I have little faith in their merit and again, here’s why:
A long time ago NOVA chose 2 indicators that we considered to be the best indicators of quality when it came to the services received by job seekers.
They were, in no particular order:
1. Jobs that lasted for 6 months or more AFTER the end of any subsidy
2. Jobs that were for at least 15hrs employment each week.
I would like to take personal credit for these but they were ‘borrowed’ from a chap called Marc Gold, a pioneer of the inclusion of people with disability into mainstream award wage work. Mr Gold subsequently passed away but he left a legacy of commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for service users.
The present practice of recognising all work as equal is actively disengaging the most disadvantaged Australians and needs to be stopped.
People with disability deserve better, people with disability can do better and here’s some facts to prove same
Weekly Working Hours
All DES-ESS (that’s services like NOVA)
Less than 15 hrs: 37%
More than 15, less than 30hrs: 38.3%
More than 30hrs: 24.7%
Less than 15 hrs: 14.7%
More than 15, less than 30hrs: 50.1%
More than 30hrs: 35.2%
So, if you come to NOVA there’s a better chance you will have a more financially rewarding employment outcome, there’s double the chance you will get less than 15hrs employment if you go somewhere else.
‘Whoopi do’ for us.
What these numbers actually prove is that people with disability can hold down jobs with greater hours. These numbers prove that people with disability WANT to work greater hours and these numbers show employers will take people with disability into such positions and continue to employ them in same.
Our job seekers are quality, their work is quality and surely all people with disability are entitled to be serviced by programs that are encouraged to aim high. Presently ‘aiming high’ requires a philosophical commitment to achieving best outcomes, the present funding system actively discourages this.
The ‘Star’ Ratings are actively manipulated by programs that essentially offer employers free workers in exchange for minimum (8) hour commitments that are heavily (as much as 100%) subsidised.
The numbers quoted above are clear proof that people with disability want to do more and that they can do so.
The Commonwealth needs to incentivise meaningful outcomes and cease the continued emphasis on distorting labour market data through ‘participation’ numbers.
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