Release type: Joint Media Release

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Popping the cork of opportunity for Work for the Dole participants

Ministers:

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment
Deputy Leader of the House
Member for Cowper
Senator Sean Edwards
Senator for South Australia

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today visited Nuriootpa with Liberal Senator for South Australia Sean Edwards to meet South Australia’s new Work for the Dole Coordinators and to visit Barossa Enterprises’ local Work for the Dole project.

Assistant Minister Hartsuyker said: “The Government is rolling out a reinvigorated Work for the Dole programme, which helps job seekers remain active and engaged while looking for work.

“On 1 July this year, the Government launched new Work for the Dole arrangements for job seekers aged 18 to 30 years in targeted regions across Australia, including Gawler and the northern suburbs of Adelaide.

“As part of the revamped programme, Work for the Dole Coordinators have been contracted to act as the first point of contact for organisations wishing to be involved in Work for the Dole and offer places to eligible to young job seekers.

“I welcome and congratulate Services to Youth Council and ASK Employment Services, who are the Work for the Dole Coordinators here in South Australia, and I look forward to working with them to get more young Australians into employment."

Senator Edwards welcomed the Minister to South Australia, and praised Barossa Enterprises for their commitment to Work for the Dole and to getting more Australians off welfare and into work.

“Barossa Enterprises started in 1978 and over the years has supported numerous people across the Gawler, Barossa and Clare regions, including helping people with accommodation, respite, training and employment,” Senator Edwards said.

“Barossa Enterprises is giving young local job seekers the opportunity to build new skills, and to demonstrate the attitudes and ability potential employers are seeking.

“Work for the Dole participants are giving back to their community while learning valuable skills like construction, warehousing and administration.

"By building wine boxes and labelling local produce, they are also helping our local wine industry.

“I thank all of those involved for their commitment and tireless effort in supporting our local communities and job seekers, and for helping to get more South Australians into the workforce."