Work for the Dole is a vital part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to creating jobs for Australians. It is this commitment which has contributed to 2017 being the best year for jobs growth ever with over 400,000 jobs being created.
Most importantly, this program ensures that people are prepared for a future in the workforce not a lifetime of welfare subsidised by Australian taxpayers.
The majority of participants have reported that Work for the Dole improves their self-confidence, work-related skills and ability to work with others, as well as providing an opportunity to contribute to the local community.
In the Barker electorate, over 1,567 people have participated in Work for the Dole since the 2016 election.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin visited one such participant this week to speak about the program and find out first-hand the benefits for job seekers and the community.
Mr Pasin said Work for the Dole is a win-win program that gives participants a chance to gain valuable skills, experience and employment contacts.
“Local communities like ours benefit from projects completed by Work for the Dole participants.
“The program is having a positive impact and 30% of jobseekers who complete Work for the Dole are in a job three months after completing their placement. This success rate is better than the former Labor Government’s record.
“Unlike the Labor Party, the Coalition is committed to getting people off welfare and into work. Work for the Dole ensures taxpayers are not subsidising a lifetime of welfare but are instead preparing people to get, and stay in, a job.”
Job Prospects Business Development Consultant, Kim Cawthorne said the program had helped many in the local community gain skills and increase their confidence.
“We are delighted with the positive outcomes our participants are having through Work for the Dole, the activities give participants a sense of purpose and an opportunity to learn.”
For more information about Work for the Dole go to https://www.jobs.gov.au/work-dole
Contact: 8531 2466