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12.2 Criteria for Determining whether Employment is Suitable Employment
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The definition of 'suitable employment' sets out four statutory criteria indicating whether particular employment is suitable:
(i) the client's age, experience, training, language and other skills
(ii) the client's suitability for rehabilitation or vocational retraining
(iii) where employment is available in a place that would require the client to change his or her place of residence – whether it is reasonable to expect the client to change their place of residence
(iv) Any other relevant matter.
A Delegate must 'have regard to' these criteria when determining whether employment is suitable for the particular client. In making this assessment, the following points should be noted:
- regard must be paid to all four criteria – no one criteria alone can be determinative of the issue
- regard must be paid to the client's individual circumstances as well as to any general rules designed to ensure consistency in decision-making in this complex area
- the inclusion of 'any other relevant matter' as a criteria invites consideration of special circumstances and unusual features of each individual case.