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Jobs and Small Business became a component of the Jobs and Innovation portfolio in December 2017 to bring together policy and programs focusing on job creation. The portfolio consists of two sub-portfolios: Jobs and Small Business; and Industry, Innovation and Science. Audit considerations for the Industry, Innovation and Science sub-portfolio are discussed separately.
Read an overview of the Jobs and Small Business portfolio including details of key activities, expenses and staffing levels. The audit focus section outlines the influences on the ANAO’s allocation of financial audit resources and the selection of performance audit topics and other activities. Also included is a list of material and non-material entities within the portfolio with their corresponding risk profile and key risks. Any risks that are considered key audit matters (KAMs) by the ANAO are separately identified.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s implementation of compliance activities to monitor employer adherence to Commonwealth workplace laws.
The Fair Work Ombudsman, which was allocated $110 million in departmental appropriations for 2018–19, is responsible for undertaking investigations and enforcement activities to monitor employers’ compliance with workplace laws.
An audit would examine the effectiveness of the delivery and operation of the Work for the Dole activities.
As part of the Government’s changing of mutual obligations for income support recipients, Work for the Dole was expanded in 2015 to include all income support recipients assessed as being eligible to find employment. Work for the Dole is an activity in the Department of Jobs and Small Business’ jobactive program (with annual funding of $160 million) and the Community Development Program (annual funding of approximately $70 million), a remote employment service managed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
In January 2018, the Department of Jobs and Small Business planned to redesign the delivery arrangements for Work for the Dole activities, with contracts for Work for the Dole coordinators terminated. Under the new model, jobactive employment service providers will be solely responsible for sourcing, managing and negotiating activity costs with host organisations. This approach is similar to the model used in the Community Development Program.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Department of Jobs and Small Business’ design and monitoring of the Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare, Trial and Hire) program.
The PaTH program is the Government’s key employment program for young jobseekers, providing them with skills training to better understand workplace expectations, and 4- to 12-week unpaid internships for an additional $200 a fortnight added to their income support payment. Employers are provided with $1000 per internship, and can receive a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 for employing an eligible jobseeker aged 15–24 years.
The program was announced with a budget of $751 million over four years and commenced in early 2017.