Objective 2 - Helping jobs seekers move from welfare to work

A key jobactive objective is to help job seekers move from welfare and to find and stay in work. As noted in Objective 1, reduced reliance on income support payments is associated with higher levels of economic and social participation.

Table 2. Results for Objective 2
Indicator Target Result
Proportion of job seekers moving off income support—or with
reduced reliance on income support—six months after participating
in jobactive
40% 44.1%

This performance measure is designed to indicate the extent to which jobactive leads to a sustainable, reduced reliance on income support payments. A significant reduction in a job seeker’s reliance on income support payments is defined as an average reduction of 60 per cent or more.

The measure is calculated using administrative data sources. A snapshot of the income support status of all job seekers on the jobactive caseload was taken at the end of each month between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. Each job seeker’s income support status at this point was compared with their income support status six months later, measured between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. The department reports publicly on this measure each year.

In 2017–18, 44.1 per cent of job seekers moved off income support or significantly reduced their reliance on income support six months after participating in jobactive. This exceeds the target of 40 per cent by 4.1 percentage points. This is an improvement on performance over 2016–17 when 42.1 per cent of job seekers moved off income support or significantly reduced their reliance on income support six months after participating in jobactive.