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30 new Work for the Dole projects in SA.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 

Media Release

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30 new Work for the Dole projects in SA Minister for Employment Services, Mal Brough today announced 30 new Work for the Dole Projects in South Australia.

"This fifth round of projects for 2001 will provide 989 jobseekers in SA with a broad range and choice of worthwhile experiences," Mr Brough said at the National Employment Services Association conference in Sydney.

There are 233 new Work for the Dole projects across Australia providing work experience opportunities for over 3,300 job seekers overall.

South Australian activities include a project in Wayville that will involve participants in explaining science based exhibits to customers at the Investigator Science and Technology Centre.

In another project, Work for the Dole participants will provide community services to the urban indigenous community, including lawn mowing, yard cleaning, furniture removal and food delivery.

"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, 5,884 projects have been approved, providing places for nearly 132,000 young Australians.

Mr Brough said the establishment of Community Work Coordinators in January last year had 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: www.dewrsb.gov.au.

Inquiries about Community Work Coordinators and Work for the Dole can also be directed to the inquiry line on 1300 362 368.

 

For further information contact:

Greg Jackson  0419 713 246

 

 

26/07/2001