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The Work for the Dole community will be wondering what the implications of the budget announcements regarding the new Youth Jobs PaTH and better targeted Work for the Dole will mean in terms of the ongoing demand for places.  From 1 October Stream A job seekers WfD (and AAR) phase will kick in every 12 months instead of every 6 months. At this stage Jobs Australia believes the measure will not apply to job seekers whose 6 month anniversary falls in the period before 1 October.

The Treasurer’s Budget speech strongly signalled the Government’s interest in “better targeting work for the dole” especially for young people.

The Work for the Dole community will be wondering what the implications of the budget announcements regarding the new Youth Jobs PaTH and better targeted Work for the Dole will mean in terms of the ongoing demand for places.  From 1 October Stream A job seekers WfD (and AAR) phase will kick in every 12 months instead of every 6 months.  At this stage Jobs Australia believes the measure will not apply to job seekers whose 6 month anniversary falls in the period before 1 October.  This means the bulk of job seekers who commenced in the first wave of jobactive who remained unemployed will re-enter the WfD phase at 1 July 2016.  We will ask the Department of Employment for more information about the anticipated demand for WfD places from 1 July 2016. Meanwhile information about the distribution of job seekers in  WfD activities by Stream and Age is available in the Employment Department of Employment Question No. EMSQ16-000153 here. Tables from this Question on Notice are below.

 

The impact of this change on demand for WfD places

It’s still pretty early to tell, but roughly we think this will halve the number of job seekers from Stream A going in to WfD from 1 October 2016.  WfD Hosts and others should be aware that following the transition period into the jobactive contract, it was always anticipated job seekers would become eligible for WfD on the 6 or 12 anniversary of commencement in employment services depending on their stream.  This has always meant the flow of the first and second wave of Work for the Dole activities already experienced was anticipated to ebb into a steady flow of job seekers rather than peak in waves. To stay informed about demand for places we advise maintaining strong communication with your local WfD Coordinator and jobactive providers as more information becomes available.

 

Table 1: Work for the Dole job seekers by Stream – 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015

Stream

Job seekers

Stream A

25,615

Stream B

15,850

Stream C

11,434

Stream Not Determined

5

Total

52,904

 

Table 2: Work for the Dole job seekers by age – 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015

Age

Job seekers

Under 30 years

20,991

30 or over

31,913

Total

52,904

 

Table 3: Work for the Dole job seekers by unemployment duration* – 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015

Length of unemployment

Job seekers

Less than 6 Months

243

6 to 12 months

4,562

12 Months or Over

48,099

Total

52,904

 

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