Job Seeker Classification Instrument

The Job Seeker Classification Instrument is used to measure a job seeker’s relative difficulty in gaining and maintaining employment and helps identify what level of support the job seeker will need to help them find work. Job seekers must have an assessment when they first register for Australian Government employment assistance, and whenever their circumstances change.

The Job Seeker Classification Instrument is used to measure a job seeker’s relative difficulty in gaining and maintaining employment and to identify those job seekers who have complex or multiple barriers to employment that need further assessment.

Job seekers are assessed when they first register for employment assistance and any time they experience a significant change in their circumstances. This ensures they are allocated to the most appropriate level of jobactive assistance or other services such as Disability Employment Services and the Remote Jobs and Communities Programme.

Under jobactive, the Job Seeker Classification Instrument is used to allocate job seekers to one of the first two levels of employment assistance – Stream A or B as appropriate to their needs. It also identifies job seekers who have complex or multiple barriers to employment and may require a more comprehensive assessment through an Employment Services Assessment.

The Employment Services Assessment is used to determine if the job seeker requires Stream C services in jobactive or referral to other services such as Disability Employment Services.

Centrelink (Department of Human Services) will let job seekers know what they need to do when they register for assistance.

Read about who conducts Job Seeker Classification Instrument assessments and the components and results of the Job Seeker Classification Instrument.

Information for job seekers.