This circular is to advise you of changes to the delivery of redeployment and career advice services provided by the Australian Public Service Commission.
2. There has been a sharp decline in the number of clients referred to the APS Labour Market Adjustment Program (APSLMAP) over the life of the program for redeployment assistance and other support. The numbers have declined from 1,100 in 1996-97 to 43 in 2001-02. It is expected that referrals will continue at present low levels or decline further. This is partly due to a reduction in the level of downsizing occurring in APS agencies and partly due to agencies accessing private sector providers of such services.
3. As a consequence of the declining use of APSLMAP, it has been decided to discontinue the program with no new clients being accepted from 1 January 2003. Clients in the program at that date will continue to be managed in accordance with the current program provisions until the end of their retention period.
4. The APS Commission will, however, continue to provide a career advising service to agencies for surplus, excess and other affected employees on a full fee-for-service basis through the Regional Services Groups. This service will focus on providing short-term intensive career counselling sessions to referred individuals. Sessions would inform individuals about their situation and assist them to identify strategies and options that they may wish to pursue.
5. Agencies will be free to negotiate the level and nature of services they will provide excess or potentially excess employees in the context of their obligations under their Certified Agreements and Australian Workplace Agreements, as has been the case for some years.
6. General enquiries in relation these changes should be directed to the APS Commission's Helpline on (02) 6202 3859 or employmentadvice [at] apsc.gov.au.
Acting Group Manager
Policy and Employment Group