Erwin, there may not be any point in flogging Centrelink …

Comment on A message from this vineyard: go horticulture! by Bob Durnan.

Erwin, there may not be any point in flogging Centrelink about this. As far as I can see, Centrelink staff are doing their job, which is to provide people with their welfare entitlements, and refer people who are unemployed and seemingly able to work to the privately-owned Job Services Australia (JSA) providers. This is the process decreed by successive governments. (Centrelink staff also give their clients access to current information about available jobs, and employers who are looking for workers. This is fine for highly motivated job seekers, but many unemployed are not ‘job-ready’).
The deal is supposed to be that if unemployed people don’t register with the JSA providers, then they won’t continue to get benefits from Centrelink.
The JSA providers tender to DEEWR for their contracts, which seem to be fairly lucrative, on the basis that they have the skills and determination to get unemployed people job ready and into available jobs. The JSA providers are responsible to DEEWR, not to Centrelink, which is marginalised in this loop.
If the unemployed people don’t co-operate with the JSA provider, or don’t accept jobs, then the JSA provider is supposed to report this to Centrelink, which cuts them off their benefits. Centrelink probably can’t physically take the unco-operative unemployed people to the grape farm at gun point, and chain them to the trellises without water until they pick the grapes. All it can do is to cut off the welfare supply.
What puzzles me, and what I think would be worth pursuing, is the issue of why DEEWR does not breach and penalise the JSA providers who seem to be entering contracts to get the unemployed into jobs, but then not carrying out their contracts. They seem to be not able, or maybe not willing, to do what is necessary to deliver the goods: they enter their contracts on the basis that they are expert wranglers, but then they seemingly fail to perform the most important wrangling on their agenda.
Does this failure include not being tough enough with their unemployed clients, i.e. not reporting quickly the failures to take up training and job opportunities?

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