Work For Dole: Unemployed To Spend 25 Hours A Week Helping Companies Sift Through Job Applications

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Asking unemployed Australians to “apply for a job of a morning, and sort through a pile of poorly-thought out, templated job applications of an afternoon”, Employment Minister Eric Abetz today announced further detail about the Coalition’s new Work For The Dole scheme.

Mr Abetz said there was simply no other way companies will be able to cope with the influx of job applications they are likely to receive when changes to employment benefit rules come into force. “What we have here is an available, underutilised resource that we can put to good use. It’s a chance for jobless Australians to contribute, and also for them to learn valuable administrative skills,” he said.

The job application assignments will work in tandem with a range of other placements.


  1. Bill

    July 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I have trouble working out whether this is satire, or possibly an actual federal government proposal?

    • Heather Kennedy

      July 31, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      lol… the only jobs some government employees can imagine are pushing pieces of paper around… I used to be unemployed and now I work for a government department… woops … and oh **** that’s what happened to all my applications from when I was unemployed myself (just the top layer shown. The ones underneath are all the supporting documentary evidence of qualifications). Sigh. Haven’t we come a long way.

    • clueduprock

      July 31, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      I assume the Libs actually read this site for serious policy proposals. E.g. “Fence To Be Built Between Australia And Indonesia” I’m sure someone’s considered it…

    • Maybe Satire

      August 1, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Bill, it isn’t satire – this is right from Mt Abetz’s own words – rumour has it, the Shovel found a recording from an interview by the Age with Mr Abetz and released it (disguising it as satire) and then wiped clean the recording.