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Three new Work for the Dole projects in ACT.

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Three new Work for the Dole projects in ACT Minister for Employment Services, Mal Brough, today announced three new Work for the Dole projects in the ACT.

'This fifth round of projects for 2001 will provide 49 jobseekers in ACT with a broad range and choice of worthwhile work experiences,' Mr Brough said at the National Employment Services Association conference in Sydney.

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

These ACT projects involve extensions to existing activities which are undertaking the internal/external maintenance of Arcadia House and the upgrade of PCYC club facilities including the installation of an outdoor cafeteria.

'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 who want to take part in Work for the Dole. Instead of applying directly to the Government for funding, they now approach and discuss project ideas with 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:

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


For further information contact:

Greg Jackson 0419 713 246