Extra assistance to get more people into work
It is important that those who have a new obligation to seek work are provided with assistance to help them find a job.
The Government is investing more than $2 billion in new and expanded services over four years, focusing on parents and people with disabilities.
Accurately assessing the work capacity of people with disabilities is essential to determining who should have an obligation to seek work. A new comprehensive work capacity assessment will replace the various existing assessments for people with disabilities, and will be used to refer job seekers to the services they need.
The Job Network will play a central role in getting people into work. Funding for Job Network will increase by $681 million, reflecting extra places for job seekers and the introduction of new services.
Parents and mature aged job seekers will benefit from a new Employment Preparation service, which will allow Job Network providers to purchase skills training and assessments aimed at equipping these clients for a job that suits their individual circumstances.
People with disabilities will benefit from a new Pre‑Vocational Participation Account to provide pain management and work conditioning and allow them to become job‑ready quickly.
A new Wage Assist programme will allow Job Network providers to provide wage subsidies to employers who hire people who have been unemployed for a very long time.
$266 million will be provided for child care, including an extra 84,300 Outside School Hours Child Care places to assist working parents.
Other existing services will also be expanded, including more places for the Disability Open Employment Service, the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Programme and the Career Planning Programme.
13 2005-06 Budget Overview