I applied for nearly a hundred positions over this time, and received work on my own efforts. Judging by your description of the whole matter it looks as if they've succeeded.
Hello, I have just spent last few months with the worst Job agency I've ever encountered and looking for any advice or information.
I was made redundant in August last year 2012, went immediately on newstart allowance and was forced into signing up with a job network provider.
Having no idea about any of them I was given a list and chose at random "Job Prospects" in Footscray, VIC.
My first meeting consisted of me filling out a form and the receptionist telling me they offer a 12 week "Self Help" service whereby I look for a job by myself lol... I was unsuccessful during that time in finding anything other than a couple of casual days in my industry (finance and housing settlements).
Anyone been through this or know of anybody been through simliar? Have you tried contacting the talkback/media or your local member of parliament? I think it is a stupid system that needs to be changed.
It is just wasting Centre links time cancelling all these payments. This sounds like what used to happen with the Job Network system that was in place during the Howard era in 2002 – 2007 , they treated people like shit just to get the management fee every time you signed in for your Job Club visit.
Some of your comments up to signing a contract with the job network provider is the normal process but what I find disturbing is the way your case manager is acting towards you , it pretty much looks like this person is bent on getting their monthly bonus for getting you work , either part time or full time.
There is a Customer Complaints Line that you can ring ( 1800 805 260 ) to lodge a complaint about this case manager and the Job Network Provider in general and in your case , I would be lodging a written complaint about this case manager.
I was still getting casual days at work and still ringing and emailing saying I could not attend their apointments or "Job Clubs" and every fortnight I reported and declared my income I would find my payments cutoff, again I went thru the awful stress of waiting on hold and reinstating myself in the system.