Release type: Media Release


Employer survey reinforces importance of Work for the Dole


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment

A survey of more than 1000 employers has reinforced the importance of the Government’s new Work for the Dole programme and revealed changes young job seekers can make to improve their employment prospects.

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today released the results of the Surveys of Employers’ Recruitment Experiences, which were conducted by the Department of Employment.

Mr Hartsuyker said the survey asked employers what they thought young people could do to improve their job prospects.

“About half the responding employers said the best action many young people can take is to improve their attitude or physical presentation,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Employers reported the lack of commitment to work displayed by many young people resulted in them not having the necessary enthusiasm, reliability or initiative required to make an effective contribution.

“As I travel around the country, employers keep telling me that too many young job seekers are presenting to their businesses without the basic skills necessary to positively contribute in the workplace.

“This highlights why Work for the Dole is an important part of the solution to youth unemployment.

“It enables young job seekers to demonstrate to employers they have the attitude and skills necessary to be a productive employee.

“Employers are seeking commitment, teamwork and punctuality from employees, all qualities which Work for the Dole can instil in young job seekers.”

Mr Hartsuyker last week announced phase one of the Government’s new Work for the Dole programme to help young job seekers move from welfare to work.

Starting in July, long-term unemployed job seekers aged 18–30 in selected locations around Australia will be required to participate in Work for the Dole activities for about 15 hours per week for six months.

“The response to the changes has been overwhelming, with so many young people welcoming the opportunity to be active and engaged within their local community,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“As a Government, we are determined to help young Australians to get and keep a job.

“In addition to Work for the Dole, our new Job Commitment Bonus, Relocation Assistance and Tasmanian Jobs Programme will help young job seekers make the move into work."

Note: The Department of Employment analysis entitled Improving the employment prospects of young Australians is available at