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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New Contract but no change!
New Contract but no change!
Today marks the first day of a new Disability Employment Service (DES) contract.
There are new players and new rules....
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The administrative burden of a new Disability Employment Service contract (starts July 1st) and the mountains of paperwork required for an NDIS dollar (approximately 10X that of the former TTW program) has seen us add 3 extra staff to the admin team and we are still receiving a large volume of enquiries that are causing us some time delay in getting back to folk....
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We are moving into a new world of greater consumer choice and greater mobility of job seekers....
Making a tough job tougher!
Making a tough job tougher
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NOVA employs around 190 people, an effective and experienced team who are able to draw upon a staff of highly skilled trainers and a support program honed over almost 30 years and tens of thousands of participants....
Your Work There was never any doubt in my mind that I would work. My dad told me I would work and there wasn't ever a suggestion that my future held an alternative option....
Not so bad! Taken from: Today's Guardian at 4.09pm Tuesday 7th November 2017:
In a world full of discouragement there’s always a space for good news....
The NDIS mantra is 'choice and control'
To be valuable, choice needs to be informed.
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It's voting time at "Focusonability" - with a record number of films entered, a tremendous effort by more than 100 High Schools and 19 countries competing in the International section it was always going to be a hard job to pick a winner....
Choice & Control
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"Employment for All - A Global Perspective" brought workers from around the globe (primarily Europe) to discuss best practice in supported employment....
Quality and the Stars Quality and the Stars
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The Stars, ranging from 1 to 5 are supposed to give some insight into whether a service is a poor or high performing program....
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A corner turned?
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Say No to Quotas!
The pernicious idea that 'quota's' might be the solution for disability employment continue:
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The number of placements made has seriously improved - up 31% in 2015 and a further 14% in 2016, NOVA operates at at rate of placement better than 150% over 2014!
Whats really exciting is that this has been achieved without compromising on the level of disability that can be supported by NOVA's teams (if anything this has risen)....
Famous last words!
O.K. - sorry that you need to cut and paste: http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/100-million-payday-for-1anhour-staff-with-disabilities-20161216-gtcius....
Not sure if this will be my last blog post for 2016 but just in case, a quick look back at 2016:
Best ever year for total number of placements
Best ever year for long term employment outcomes
Best ever year for Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Best ever year for Transition to Work outcomes
Best ever year for media coverage
Best ever year for 'Focusonability'
Best ever year for Transition to Work (TTW)
How about 2017?
Looking good, so stay in touch and have a terrific holiday, be safe and hopefully Santa will bring you all that you wish for....