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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Job Seeker Rule Changes: What You Should Do Under New ‘Points-Based Activation’ System

From Monday 4 July 2022, Australian job seekers face a new social security system to police eligibility for support payments.

It replaces the “JobActive” system that requires a “mutual obligation” to apply for 20 jobs a month in order to continue paying.

Instead you now have to earn 100 points a month through various activities including applying for jobs, attending courses and even working.

This “point-based activation system” was designed with some changes made by the Albanese government under the Morrison government. This reflects recommendations made in 2019 by a Senate Select Committee inquiry that found the JobActive program to be punitive and “not fit for purpose”.

The investigation recommended that a wide range of activities be counted towards mutual responsibility requirements, and that those activities best promote work readiness.

The new system – now called Workforce Australia – does this with a list of more than 30 tasks or activities.

job planning

When you apply for income support, you’ll need to create a “job plan,” which will record everything you must do to meet the requirements of your spousal obligations.

This will be assessed on how well you can manage this job plan on your own. You will be assigned to either an “online employment service” or a service provider for personal assistance.

Providers have the power to customize plans by reducing the number of points required to job seekers every month or by increasing the value of points for activities.

how to get 100 marks

A job application (or what the system calls a “job search”) earns five points. You are generally expected to do at least five job searches a month (with a few exceptions, such as if you are taking an adult expatriate English course).

The balance of activities may include looking for work, training courses to improve skills, or activities that contribute to your employability. The following table summarizes these activities and their point values.

The full breakdown of the numeral system can be found here.

What if you don’t score 100 points?

If you fail to reach the 100 mark for no good reason, you will receive a demerit point – a formal warning. This will take you from the “Green Zone” to the “Warning Zone”.

Each demerit point expires after six months.

If you score three demerit points at any one time, you’ll need to attend a “competencies interview”—an “informal” interview with your service provider to review whether your job plan is right for you. Yes or No.

If you score five demerit points, you must participate in a “competencies assessment” – a formal interview with CenterLink. This meeting will have a direct impact on the payment. For example, if it is decided that your action plan is not fit for purpose, you are back in the green zone with a new plan. If not, you will be taken to the “penalty zone” – putting you at risk of losing payment.

If you fail to comply with any part of your job plan while in the “penalty zone,” you will be penalized for one week’s pay. If this happens again, you will lose two weeks of payment. If this happens the third time, your payments will be cancelled, and you will have to wait four weeks before applying again.

Essentially, three strikes into the penalty zone and you’re out.

What if you score more than 100 points?

A beneficial feature of the new system is the ability to bank additional points. So if you score more than 100 points in a month, you can use those extra points (up to a total of 50 points) in the next month.

Is this arrangement better?

Welfare advocates are concerned that this system could prove to be just as punitive as the old system.

There are of course discrepancies, such as different time commitments in the values ​​per point. The greater discretion given to employment service providers on job plans may also contribute to inequalities, especially for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

But in most cases the points-based activation system is an improvement over what it replaces. It provides more flexibility and emphasizes activities that contribute to employment, not just the activity that applies to jobs.

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