TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DIGITAL MISMANAGEMENT CONTINUES IN APPRENTICESHIP SYSTEM

6 Jul 2017

Once again the government is bungling its technology supplier contracts and making life harder for people that rely on government services.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DIGITAL MISMANAGEMENT CONTINUES IN APPRENTICESHIP SYSTEM

 Once again the government is bungling its technology supplier contracts and making life harder for people that rely on government services.

The government had promised Australian apprentices and their employers improved services to be delivered through an upgraded digital platform putting an end to cumbersome paper-based administrative systems.

The multi-million dollar Australian Apprenticeship Management System (AAMS) should have been up and running by mid-2016. As it stands the AAMS platform is already 12 months late with completion not expected until November this year.

Assistant Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships Karen Andrews needs to come clean and explain the delays and the impacts they are having on apprentices and their employers.

Ms Andrews also needs to make firm guarantees that the new system will not lead to the type of chaos seen with Centrelink’s Robodebt and the Australian Census debacle.

Since the government took office the number of apprentices has declined by more than 145,000.  Apprentices and their employers need support, not more empty promises and incompetence from the Turnbull government. 

The Turnbull government’s track record on managing the basic services provided by the Commonwealth is abysmal. It is too paralysed by internal divisions to focus on the needs of the Australian people.

  THURSDAY, 6 JULY 2017