On Monday 16 November, the then Department of Employment (now Department of Jobs and Small Business) released an independent evaluation of the Work for the Dole pilot which ran from 1 July 2014. The evaluation has found the programme was effective in helping participants gain confidence and self-esteem and learn skills such as team work, communication and appropriate workplace behaviour.
The independent evaluation by the Social Research Centre and the Australian National University found that of the participants surveyed:
- 83 per cent agreed that Work for the Dole is an opportunity to give back to the community;
- 79 per cent agreed that the routine was good for them;
- 81 per cent said they were treated like a valuable member of staff;
- 81 per cent said they were satisfied with the amount of responsibility they were given;
- 76 per cent said they were satisfied with the amount of work;
- 74 per cent said they were satisfied with the variety of tasks; and
- 68 per cent agreed that their placement was a valuable experience.
See the full Evaluation of Work for the Dole 2014-15 report.