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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ACTING MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

Media Release

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50 New Work Experience Opportunities In The NT

Fund-raising for cancer research and helping with animal welfare work at the RSPCA feature among new Work for the Dole projects. Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough, announced seven new NT projects today, offering 47 unemployed people valuable work experience opportunities.

Mr Brough said Work for the Dole was one of the Government’s major success stories, recognised by the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards announced last month for participants, supervisors and projects.

“Work for the Dole participants take part in a wide range of activities designed to both develop good work habits and also help their local communities through better facilities and services. Work for the Dole is a mutual obligation initiative that allows participants to give something back to their local communities,” he said.

“The Government’s strong commitment to Work for the Dole is based on our knowledge that it gives job seekers valuable work experience and has a positive impact both on unemployed people and their local community.”

The new NT projects are: • Helping the Cancer Council to organise and promote “Relay for Life”, an annual fundraising event for cancer research, in Casuarina sponsored by Mission Australia. • Developing a series of brochures on crime prevention, home safety and personal security

for the Palmerston community, sponsored by Choice Australia Management. • Work experience in a range of activities helping aged people, including bus driving, maintenance, gardening and lifestyle therapy, in Darwin, Palmerston and Anula, sponsored by Mission Australia. • Working as a maintenance assistant at the Humpty Doo Golf Club, sponsored by Darwin

Skills Development Scheme. • Community “face-lifting” activities, including fencing, concreting and gardening in Batchelor, sponsored by the Coomalie Community Government Council. • Helping with animal welfare work at the RSPCA’s Berrimah complex, sponsored by

Mission Australia. • Working with trained staff to provide horse-riding activities for people with disabilities in Palmerston, sponsored by Riding for the Disabled North.

The new projects bring the number in the NT since Work for the Dole started in late-1997 to 158 projects, with a total of 1487 valuable work experience places.

Mr Brough announced 506 new Work for the Dole projects across Australia with 6835 new places available. Since 1997, 12,345 projects across Australia have offered 222,231 opportunities for unemployed Australians.

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

For further information contact:

Jeremy Irvine 02 6277 7540

Further information on Work for the Dole: Ian Robinson 02 6121 7691

13/04/2003