Jobs Minister Kelly O’Dwyer announced an overhaul of the government’s outsourced jobseeker program Jobactive on Wednesday, after a recent Senate inquiry found the scheme did not help people find work.
The new system will use a digital platform to match job-ready jobseekers with suitable vacancies and also allows users access to suitable training, advice or guidance if needed.
The government said savings from digital servicing will be reinvested in the system to provide tailored face-to-face services for those needing extra help when looking for work.
Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (AUWU) media officer Jeremy Poxon said while the government had made a few small steps in the right direction, he was concerned that digitising employment services would only mean more punishments for the unemployed.
SOURCE: Luke Michael. “Welfare Advocates Attack Move to Digitise Employment Services.” Pro Bono, 21 March 2019.
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