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Howard Government set to expand Work for the Dole scheme.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 

Media Release

06803

Howard Government Set To Expand Work For The Dole Scheme

The Federal Government's Work for the Dole scheme will be expanded to assist more job seekers gain valuable work experience and more communities and community groups gain valuable facilities, Prime Minister John Howard said tonight.

Mr Howard, who presented the 2001 Work for the Dole Achievement Awards at Parliament House in Canberra, said an additional 5500 places would be funded in 2002-03, with a further 8500 places in the following three years.

That will take the total number of places to 55,500 in 2002-03 and 64,000 the following three years.

"The Work for the Dole scheme had been one of the Coalition Government’s major success stories," Mr Howard said.

Mr Howard presented awards to finalists and winners in three categories: Best Work for the Dole Participant 2001, Best Work for the Dole Supervisor 2001, and Best Work for the Dole Activity 2001.

The award winners were:

Best Work for the Dole Participant—Mr Robert Dorber of Maffra, Victoria ● Best Work for the Dole Supervisor—Mr Doug Krepp of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia ● Best Work for the Dole Activity—Employment North Ltd, Rockhampton, Queensland. ●

The Prime Minister said he was impressed by the high standard of award nominations.

"I congratulate these individuals and organisations for the positive work experience opportunities they provide for programme participants and for the contribution they are making to their local communities," Mr Howard said.

Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough, praised the award winners, noting that the awards highlighted the wide variety of work experience opportunities available to unemployed people and the ways in which the programme helped them.

A further 53 Highly Commended Award winners will receive their awards in individual presentation ceremonies to be held around Australia.

"The Government’s strong commitment to Work for the Dole is based on our knowledge that this programme gives job seekers valuable work experiences and has a positive impact on many participants' lives," Mr Brough

said.

"My visits to Work for the Dole sites have reinforced my view that the participants grow in confidence and motivation as their work experience progresses."

Minister Brough also noted that since Work for the Dole began in late-1997, more than 175,000 unemployed people have boosted their chances of finding paid employment via nearly 9000 projects across Australia.

"More than one-third of participants who complete Work for the Dole find paid work or go into further education or training," Minister Brough said.

Profiles of participant, supervisor and activity winners and finalists can be found below.

 

For further information contact:

Greg Jackson 0419 713 246

 

 

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PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: WINNER BEST PARTICIPANT

NAME: Mr Robert Dorber, Maffra, Victoria.

Description

Robert Dorber, of Maffra, has won the Best Participant Award at the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards 2001. The award recognises the contribution of unemployed people as well as their personal achievements in helping to provide quality services and facilities to their local community.

Robert’s Work for the Dole placement was with the disability services organisation, the Foster Place Café and Garden Centre. His work experience included plant propagation and gardening, cash register authority, providing customer service, cleaning, stock and administration.

Robert worked closely with the centre’s supported wage employees, many of whom have an intellectual disability. Both staff and customers admire his commitment and enthusiasm. He has a strong empathy with disabled employees and he has gained their respect and trust. Robert feels that found exceptional fellowship and fulfilment by working in disability services.

Work for the Dole participants acquire a variety of work skills and gain experience in working as part of a team as well as independently. They also gain a lot of satisfaction from knowing that their work is helping to improve their local community.

PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: FINALIST BEST PARTICIPANT

NAME: Ms Nicole Walsh, Perth, Western Australia

Description

Nicole Walsh, of Perth, has won a finalist award at the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards 2001. The award, in the Best Participant category, recognises the contribution of unemployed people as well as their personal achievements in helping to provide quality services and facilities to their local community.

Nicole’s Work for the Dole placement was as a community support worker with the Lockridge Community Group. She assisted with reception, office duties and client services and received computer training. She was also exposed to a wide range of issues including multicultural, social welfare and community resource issues. Nicole demonstrated an empathy with clients and a desire to gain further information to help them. She is currently a student doing a community services course.

Work for the Dole participants acquire a variety of work skills and gain experience in working as part of a team as well as independently. They also gain a lot of satisfaction from knowing that their work is helping to improve their local community.

PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: FINALIST BEST PARTICIPANT

NAME: Mr Anthony Ricketts, Young, New South Wales

Description

Anthony Ricketts, of Young, has won a finalist award at the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards 2001. The award, in the Best Participant category, recognises the contribution of unemployed people as well as their achievements in helping to provide quality services and facilities to their local community.

Anthony’s Work for the Dole placement was with the Mercy Care Centre. The centre provides a wide range of health care services to a community hospital, hospice and nursing home in Young. Anthony’s work experience involved him in catering, cleaning, stores and linen services. He proved to be helpful, friendly, trustworthy, keen, quick to complete tasks and reliable. Anthony has proven to be a good team worker and a keen and willing learner. As a result, he has had paid employment with the Mercy Care Centre.

Work for the Dole participants acquire a variety of work skills and gain experience in working as part of a team as well as independently. They also gain a lot of satisfaction from knowing that their work is helping to improve their local community.

PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: WINNER BEST ACTIVITY and winner Caring for the Environment award

NAME: Employment North Limited, Rockhampton, Queensland

Description

Employment North Limited, of Rockhampton, has won the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Award for the Best Activity in 2001. The award recognises Employment North’s contribution to unemployed people as well as its achievements in helping to provide quality services and facilities to the local community.

Employment North was also awarded the Caring of the Environment Award.

Employment North’s winning Work for the Dole project involved local unemployed people in protecting one of the world’s most endangered mammal species, the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat. Participants constructed a research centre and a display facility at the Rockhampton Zoo in the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens.

The centre allows captive breeding and husbandry techniques to be developed to help to preserve the wombat in its natural habitat. Work included site preparation, building foundations, formwork, concreting, rock block laying, structural steel, roofing, fencing, water reticulation, landscaping, habitat restoration and painting.

Participants acquired a variety of work skills and gained experience in working as part of a team as well as independently. They also gained a lot of satisfaction from knowing that they are helping to protect the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat from extinction.

PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: CARING FOR OUR HERITAGE

NAME: Port Adelaide Central Mission, Adelaide, South Australia

Description

Port Adelaide Central Mission has won the Caring for our Heritage Award at the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards for 2001. The award recognises the organisation’s contribution to unemployed people as well as its achievements in helping to provide quality services and facilities to the local community.

Port Adelaide Central Mission works in cooperation with the Historic Military Vehicle Collectors’ Association of South Australia to provide a Work for the Dole project at the Historic Military Vehicle Museum in Port Adelaide. The project involves local unemployed people restoring of a wide range of military vehicles, mainly from World War II, but also World War I, Vietnam and Korea.

Participants acquire a variety of work skills and gain experience in working as part of a team as well as independently. They also gain a lot of satisfaction from knowing that their work is helping to preserve Australia’s historic military vehicle collection.

PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY

NAME: Darwin Skills Development Scheme, Darwin, Northern Territory

Description

Darwin Skills Development Scheme has won the Caring for the Community Award at the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards 2001. The award recognises the organisation’s contribution to unemployed people as well as its achievements in helping to provide quality services and facilities to the local community.

Darwin Skills Development Scheme established Work for the Dole on Elcho Island to provide skills training, diversionary activities and community opportunities for young people. Because of the remoteness of Elcho Island and because of the serious social issues and problems it faces, this Work for the Dole project needed to overcome significant barriers to establish itself and win community support. In doing so, it has won the respect of elders and community members.

A lack of employment opportunities, and resulting boredom, can lead young people to problems such as alcohol, drug and petrol sniffing addictions, poor health and family breakdown. The community wanted a Work for the Dole activity to counter this by giving young people options to become involved in interesting projects.

The Elcho Island Youth activity offers a number of work experience opportunities such as market gardening, building/renovating, radio broadcasting, publications and furniture making. It ensures that individual skills are catered for and that there are choices to suit people’s different interests. Skills gained include painting, fencing, woodworking, food preparation, health and hygiene, communication, horticulture and traditional art and craft. Literacy and numeracy training is provided to those who need it.

Work for the Dole on Elcho Island has given young people a feeling of satisfaction and purpose. This has resulted in higher self-esteem and a more positive attitude. Participants enjoy being part of the programme and involved in their community.

PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: CARING FOR PEOPLE

NAME: Sailability Australia (Tasmania), Launceston, Tasmania

Description

Sailability Australia (Tasmania) has won the Caring for People Award at the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards 2001. The award, in the Caring for People category, recognises the organisation’s contribution to unemployed people as well as its achievement in helping to provide quality services and facilities for local people with a disability in northern Tasmania.

Sailability’s project involved local unemployed people on Work for the Dole in the construction of two purpose-built 24-foot yachts for use by people with a disability. Unemployed people worked on all stages of construction from laying the keel to the final fitting of the upper deck equipment. Work was undertaken under the expert supervision of master craftsman, Mr Ian Milner.

Participants acquired a variety of work skills and experience in how to work as part of a team as well as independently. They also gained a lot of satisfaction from knowing that their work made has helped people with a disability.

PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: BEST SUPERVISOR

NAME: Mr Doug Krepp, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Description

Mr Doug Krepp has won the Best Supervisor Award at the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards for 2001. The award recognises the contribution he has made to unemployed people in Kalgoorlie as well as his achievements in helping to provide quality services and facilities to the local community.

Doug Krepp supervisors unemployed people on Work for the Dole at the Karlkurla Bushland Park activity. This activity is developing 200 hectares of partly degraded bushland and turning the area into a park on the edge of Kalgoorlie for use by local residents and tourists.

Doug was commended for his work in gaining the trust of participants, for the high quality work skills he has helped them develop and for his tireless work in promoting Work for the Dole and helping participants to gain paid employment. His nomination for the award was strongly supported by Work for the Dole participants and community representatives.

Work for the Dole supervisors manage projects to ensure that participants acquire a variety of work skills and gain experience in how to work as part of a team as well as independently. This helps unemployed people get the most out of their Work for the Dole placements.

PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: FINALIST BEST SUPERVISOR

NAME: Ms Ro Hutton, Stawell, Victoria

Description

Ro Hutton has won a finalist supervisor award at the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards for 2001. The award recognises the contribution she has made to unemployed people in Stawell as well as her achievements in helping to provide quality services and facilities to the local community.

A teacher at the Stawell West Primary School, Ro Hutton supervised Work for the Dole participants on an extensive landscaping and gardening project at the school. Participants also repaired play equipment and did administrative work in the school office and library. Ro’s nomination for the award was strongly supported by Work for the Dole participants and community representatives.

Work for the Dole supervisors manage projects to ensure that participants acquire a variety of work skills and gain experience in how to work as part of a team as well as independently. This helps unemployed people get the most out of their Work for the Dole placements.

PRIME MINISTER’S WORK FOR THE DOLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2001

AWARD: FINALIST BEST SUPERVISOR

NAME: Mr Peter Cox, Coopers Plains, Queensland

Description

Peter Cox has won a finalist supervisor award at the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards for 2001. The award recognises the contribution he has made to unemployed people in south Brisbane as well as his achievements in helping to provide quality services and facilities to the local community.

Peter Cox supervises unemployed people on the Work for the Dole Café Plus activity at Coopers Plains. The café provides a meeting place and free meals for elderly people and involves participants in work experience covering budgeting, planning, food preparing and cooking, as well as customer relations. Peter’s nomination for the award was strongly supported by Work for the Dole participants and community representatives.

Work for the Dole supervisors manage projects to ensure that participants acquire a variety of work skills and gain experience in how to work as part of a team as well as independently. This helps unemployed people get the most out of their Work for the Dole placements.