I am grateful to Linton Besser (Sydney Morning Herald columnist) for hopefully giving me and people that have a disability the best ever Christmas present – a public review and expose of the systematic corruption that is Australia’s employment service industry.
The distortion created by the Star Rating system that is used to identify ‘high performing’ (What an obscene joke) services has led to lost opportunities for people that have a disability and for a morale cancer within the system that has ruined the lives and careers of those affected by it.
You can check back through this blog our constant opposition, not to accountability which is how it’s been portrayed, but to a system that rewards small insignificant work and penalises those that make genuine efforts to improve the lot of their job seekers (and that’s not just NOVA, it’s a ‘shedload’ of other community based not for profits that entered this game to improve the lot of people with disability.
It’s not just Job Services Australia that has issues – we have credible reports of cycling amongst DES programs. Let me explain this: The employment Agency gets you a job and support you to the paydays (13 & 26 weeks). You then mysteriously lose your employment, only to magically become re-employed in the same position and again the Agency claims 13 & 26 week outcomes.
One of the performance measurement systems used in the Star Ratings relates to the time it takes from registration to finding a person a job. The truth is that it takes NOVA about 20 weeks and that this is our average – I wring my hands over it and wish we could do better. What has been worse is that some of our competitors have this time down to 5 days!! People with Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other significant disability in the door and in employment in a week!
How’s it done?
See the example above – that’s how and also by buying small (8hr) positions that allow job seekers a glimpse of work but leave them at home for the rest of the week, twiddling their thumbs.
We remain steadfastly led by idiots toward a purchasing process that will see foreign owned and locally run for profits decimate this industry and leave people that have a disability that much poorer.
At least Mr Besser’s articles in the Herald let everyone know the secret is out.
Copies of my letters to successive Ministers pointing out the flaws in the purchasing process are available from this blog, directly from me or through a review of the submissions to the recent Senate Inquiry into this process.
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