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Title Activating jobseekers : how Australia does it
Published [Paris] : OECD, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (249 pages) : illustrations
Contents Foreword; Table of contents; Acronyms and abbreviations; Executive summary; Summary and recommendations; Chapter 1 The background to active labour market policies in Australia; Introduction; Demography, immigration and education; Labour market trends; Labour market situation of specific groups; The role of social and labour market policies; Patterns of labour market spending; Notes; Bibliography; Chapter 2 The institutional set-up of Australia's labour market policy and employment services; Introduction; Key actors in labour market policy
Contracting-out under Job Network and Job Services AustraliaFeatures of JSA contract management; Disability Employment Services; Project funding; Human resources and workload in employment services; Notes; Bibliography; Chapter 3 Job brokerage and activation strategies in Australia; Introduction; Scheduled interventions in the unemployment spell in the JSA model; Provider fees and the Employment Pathway Fund; The Job Seeker Classification Instrument, Job Capacity Assessment and Star Rating system; Incentive implications of the JSA funding model
Providers' operational strategies and operating environment42Placement performance and Star Rating outcomes; JSA client groups; Key points; Notes; Bibliography; Chapter 4 Unemployment and related benefits in Australia; Introduction; The main working-age benefits; Exemptions and suspensions from active jobseeker status; Participation requirements and the compliance regime; The history of activation of unemployment and inactive benefits; Evaluation findings from the reforms of inactive benefits; Income support recipiency rates and employment rates; Key points; Notes; Bibliography
Chapter 5 Australian active labour market programmesIntroduction; International comparison and overview of active labour market programmes; Training programmes; Work experience programmes; Start-up incentives; ALMPs for specific target groups; Monitoring and evaluation of active labour market programmes; Key points; Notes; Bibliography; Annex 5.A1 National programme level data for public expenditure, participant stocks and expenditure per participant-year, 2001/02 to 2010/11
Summary This report on the recent Australian experience with activation policies contains valuable lessons for other countries that need to improve the effectiveness of employment services and control benefit expenditure. It provides overview and assessment of labour market policies in Australia including the main institutions, benefit system, training programmes, employment incentives, and disability employment assistance. Australia is unique among OECD countries in that its mainstream employment services are all delivered by over 100 for-profit and non-profit providers competing in a "quasi-market", with their operations financed by service fees, employment outcome payments, and a special fund for measures that tackle jobseekers' barriers to employment. In most other OECD countries, these services are delivered by the Public Employment Service. In the mid 2000s, several benefits previously paid without a job-search requirement were closed or reformed, bringing more people into the effective labour force. Australia now has one of the highest employment rates in the OECD and this report concludes that its activation system deserves some of the credit for this relatively good performance. The Job Services Australia model, introduced in 2009, reinforced the focus on employment outcomes for highly-disadvantaged groups. This report assesses the latest model for activation and puts forward some recommendations to improve its effectiveness
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Unemployed -- Australia
Vocational guidance -- Australia
Vocational guidance.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789264185920