Job system overhaul for small businesses welcomed

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the Coalition Government’s commitment to transform Australia’s employment services model to deliver better outcomes for job seekers and employers.

“Small businesses find the current system difficult to use and, as a result, rarely use job-active providers to fill vacant positions,” Ms Carnell said. “The proposed new model will address one of the biggest problems small businesses face when trying to hire new staff – finding job seekers with relevant skills to suit their business needs.”

The ASBFEO stressed that this development will mean employers won’t waste time sorting through unsuitable job seekers who are just going through the motions to achieve the necessary number of applications, also pointing out that if the job seeker doesn’t have the necessary skills, they will have access to training opportunities when they need it.

“Small-business owners spend long hours during the day working, so they might not have time to look for suitable candidates for their business until after hours,” Ms Carnell said. “The new digital platform will give employers the flexibility to search for suitable employees at a time that’s convenient for them.”

The ASBFEO emphasised its support for the channelling of money saved by job-ready seekers using a digital platform into providing more help for long term unemployed people who are struggling to enter the job market.

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