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Work for the Dole: a pathway off welfare in Tasmania.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 

Media Release

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Work for the Dole - A Pathway off Welfare in Tasmania Unemployed people who participated in the Federal Government’s Work for the Dole programme had a one-in-three chance of getting off welfare, Employment Services Minister Mal Brough said today.

Speaking at the release of the latest round of Work for the Dole projects across Australia, Mr Brough said, 35 per cent of former participants are either working or engaged in education or training programmes which would enhance their job prospects.

Mr Brough said WfD provided valuable work experience and participants were finding out that the best training for work is work itself.

Mr Brough was announcing 19 new projects in Tasmania, which will provide 204 job seekers with worthwhile work experience places in a range of activities and occupations.

Among the new projects are:

• restoration and rejuvenation of the railway carriages and historic terminals at New Norfolk;

• maintenance and redevelopment of the Northern Tasmanian Cricket Association Grounds and Club Rooms at Launceston, including restoration of the antique scoreboard; and

• maintenance, landscaping and general upgrade of Heybridge/Blythe Heads Community Hall area including playground construction.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn a wide range of skills including furniture restoration in Hobart, photography and creating a CD with Clarence Council and computer software in Yolla.

'While Work for the Dole is a work experience program, not an employment programme, it helps to create a culture of employment and a work ethic,' Mr Brough said.

'Work for the Dole provides opportunities for people to develop their work ethic while putting something worthwhile back into their community.'

'It’s a chance for them to take on new challenges and responsibilities, to involve themselves in interesting community projects and produce results they can be proud of.'

'All the indications are that the overwhelming majority of the key players in Work for the Dole - job seekers, community and charitable groups and workplace supervisors - and the general public are enthusiastic about Work for the Dole.'

'They see it as a positive activity that is fair and beneficial to both the unemployed and their local communities.'

Mr Brough said the Government strongly believed in the principle of mutual obligation, coupled with mutual benefit.

'Implicit in the mutual obligation principle, which underpins Work for the Dole, is our belief that everyone benefits when unemployed people on welfare are engaged in work experience, volunteer work, or further education and training,' he said.

'By participating in Work for the Dole, tens of thousands of Australians are showing that they are serious about contributing to their community something in return for welfare payments.'

Since Work for the Dole began in late 1997, 7,561 projects have been approved, providing places for over 157,000 unemployed Australians.

A list of Work for the Dole projects approved for funding can be found at http://www.workplace.gov.au/Workplace/ESDisplay/0,1253,a0%253D0%2526a1%253D537%2526a2%253D550,00.html

 

For further information contact:

Greg Jackson  0419 713 246

 

 

7/02/2002