203 million is being invested in education and vocational training for those in prison, and support securing employment upon release through a job network provider
From 2003, Long-term unemployed people participating in the first three months of the Customised Assistance phase of the Job Network (the most intensive phase of Job Network assistance) were interviewed fortnightly by their Job Network provider and required to undertake work preparation and job-search activity for at least 25 hours a week.
Job Network providers were to a large extent paid according to the short-term employment outcomes they achieved.
Since 2003 every 'job seeker' who signs on for Newstart, who is defined as able to work, is immediately referred to a Job Network provider and they then pass through a sequence of services and episodes of 'mutual obligation', until they come off benefits.
You bounce from the Centrelink to the Job Network providers and they are both just a system that is quite impersonal.
However, problems inevitably arise when some clients (particularly the long-term unemployed) cannot find work even with the assistance of the job network provider.
The Howard Government's policy and implementation of mutual obligation financially rewards third party job network providers for breaching and creates and unfair and unjust welfare system.
In this study the involvement of a job network provider located in a large social service agency, with management extremely responsive to the issue of domestic violence, demonstrated key aspects of innovative practice and was highly responsive to domestic violence.
For example, one question asked of the job network providers was: "What ideas do you have of ways that job agencies may appropriately respond to issues of domestic violence as they affect employment, job training and education for the women accessing their service"?
It went on to argue that `some specific issues concerning sanctions for failure to commence with a Job Network provider .
The tension--indeed incompatibility--between state run (or auspiced) client brokerage by a case management service and the entrepreneurial logic of markets is presently quarantined by the sharp bifurcation of the roles of Centrelink and Job Network providers.
The research identified another major problem--the lack of dedicated referral pathways between Job Network providers
and those specialist programs that have been funded to deal with literacy issues.