The WfD coordinator contract is part of the jobactive programme and sits within the Employment Portfolio responsibilities of the Minister of Employment and is managed by the Department of Employment.
A WfD Coordinator is contracted to each of the 51 jobactive Employment Regions. Their role is to identify potential Host Organisations, secure Work for the Dole Places and connect Host Organisations with Employment Providers.
Work for the Dole is a work experience programme which places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills, experience and confidence to move from welfare to work, while giving back to their community.
Eligible job seekers registered with a jobactive provider are required to participate in WfD or another approved activity for six months each year to keep receiving their income support if they have mutual obligation requirements. Job seekers continue to undertake job search activities and maintain regular contact with their provider whilst undertaking WfD.
WfD activities can be hosted by not-for-profit organisations and government agencies. The programme gives organisations an extra set of hands to help to undertake activities that would not normally be done. WfD Coordinators work with host organisations to identify suitable activities.
WfD can help job seekers:
- develop the skills that employers want
- show they are ready to start work
- meet new people and make contacts who can be a referee
- get involved in their local community.
As at 31 December 2015, there were 32,214 job seekers undertaking a WfD activity.
 Senate Estimates Hansard, 11 February 2016, p. 42