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Thousands more Work for the Dole opportunities The Minister for Employment Services, Mal Brough, today announced 285 new Work for the Dole projects across Australia. This is the fourth round of projects for the year.

“This round of projects will provide nearly 4,000 job seekers with a broad choice of worthwhile work experience to boost their job hunting prospects,” Mr Brough said.

“Activities in this round include assisting community organisations on the Sunshine Coast organise community events, producing a range of media products including an exercise video and pamphlets for the use of the MS Society in the ACT and establishing and running a community toy library and children’s heritage garden in conjunction with community volunteers in Perth,” Mr Brough said.

Since the pilot round in late 1997, 5,714 projects have been approved, providing places for nearly 130,000 young Australians.

“Work for the Dole projects are benefiting those directly involved as well as their local communities and participants are demonstrating their commitment,” Mr Brough said.

“We’ve said right from the start that one of the key objectives of Work for the Dole is to improve or develop the work habits of unemployed people.

“Lifting their self-esteem as well as changing how the community views the unemployed is an important step towards the ultimate goal of getting back to work.”

Studies and surveys have shown that referral to Work for the Dole has a significant motivational effect on job seekers to increase the search for paid work.

“The evidence shows that unemployed job seekers do expect to make a contribution to the community and appreciate the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. The majority of participants would strongly recommend Work for the Dole to other job seekers,” Mr Brough said.

“Participants are telling us that they are benefiting from improved job prospects, increased confidence, self-respect and motivation, the ability to develop team-work and communication/social skills and the opportunity to gain references and certificates.

“And we have extended Work for the Dole to provide the opportunity for older unemployed people because surveys show that they also want to participate Activities designed for older job seekers are known as Green Reserve.”

A list of projects approved for funding is at:


For further information contact:

Greg Jackson 0419 713 246