The unemployed will have to perform 40 job searches a month
and up to 25 hours community service per week or lose their
payments, under an extension of the federal government's work
for the dole scheme.
News Corp Australia says the requirement along with the
creation of new wage subsidies for the long-term unemployed
will be key to the government's $5.1 billion job placement
system, set for launch next year.
A draft model encompassing the changes is aimed at cutting
red tape, rewarding job providers for finding jobs rather
than completing administration, and discouraging unnecessary
training, the Australian reports.
The paper says the new system will be imposed on current
providers like Mission Australia, Sarina Russo and Ingeus
from next July as a prerequisite for funding.
Almost $900 million will be spent extending the work for the
dole scheme over three years from next July.
Jobseekers younger than 30 will be asked to do 25 hours work
a week, while those between 30 and 49 will be asked to do 15
hours work a week and those aged 50-60, 15 hours a week.
Work for the dole will be mandatory for all jobseekers
younger than 50 unless they are working part-time or, in some
cases, training for a specific job that is in demand in their