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Work for the Dole: mutual obligation, mutual benefits.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 

Media Release

9709

Work for The Dole - Mutual Obligation, Mutual Benefits Unemployed people are now being offered a real choice of worthwhile work experience. And local communities are getting real opportunities to establish facilities and services that will benefit their residents.

The sheer diversity of projects approved under the Work for the Dole programme was clear proof of its benefits to local communities, the Minister for Employment Services, Mal Brough, said today.

Mr Brough announced 18 new Work for the Dole projects in South Australia, which will provide 258 job seekers with a broad range of worthwhile work experiences.

'The South Australian projects demonstrate the diversity of Work for the Dole,' he said.

'They include such activities as animal handling, habitat management and minor construction work at a wildlife park in Whyalla to a choice of community arts, computer, hospitality, horticulture, landscape and construction in Daveron Park.

'Participants in Work for the Dole projects across Australia can also learn new skills in child care, environmental restoration, working with the aged and people with disabilities, in administration - the list extends to what local community groups believe will benefit both unemployed people and local residents.

'Work for the Dole is proving that it does work, and that it has the support of both unemployed groups and local communities. About 90 per cent of the general population supports Work for the Dole and want to see it expanded.

'And the young Australians who have taken part are telling us that they have gained real work experience and also confidence and motivation - and, of course, improved job prospects.

'That’s where Work for the Dole really succeeds - those who participate successfully have proved to both employers and their local community that they are ready and willing to work.

'About one-third of participants are no longer on welfare benefits three months after completing the programme. That shows Work for the Dole works,' Mr Brough said.

Mr Brough said that under this seventh round of projects for 2001, 380 new projects had been approved across Australia, providing work experience opportunities for a total of 5,570 job seekers.

Since the pilot round in late-1997, 6,696 projects had been approved, providing places for over 145,000 young Australians.

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

 

For further information contact:

Greg Jackson  0419 713 246

 

 

6/09/2001