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New Work For The Dole opportunities in the ACT.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Media Release

09003

New Work For The Dole Opportunities In The ACT

Two ACT Work for the Dole projects offering 67 worthwhile work experience opportunities were announced today by Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough.

One project, sponsored by the Sullivan’s Creek Catchment Group, will carry out land care activities in the Sullivan’s Creek catchment area in Acton, Ainslie, O’Connor and Turner.

Mr Brough also announced building and landscaping to improve facilities, improve access and living environments for people with multiple sclerosis at Deakin. The project is sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, ACT.

"Job seekers participating in Work for the Dole receive the benefit of worthwhile, well-supervised work experience. It upgrades their skills or teaches them new skills and it helps them gain, or retain, a work ethic," Mr Brough said.

"The communities in which they live benefit from new or improved facilities and services, and can see what local people looking for paid work are capable of.

"Work for the Dole, a Mutual Obligation initiative, is a real community effort. Local sponsors provide the opportunities and local Community Work Coordinators provide the administrative back-up that makes Work for the Dole a signature program of the Howard Government."

In recognition of the programme’s contribution to the community, Mr Brough said he was pleased to announce on 15 September the opening of nominations for the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards, which recognise the outcomes and exceptional achievements of job seekers, supervisors and Work for the Dole project conducted throughout 2003. He encouraged everyone in the

community to nominate a local job seeker, supervisor or project in these prestigious awards.

The new projects bring the number in the ACT since Work for the Dole started in late 1997 to 114, with a total of 2594 valuable work experience places.

Mr Brough announced 577 new Work for the Dole projects across Australia with 8,211 new places available. Since 1997, 14,566 projects across Australia have offered 249,541 opportunities for Australian job seekers.

A list of Work for the Dole projects approved for funding can be found at http://workplace.gov.au/workplace/activities

More information on the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards can be found at www.workplace.gov.au

For further information contact:

Peter Gandolfi Minister Broughs office 0419 155 447

Further information on Work for the Dole: Susan Black on 02 6121 6064

28/10/2003