsources to these private contractors and they need to be accountable.
“These contractors have a lot of power over people’s lives.
“A recent discussion paper into jobactive found that almost half of the people in jobactive have remained in the service for two years or more and among the most disadvantaged jobseekers, the average length of time on the caseload is five years. This raises serious questions about the program’s effectiveness.
“We need to get to the bottom of why the system is not working and how better to support people’s needs.
“We need to see that contracted providers are accountable to job seekers and the Parliament.”
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