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74 new Work for the Dole projects in Victoria.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 

Media Release

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74 new Work for the Dole Projects in Victoria The Minister for Employment Services, Mal Brough today announced 74 new Work for the Dole projects in Victoria.

“This is the third round of projects for 2001 and will provide 1147 jobseekers in Victoria with a broad range and choice of worthwhile work experiences,” Mr Brough said.

There are 219 new projects across Australia, providing work experience opportunities for more than 3000 job seekers overall.

Victoria’s projects include making videos covering issues facing unemployed people as well as web design and publishing across Melbourne. Participants will assist to make Christmas cards for community organisations and provide paintings for elderly peoples homes and hospitals in East Melbourne.

There is also a project to restore and maintain an ocean-going steam tug and two lifeboats at Docklands, which will provide participants with the opportunity to complete a basic course on seamanship. 

“These projects, like all Work for the Dole activities, will deliver benefits for those involved as well as to their local communities. I strongly encourage all community organisations to consider taking part,” Mr Brough said.

Since the pilot round in late 1997, 5,556 projects have been approved, providing places for more than 127,000 young Australians.

Mr Brough said the establishment of Community Work Coordinators in January last year has simplified arrangements for community groups wishing to participate in Work for the Dole. Instead of applying directly to the Government for funding, they now approach and discuss project ideas with their local coordinators.

“Work for the Dole is a key component in the Government’s Mutual Obligation Initiative. Mutual Obligation gives job seekers work skills and the opportunity to improve their chances of employment as well as a sense of achievement and belonging,” Mr Brough said. A list of projects approved for funding through Community Work Coordinators can be found on the

website of the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business: http://www.dewrsb.gov.au/

 

For further information contact:

Greg Jackson 07 3001 8926 or 0419 713 246

 

 

15/05/2001