Work for the Dole
Work for the Dole (WfD) is a programme that places job seekers receiving support under jobactive into activities where they can gain skills, experience and confidence while giving something back to their community.
Eligible job seekers are required to participate in WfD or another approved activity for six months each year to keep receiving their income support. Job seekers continue to look for work and maintain regular contact with their provider while undertaking WfD.
WfD can help job seekers to…
…develop the skills that employers want
…show they are ready to start work
…make contacts who can be referees
…get involved in their local community
From 2015 until 2018, WfD was overseen by Coordinators. In the 2017-18 Budget, it was announced that the WfD Coordinator contracts would be discontinued as of Jan 1, 2018.
WfD Coordinator contracts were introduced as part of the jobactive programme. One WfD Coordinator was contracted to each of the 51 jobactive Employment Regions. Their role was to identify potential host organisations, to secure WfD places and to connect the organisations with jobactive providers.
As of 2018, jobactive providers will themselves take over the responsibilities of the WfD Coordinators.