Senator Eric Abetz

Liberal Senator for Tasmania

Work for the Dole is vital for unemployed

Former Employment Minister Eric Abetz has called on the Government to continue the Work for the Dole scheme which is vital for reengaging unemployed Australians.

Programme participants gain much needed self-confidence as well as soft skills which ultimately help them become work ready. In many cases, a Work for the Dole supervisor may be the only reference that a participant can give to a potential employer.

“Work and work-like activities are vital for people’s mental health, physical health and social health. The Work for the Dole programme is a vital tool in ensuring that unemployed people engage in work-like activities instead of spending the day on the couch,” Senator Abetz said.

“In my time as Employment Minister, I visited literally hundreds of Work for the Dole sites and the overwhelming feedback from participants was that this is a positive programme that builds self-confidence and helps people to find friends and the support to find work.”

“Work for the Dole is a programme that delivers for the individual, for the community through special projects and the economy. I strongly urge the government to retain the Scheme,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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