Obligation Without Opportunity calls for a major overhaul of Australia’s employment service system, Workforce Australia.
Released ahead of the Jobs and Skills Summit, Obligation Without Opportunity finds that:
- Employment services are failing to place people in work, are prone to errors, and have cost taxpayers billions
- Almost two thirds of people in the system (58 percent) surveyed by Anglicare Australia have had a debt. Almost half of the time, provider or system errors caused the debt (47 percent)
- This is backed by official figures which show an error rate of between one in five and one in two
- Most people say the activities that providers are paid to run are pointless (79 percent)
- Very few people believe that Centrelink obligations are helping them find paid work (13 percent)
- An overwhelming number of people (74 percent) want to do Centrelink activities that are fair. Even more (75 percent) want to do activities that lead to work.