Apparently the Job Network results are oozing out and I suspect may contain some high profile demises!
They ain't us and despite rumours to the contrary we will still be here come 1st July.
NOVA Employment is NOT part of the Job Network - we are part of the Disability Employment Network which is similar, but as the name implies, has a different focus.
That said, the system used to enable foreign organisations to take Australian taxpayers money overseas while unemploying local workers and community focused organisation should be reviewed and reviewed now - it's already wreaked havoc.
Let's just think about some simple examples. I have a Job Network business in a country town. I will be measured against all job seeking firms in my Employment Services Area - an area often enormous that may see me competing directly against job seeking agencies in Metropolitan areas.
I lose (this is a no-brainer, I can't win) and my business loses its contract. A new business takes over. Who will they hire? The same bunnies (cos we are all there is) and the cycle repeats itself or they will bring in new workers - why will these do better? Heaven only knows, its a mystery only understood by Government.
What is happening is that the number of agencies servicing job seekers is reducing. This is the underlying administrative aim.
Innovation, choice, new methods and any effort to better meet job seekers needs have been and will be abandoned in favour of the pursuit of fairly meaningless 'Stars'. What our funding body will get is what they measure - however, that assumes that what they are presently measuring is what people want. My contention is that this is not the case.
As hundreds of first class staff are retrenched in the pursuit of an ideologically driven agenda the real losers are the unemployed and particularly those who have greatest disadvantage.
Mr O'Connor - it's time to step in.
Our Minister (Mr O'Connor) faced press questions before the actual Job Network - sorry, Job Services Australia results were announced. Not for me to comment on the decisions and, as I said above, this doesn't effect us but I can't resist some words on the maths: Journo: 'how many services were there and how many will there be'? Minister: 'there were 280, now there will be 140(ish) and some 50 odd previous providers will now become sub-contractors' Wait for the math....'So the 'vast' majority of existing providers will continue to provide services'.
I must have gone to a cheap school: 280 - 140 = 140 (give or take a couple), that's 50% and the 50 subbies - for as long as they remain such bring the total to 190 - so 90 programs presently delivering services now won't be after July 1st.
What about their staff? Minister: 'these are very skilled and valued workers and the demand for their expertise (this isn't a quote, just my recollection)will be increasing. So, the new services will want these folk but the Government didn't?
4 & 5 Star service providers have lost their contracts.
Heaven only knows - apparently its got something to do with better services - in a period of rising unemployment I doubt this is the way to go.
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