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Request for Tender for Employment Services 2015-2020 Information Session. Overview of Presentation. The new approach to employment services Changes from the Exposure Draft Services to be tendered Purchasing arrangements. Disclaimer. Tenderers must: make independent assessments

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request for tender for employment services 2015 2020 information session
Request for Tender for Employment Services

2015-2020

Information Session

overview of presentation
Overview of Presentation
  • The new approach to employment services
  • Changes from the Exposure Draft
  • Services to be tendered
  • Purchasing arrangements
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Disclaimer

  • Tenderers must:
      • make independent assessments
      • seek independent business advice if necessary
  • This session provides information only:
      • no statement varies the RFT unless confirmed on AusTender
      • variations will be posted on the AusTender website
employment services 2015
Employment Services 2015
  • Promote stronger workforce participation by people of working age and help more job seekers move from welfare to work
what is being purchased
What is being purchased?
  • Services in non remote parts of Australia:
    • Employment Provider services
    • Work for the Dole Coordinators
    • New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
    • Harvest Labour Services
    • National Harvest Labour Information Service
what has changed since the exposure draft
What has changed since the Exposure Draft?
  • Job search requirements
  • Job seeker compliance
  • Provider partnerships and group tendering
  • Services to job seeker cohorts
  • Regional Loading
employment provider service o bjectives
Employment Provider service objectives
  • Meet needs of employers
  • Increase job seeker activation and stronger Mutual Obligation
  • Increase job outcomes
  • Cut red tape

Section 2.2

51 employment regions
51 Employment Regions
  • Access to larger pools of job seekers and employers
  • Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics areas and labour market features
  • Eligibility for regional loading
  • Coverage

Section 7.8.1

employment providers
Employment Providers
  • Employment Providers will:
    • conduct an initial interview and negotiate a Job Plan
    • assist job seekers to be work ready
    • manage job seekers so they fulfil their Mutual Obligation
    • report non-compliance to the Department of Human Services
    • refer job seekers to jobs and engage with employers
    • provide post placement support

Chapter 2

how job seekers access services
How job seekers access services
  • Most job seekers will be referred by the Department of Human Services
  • Eligibility is generally based on receipt of Income Support
  • Job seekers will be classified into three Streams
      • Stream A are the most job competitive
      • Stream B require assistance to be work ready
      • Stream C have a combination of serious job and non-job issues
  • Some job seekers can volunteer
  • Change providers after 2 or 3 years

Sections 2.6 and 2.7

stronger participation incentives for job seekers u nder 30
Stronger Participation Incentives for Job Seekers Under 30
  • Stream A and some Stream B job seekers
  • Monthly contacts with an Employment Provider to:
    • refer to jobs
    • monitor job search and Work for the Dole participation
  • Wage subsidies and relocation assistance
  • Related income support changes subject to legislation

Section 2.5.1

initial interview
Initial Interview
  • Comprehensive and face to face
  • Focus on available jobs for Stream A
  • Identify job seeker strengths and work ready strategies for Streams B and C

Section 2.9.4

job plan
Job Plan
  • Individual plan
  • Includes activities to satisfy Mutual Obligation requirements
  • Flexible, living document

Section 2.9.5

employment fund
Employment Fund
  • Pool of funds so job seekers meet the needs of employers and get and keep a job
  • $990 credit for Long Term Unemployed Wage Subsidy

Section 2.9.7

additional tools
Additional tools
  • Wage Subsidies:
    • Restart (mature age 50 years plus)
    • Youth
    • Long term unemployed people
    • Indigenous
    • Tasmanian Jobs Programme
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Job Commitment Bonus

Sections 2.5, 2.9.9, 2.9.10 and 2.9.11

mutual obligation
Mutual Obligation
  • Requirements under Social Security law
  • Attend appointments
  • Comply with Job Plan
  • Undertake job search
  • Annual Activity requirement

Section 2.10

annual activity requirement
Annual Activity requirement

*Requirements for people aged 55-59 are subject to legislation

Section 2.10

managing job seeker compliance
Managing job seeker compliance
  • Report non-compliance to the Department of Human Services
  • The Department of Human Services will be the decision maker on all compliance matters

Section 2.15

payments to providers
Payments to Providers
  • Administration fees
  • Work for the Dole places
  • Outcome Payments
  • Mid Deed adjustment
  • Regional Loading

Section 2.16

administration fees
Administration Fees

Section 2.16.2

work for the dole places
Work for the Dole places

Section 2.11 and Table 2.6

outcome payments
Outcome payments
  • Full: Payable for cessation of income support at 4, 12 and 26 weeks of employment
  • Partial: Payable for 60 per cent reduction of income support at 4 and 12 weeks of employment
  • Verified through earnings declarations to the Department of Human Services where possible
  • Education outcome for 15-17 year olds

Section 2.16

employers
Employers
  • Job seekers with the right skills
  • Job seekers with the right attributes
  • Wage subsidies
  • Post placement support
  • Collaboration between Employment Providers

Section 2.13

performance framework
Performance framework
  • Indigenous Outcome Targets
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Efficiency
    • Effectiveness
    • Quality and Assurance
      • Quality Assurance Framework
      • Compliance Indicator
      • Service Guarantee and Service Delivery Plan
      • Business reallocation

Section 2.18

transition
Transition
  • Principles:
    • Continuity of employment services
    • Job seekers:
      • stay with their current provider where possible
      • referred to Employment Provider services taking into account their individual circumstances
    • Continue to support connections between employers and job seekers where possible
    • Support future arrangements
  • IT development

Section 2.19

work for the dole coordinator objectives
Work for the Dole Coordinator Objectives
  • Finding places that provide job seekers with
    • work-like experiences
    • skills that are in demand
    • relevant training

Section 3.2

work for the dole coordinators
Work for the Dole Coordinators
  • One per Employment Region
  • Secure places
  • Collaborate
  • Risk Assessment
    • Undertaken by a Competent Person
  • Media and Promotion

Section 3.3

payments
Payments
  • Establishment Fee
  • Six monthly Service Fee
  • Place Fee

Section 3.5

performance framework1
Performance Framework
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Efficiency
    • Effectiveness
    • Quality and Assurance
  • Contract reallocation

Section 3.8

neis objectives
NEIS objectives
  • Help job seekers start-up their own small business
  • Increase financial viability
  • Increase off-benefit rates
  • Cut red tape

Section 4.2

neis service requirements
NEIS Service Requirements
  • Selecting eligible job seekers to undertake NEIS Training
  • Assessing and approving business plans
  • Monitoring the performance of the business
  • Providing advice and mentor support

Chapter 4.4

neis payments and contracting
NEIS Payments and contracting
  • Up to $5580 for each participant
  • Up to three Providers per Employment Region
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Efficiency
    • Effectiveness
    • Quality and Assurance
  • Business Reallocation

Sections 4.8 , 4.10 and 4.11

objective of harvest labour services
Objective of Harvest Labour Services
  • Supply labour to meet the needs of growers
  • Mobilise workers from outside a Harvest Area
  • Connect people on income support

Section 5.2.1

harvest labour services
Harvest Labour Services
  • Identify, promote and refer job seekers
  • Payments:
    • Service Fee of $53 900 per quarter
    • Placement fee of $49.50
  • Harvest Areas decided through the tender process.
  • Annual performance assessment

Chapter 5

objectives of national harvest labour information service
Objectives of National Harvest Labour Information Service
  • Develop and disseminate information about harvest related work

Section 5.4.1

national harvest labour information service
National Harvest Labour Information Service
  • The Service will:
        • produce an electronic Harvest Guide
        • maintain information on the Harvest Trail website
        • deliver a free-call national telephone service
  • Single provider
  • Service Fees by competitive Tender

Section 5

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Employment Services 2015-2020

Purchasing Arrangements

request for tender overview
Request for Tender Overview
  • Probity
  • Purchasing Process
  • Tender Lodgement
  • Selection Criteria
  • Feedback

Chapter 6 and 7

probity principles
Probity Principles
  • Fairness and impartiality
  • Consistency and transparency
  • Encouraging competition and participation
  • Identifying and managing conflicts of interest
  • Security and confidentiality
  • Compliance with relevant legislative obligations and the Commonwealth Procurement Rules
  • Establishing and maintaining a clear audit trail.

Section 6.1

purchasing process
Purchasing Process
  • This is a Procurement
  • Commonwealth Procurement Rules apply
  • Value for money principles
  • Consideration of risk to Commonwealth

Section 6.2

communication protocol
Communication Protocol
  • Minimise risk
  • Meetings with Ministers and the Department
  • Questions about the RFT

Appendix E

eligibility to tender
Eligibility to Tender
  • Australian Government Departments
  • Group tendering
  • Competing entities
  • Collusion and improper influence
  • Conflict of interest

Section 6.4.9

referees
Referees
  • Current employment services providers
  • Tenderers that do not provide employment services

Section 7.12.3

electronic tender lodgement
Electronic Tender Lodgement
  • Electronic tender lodgement conditions
  • Only with AusTender (www.tenders.gov.au)
  • Application forms
  • Corrections and additions
  • Incomplete tenders or non competitive tenders

Section 6.5.2

late and non conforming tenders
Late and non-conforming tenders
  • Tenders will be excluded if:
      • Lodged incorrectly or late
      • Not written in English

Section 6.5

contracting with the department of employment
Contracting with the Department of Employment
  • Draft Deed
  • Offer of business
  • ABN required
  • Training available
  • Indigenous Opportunities Policy

Section 6.9

evaluation process
Evaluation Process
  • Registration and Conformance checks
  • Evaluation of selection criteria

Section 7.12.2

evaluation process1
Evaluation Process
  • Preliminary Allocation of Business
  • Capacity to Deliver
  • Capacity to Contract
  • Decision by Delegate

Section 7.12.4 to 7.12.8

deed offers
Deed Offers
  • Execution of Deeds of Standing Offer
  • Gap filling

Section 7.12.10

feedback and contact details
Feedback and contact details
  • Feedback on implementation and purchasing
  • Employment Services Purchasing Hotline
    • 1300 733 514
    • espurchasing@employment.gov.au
  • www.employment.gov.au/employment-services-procurement-information
  • www.tenders.gov.au