27 July 2022, Guardian Australia, Luke Henriques-Gomes. Access the full article here.
Department of employment intended to ban practice before reversing course after ‘strong feedback’ from industry
The employment services industry successfully lobbied to stop a proposed rule banning providers from referring jobseekers to their own training courses under the new $1.5bn-a-year Workforce Australia model.
In a potential windfall for providers, Guardian Australia can reveal the department of employment last year intended to ban the practice before reversing course after “strong feedback” from the industry.
That included claims from providers that the ban would be “counterproductive” to the “viability” of the Employability Skills Training program (EST), through which $500m will flow to private providers over the next five years.
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