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Monday, 1 December 2003
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Ms O'Byrne asked the Minister for Employment Services, upon notice, on 7 October 2003:

(1) For each year from 1998 until 2003, in (a) Australia and (b) the electoral division of Bass, how many people have participated in the Work for the Dole Scheme.

(2) Of those who have participated in Work for the Dole, how many subsequently found (a) full-time employment and (b) part-time or casual employment.

(3) How many of those who found employment were still employed after (a) six months, and (b) 12 months.


Mr Brough (Minister for Employment Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Breakdown of Work for the Dole commencements by year:

(a) Australia

Year

Total

1998

16,673

1999

33,631

2000

47,026

2001

58,288

2002

62,924

2003

53,151

271,693

(b) Electorate of Bass

Year

Total

1998

120

1999

258

2000

287

2001

195

2002

207

2003

266

1,333

(2) and (3) Work for the Dole is a Mutual Obligation and Work Experience programme. Employment is not a stated objective of the Programme. It is acknowledged however, that work experience is valuable and that continued engagement of a job seeker is vital in attaining an employment outcome.

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) undertakes surveys of former employment assistance participants three months after exiting programmes.

The Post Programme Monitoring survey measures outcomes achieved by job seekers three months after they exit the Work for the Dole programme. Job seekers are categorised as employed, unemployed, not in the labour force or currently receiving further DEWR funded labour market assistance.

Data for the period from the inception of Work for the Dole in November 1997 to December 2002 are shown below. The data show the employment status of participants who undertook Work for the Dole placements nationally, three months after exiting the programme.

Additional survey based research conducted by DEWR indicates that for Work for the Dole in general, the proportion of clients in employment increases considerably between three and 12 months after exiting placements. Information on the labour force status of clients at six and 12 months after exiting Work for the Dole is not available on an annual basis.

Full-time employment %

Part-time employment %

Australia16.216.314.511.111.5

Australia12.511.712.412.311.6

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002