Work-for-the-dole and Jobactive performance reviews

Gaius Maxwell made this Freedom of Information request to Minister for Employment

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From: Gaius Maxwell

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Dear Minister for Employment,

I will breakdown my requests as succinctly as possible.

First, I am seeking documents and data related to the effectiveness of the work-for-the-dole program. I would also like this data to clearly differentiate from job seekers who have gained real part or full-time employment vs. the job seekers who are removed from unemployment statistics while in a work-for-the-dole placement.

Second, I request any documentation regarding what parameters are reviewed during a performance review of an employment service provider (Jobactive provider), and what the broad KPI or targets are for Jobactive providers, not the exact figures, just what a Jobactive provider is monitored on (e.g Partial outcomes, WFD placements).

Third, I would like to know which body was responsible for determining the fees paid to jobactive providers, specifically WFD placement fees vs. Partial-outcome fees, how they came to the final decision, and how the current fees are designed to reduce unemployment.

Fourth, Has there been any documentation or directive from the minister regarding how a Job Seeker is placed with a Jobactive provider (e.g to favour one provider over another), and also any information regarding how the system places a jobseeker with an employment service provider (E.G Location and alphabetical, or Location and performance).

Fifth and final, documentation regarding whether or not audits are taken on Jobactive providers, and if so, when the last audit took place. If audits are performed to give a breakdown of how many total participants a jobactive provider has, and how many of them they are claiming WFD placement fees, partial outcome fees, and full outcome fees for; Is the minister aware that Jobactive providers may be intentionally bending the law in order to double-dip and claim both WFD fees and Partial outcome fees at the same time (by placing participants who do not receive the full rate of income support into a WFD placement anyway, despite their ineligibility).

Yours faithfully,

Gaius Maxwell

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From: Employment - Minister Abetz
Minister for Employment

Dear Mr Maxwell,

We refer to your email of 31 May 2016, in which you requested access to
certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI
Act).

 

The subject matter of your request is more closely connected with the
functions of the Department of Employment (the Department). Accordingly,
we are writing to inform you that your request has been transferred to the
Department under section 16 of the FOI Act, on the basis that it is more
closely connected with the functions of that agency.

 

The Department has accepted the transfer and will contact you shortly in
relation to this matter. 

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions about your request, please
contact the Department on (02) 6240 7310.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Office of Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Minister for Employment

Minister for Women

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

P: 02 6277 7320 

 

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From: Employment - Minister Abetz
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Employment - Minister Abetz would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information request - Work-for-the-dole and Jobactive performance reviews [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]".
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From: Employment - Minister Cash
Minister for Employment

Dear Mr Maxwell,

We refer to your email of 31 May 2016, in which you requested access to
certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI
Act).

 

The subject matter of your request is more closely connected with the
functions of the Department of Employment (the Department). Accordingly,
we are writing to inform you that your request has been transferred to the
Department under section 16 of the FOI Act, on the basis that it is more
closely connected with the functions of that agency.

 

The Department has accepted the transfer and will contact you shortly in
relation to this matter. 

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions about your request, please
contact the Department on (02) 6240 7310.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Office of Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Minister for Employment

Minister for Women

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

P: 02 6277 7320 

 

Notice:
The information contained in this email message and any attached files may
be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8am - 5pm Local time)
and delete all copies of this transmission together with any attachments.

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From: Employment - Minister Abetz
Minister for Employment

Employment - Minister Abetz would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information request - Work-for-the-dole and Jobactive performance reviews [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]".
Notice:

The information contained in this email message and any attached files may be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, any use, disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8am - 5pm Local time) and delete all copies of this transmission together with any attachments.

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From: Employment - Minister Cash
Minister for Employment

Dear Mr Maxwell,

We refer to your email of 31 May 2016, in which you requested access to
certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI
Act).

 

The subject matter of your request is more closely connected with the
functions of the Department of Employment (the Department). Accordingly,
we are writing to inform you that your request has been transferred to the
Department under section 16 of the FOI Act, on the basis that it is more
closely connected with the functions of that agency.

 

The Department has accepted the transfer and will contact you shortly in
relation to this matter. 

 

In the meantime, should you have any questions about your request, please
contact the Department on (02) 6240 7310.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Office of Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Minister for Employment

Minister for Women

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service

P: 02 6277 7320 

 

Notice:
The information contained in this email message and any attached files may
be confidential information, and may also be the subject of legal
professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, any use,
disclosure or copying of this email is unauthorised. If you received this
email in error, please notify the sender by contacting the department's
switchboard on 1300 488 064 during business hours (8am - 5pm Local time)
and delete all copies of this transmission together with any attachments.

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From: Gaius Maxwell

Delivered

Dear Minister for Employment,

I have acknowledged your reply and don't fully agree with your position.

I would certainly hope that the Minister has some form of documentation or evidence to show the performance of the work-for-the-dole program; or is it the Minister's intention to waste hundreds of millions of tax payer money on a program that may be highly ineffective?

Yours faithfully,

Gaius Maxwell

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