Business welcomes employment services reform

Employers welcome the government’s announcement that it will reform the employment services system to give disadvantaged job seekers the best chance to find work, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

“We know the system can do much better for disadvantaged job seekers and to help employers source the talent and skills they need, and this package is a step in the right direction.

“For most people a job is the best path to a dignified and purposeful life. Disadvantaged job seekers require the most support and it makes sense for the government to dedicate more resources and personalised support to them.   

“Reforming the important principle of mutual obligation will help deliver greater flexibility for job seekers, with greater scope to find the jobs that suit their individual circumstances. The Business Council will also continue working with the government to ensure that employment services have a strong focus on literacy and numeracy training for those who do not meet the minimum standard. 

“Pilot sites in Adelaide South and the Mid North Coast of New South Wales will be a good opportunity to work through the detail and test new components of the reform.

“Business is ready to work with government on improving employment services to ensure they can find the right candidates and to give as many people as possible the dignity and economic freedom only a job can provide.”