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CENTRELINK CHANGES TO JOB SERVICES AUSTRALIA

Job seekers will today begin receiving letters outlining changes to the Australian Government’s employment services.

Centrelink this week began sending letters to job seekers informing them that from July 1, the current Job Network will be replaced by the Rudd Government’s $4 billion new employment services, Job Services Australia: People, Skills, Jobs.

Job Services Australia folds seven separate programs into a ‘one-stop-shop’ and provides job seekers with more personalised services.

Under these new employment services, job seekers will develop an individual Employment Pathway Plan, which can include literacy and numeracy programs, work experience, help with resumes, trade equipment and training.

The new services will provide more access to training under the Government’s $2 billion Productivity Places Program.

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, said the letters are part of steps the Government is taking to ensure a smooth transition to the start of Job Services Australia on July 1.

“This letter is part of careful planning and preparation that the Government has been undertaking for some months in the lead up to the start of Job Services Australia,” Mr O’Connor said.

“From today job seekers will receive a letter and information sheet explaining changes to employment services and how Job Services Australia will better assist them. The letter will also include important details about their future services.”

Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig, said Centrelink is ready to play its part in delivering simpler and more effective employment services to help job seekers get sustainable work.

 
“The letters explain that job seekers should continue their usual contact with Centrelink and their employment services provider until their provider discusses the new arrangements with them, “Senator Ludwig said.

“Job seekers should read the letter carefully and understand how the changes will affect them.”

Some job seekers may be referred to a new provider as part of Job Services Australia.

While job seekers who voluntarily wish to change providers must contact the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260 before 1 July.

Job seekers with any questions are also urged to contact the Customer Service Line.

More information on Job Services in Australia here