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Over 60 new Work for the Dole opportunities in the ACT.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Media Release

03604

Over 60 new Work for the Dole opportunities in the ACT

Two new ACT Work for the Dole activities were announced today by Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough. The new projects will create 65 places for unemployed people to gain worthwhile work experience in both outdoor refurbishment and administration.

“Work for the Dole is very much accepted by communities right across Australia. Work for the Dole gives unemployed people what they need - active participation and continuing contact with the world of work. That is what is needed to be a successful job seeker,” Mr Brough said.

One project involves upgrading the Kippax Oval in Holt. Participants will assist with paving, concreting, fencing, landscaping and gardening.

There are also opportunities for 35 people to gain administrative skills in an activity sponsored by Southside Community Services. Placements at various locations across Canberra will involve reception duties, Occupation Health and Safety training, use of Microsoft Word and the MYOB accounting package.

“Work for the Dole is all about well supervised, worthwhile work experience that allows participants to make a commitment to their local community by putting something back in by way of better services and facilities.”

This month’s new projects bring the number in the ACT since Work for the Dole started in late 1997 to 125, with a total of 2,877 valuable work experience places.

Mr Brough announced 731 new Work for the Dole projects across Australia with 8,940 new places available. Since 1997, 16,571 projects across Australia have offered 274,225 opportunities for unemployed Australians.

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

For further information contact:

Peter Gandolfi Minister Broughs Office 02 6277 7540

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

10/03/2004