Proposed drug testing policy would force those waiting for treatment further to the back of the queue.
The evidence on the effectiveness of this expensive measure is ambiguous.
A holistic, more therapeutic approach would be a more effective means addressing acute disadvantage
This policy erroneously links substance dependence and unemployment, generating levels of stigma for jobseekers
These funds should be diverted to raising the rate of Newstart, creating more employment opportunities in regions with high unemployment including additional access to skills and other training opportunities and/or increasing the capacity of the drug treatment system.
Jobs Australia supports the need for secure and stable not for profit employment service system and calls on the Australian government to provide greater support to those who help the most vulnerable Australians.