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Govt clears red tape for jobseekers

Three moves announced by assistant minister for employment to ease the job hunting process.

The government has announced a package of measures to make it easier for jobseekers in Australia to find new work.

Assistant minister for employment, Luke Hartsuyker, unveiled details of three moves he said would cut red tape for jobs service providers and help people looking for jobs.

Speaking at the National Employment Services Association in Sydney, Mr Hartsuyker detailed the changes:

Job service providers will no longer need to retain paper copies of their records and will only be required to keep electronic copies.

From 1 December 2013, the Department of Employment will only be able to make changes to contract guidelines on a quarterly basis (current arrangements state they can be changed at any time).

The timeframe for lodging certain claims has been extended from 28 days to 56 days.

"The coalition believes our job service providers should be focused on delivering outcomes for job seekers, rather than being drowned in a sea of paperwork," Mr Hartsuyker said

"Today’s announcement is an important first step as part of the Coalition’s long term commitment to cut red tape and ensure any Australian who is capable of working can get a job.”

Posted by Craig Francis

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