News | 21 December 2015

The Government has decided to implement a number of structural adjustment packages to assist retrenched workers to transition into new employment.

The package is worth $2.2 million and will be available to support retrenched workers get back in the workforce as quickly as possible. Workers will have access to intensive employment assistance through jobactive, the Government’s national employment service and in the case of the Illawarra access to a local Employment Facilitator to help job seekers re-connect with employment and training opportunities. They will also have access to the “What’s Next” website, which has a range of information and self-help resources.

To read the Minister’s media release visit the Minister's media centre.

News | 9 December 2015

The Indicator provides advance warnings of whether employment is likely to grow faster or slower than its long-term trend rate of growth and is produced by the Australian Government Department of Employment.

The Indicator has risen for the fourth consecutive month in June 2015, implying a weakly confirmed trough occurred in February 2015. The growth rate of employment is likely to fluctuate around its long-term trend growth rate and may eventually rise above it.

The December 2015 report is now available.

News | 8 December 2015

Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining is a quarterly report containing data about the number of enterprise agreements made in the federal workplace relations system, as well as data about the number of employees covered and the level of wage increases included in collective agreements.

To view the September quarter 2015 report, visit the Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining page.

News | 8 December 2015

A community project in Mount Gambier, South Australia, is transforming an historic property into a future respite holiday home for people with disabilities and their families, while also providing work experience for ten local Work for the Dole participants.

The restoration work is undertaken by a group of enthusiastic jobseekers, who are assisted by local volunteers and a trained supervisor. The participants are learning a range of new skills and contributing to their community along the way.

The run-down, 100 year old house was owned but unused by Bedford Phoenix, a not-for-profit community organisation which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Bedford approached local jobactive providers Job Prospects to establish the maintenance and restoration project as a Work for the Dole activity.

News | 4 December 2015

The Caterpillar Structural Adjustment Programme will be delivered as part of jobactive, the Australian Government’s way to get more Australians into work. This assistance will be specifically targeted at helping Caterpillar workers and associated suppliers affected by the job losses connect with a wide range of services.

A Fact Sheet about the assistance available to workers is also available. 

News | 16 November 2015

On Monday 16 November, the Department of Employment 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: 

News | 13 November 2015

The department is seeking applications for grant funding from not-for-profit, non-government community organisations to deliver innovative and unique services that help vulnerable young people who are long-term unemployed, or at risk of becoming long-term unemployed.

Empowering YOUth Initiatives will see a range of initiatives that offer new and creative ways to connect with young people, their families, communities and employers to help them on a path to secure employment.

The initiative was announced under the Support for Vulnerable Job Seekers measure as part of the Youth Employment Strategy in the 2015–16 Budget.

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash announced the release of the grant application process in a media release this morning.

News | 2 November 2015

Located 45 kilometres west of Melbourne, Mt Rothwell is a sanctuary for some of Victoria’s most endangered mammal species including the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Brush tailed Rock Wallaby and wild Eastern Quoll. A team of Work for the Dole participants have constructed a number of fences to exclude rabbits from highly overgrazed vegetation. This vegetation provides essential habitat for the threatened animals. 

Jacqui Young, conservation officer, has been a driving force in establishing the Work for the Dole programme at Mt Rothwell. Jacqui says the participants have been instrumental in helping Mt Rothwell restore and protect vital habitat to ensure threatened species are protected from...

News | 2 November 2015

News | 6 October 2015

A new National Work Experience Programme is now available to help job seekers gain experience and confidence while demonstrating skills to potential employers.

The work experience programme will give employers the opportunity to see if a job seeker is a good fit for their organisation and offers employers the opportunity for a wage subsidy where they offer a job seeker paid employment.

Senator Cash media release

Information about the programme can be found on the National Work Experience Programme Page on the Employment website.

News | 21 September 2015

Submissions by interested parties can be made by email or by post, with a due date of 14 October 2015.  Additional information is available on the Review of Fair Work Amendment Act 2013 webpage.

News | 8 September 2015

Details of the organisations delivering jobactive are available:

To find out where the sites are for each jobactive provider, see the list of jobactive sites by employment region.

You can also search for organisations delivering jobactive through the provider search on the jobactive website.

Fact sheets with more information on jobactive - including the purchasing arrangements - are available at the jobactive page.

News | 4 September 2015

Workers faced with retrenchment now have access to a set of online resources to help them get back on their feet and into work as quickly as possible.

Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz launched the “What’s Next” website today and said it was important to support retrenched workers making the transition to new employment.

“Each year many Australians face the difficult situation of being retrenched from their job,” Senator Abetz said.

“The “What’s Next” website offers assistance and pulls together a range of information and self-help resources to identify a person’s skills and strengths to get them on a pathway to new employment as quickly as possible.”

“What’s Next” includes a link to Changing Lanes – which is a website developed specifically for automotive workers facing retrenchment. The site provides information about the range of support available to help them to transition to a new sector.

News | 30 July 2015

On 30 July 2015, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women and Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, launched the Supporting Working Parents website and online resources.

News | 30 July 2015

The data are obtained from the Department of Employment's Workplace Agreements Database.

You can view the report on the Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining page.

News | 20 July 2015

This unique project, which involved transcribing and indexing over 6,000 historical records, has assisted with the conservation, documentation and promotion of the local heritage of Carnamah, a farming community 320km north of Perth.

The hard work of these Work for the Dole “virtual volunteers” has resulted in a useful online resource which provides the community with access to a large number of searchable historical records including burial registers, electoral roles and biographical index cards.

Michael Kolomyjec, Divisional Manager of atWork Australia said “the project directly benefits the broader community by increasing accessibility of cultural heritage collections”.

“The project also gave our young job seekers a range of transferable work related skills and experience including communication in the workplace, confidence building, data entry and team work”.

News | 1 July 2015

jobactive helps job seekers to find and keep a job and helps employers find staff:

  • jobactive providers assist eligible job seekers to find and keep a job and ensure employers are receiving candidates that meet their business needs
  • Work for the Dole Coordinators source appropriate Work for the Dole places and projects with not-for-profit organisations
  • the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme supports job seekers to start up and run a viable small business
  • Harvest Labour Services and the National Harvest Labour Information Service support the harvest requirements of growers in the horticulture industry.

To find organisations delivering jobactive, visit the jobactive website.

News | 25 June 2015

On 24 June, Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey and Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker MP announced the creation of the Ambassador for Mature Age Employment and the appointment of Susan Ryan AO to the position. 

Ms Ryan, Australia’s current Age and Disability Commissioner, has been a strong advocate for mature aged job seekers throughout her career. As the Ambassador for Mature Age Employment, Ms Ryan will help drive greater awareness amongst employers of the business benefits of hiring older workers and help open new doors for job seekers.

The new Ambassador position builds on the Government’s incentive for employers and mature age job seekers through the $10,000 Restart Wage Subsidy.

Restart has helped over 1,600 mature aged job seekers to return to the workforce and reduced the costs of hiring for employers.

News | 13 May 2015

The data are obtained from the Department of Employment’s Workplace Agreements Database.

You can view the report on the Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining page.

News | 12 May 2015

A key element of the Budget is a Growing Jobs and Small Business package. The package focuses on helping employers to create new jobs and assisting Australia’s unemployed, particularly young people, to access the skills and opportunities they need to become job-ready.

This package includes a number of new employment measures that focus on making job seekers more employable, reducing the costs of taking on new staff, and ensuring job seekers are meeting their obligations and actively looking for work.

To see the Portfolio Budget Statements and agency outcomes, visit our 2015-16 Budget page.

News | 6 May 2015

On Friday 1 May, Minister for Employment Eric Abetz and Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker unveiled the Work for the Dole Coordinators for each of the 51 employment regions.

Work for the Dole Coordinators will work with their local community groups and jobactive organisations to identify potential Work for the Dole activities for job seekers.

“Work for the Dole helps job seekers, especially young job seekers, to learn new skills and remain active and engaged in their local communities while they look for work,” Senator Abetz said.

Assistant Minister Hartsuyker announced the new coordinators at a launch event at the Hope Shop in Port Macquarie, a current Work for the Dole host. Senator Abetz revealed the Tasmanian coordinators separately at a local event.

“Over the past ten months there have been some terrific activities and projects conducted as part of the Work for the Dole pilot,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

News | 28 April 2015

Australian Jobs is a handy report for a range of users. It provides information about employment trends by location, age, industry and occupation. The 2015 edition is now available.

Australian Jobs helps people to understand where the jobs are and what employers look for when recruiting. The 2015 Australian Jobs publication provides information to support people at all stages of their working lives, whether they are looking for their first job, returning to the workforce or transitioning between sectors.

It highlights the changes in the Australian labour market, noting that large numbers of new jobs are expected to be created over the next five years and providing a guide to where the largest numbers of new jobs are likely to be.

This year’s publication also explores the Australian labour market by age, with a focus on young (15 to 24 years) and mature age (aged 45 years or older) workers.

News | 23 April 2015

On 13 March 2015 the Department of Employment lodged its submission to the Productivity Commission’s review of the workplace relations framework. The submission provides the Productivity Commission with data and information on enterprise agreements and modern awards, methods of pay setting, and legislation to change the Fair Work Act 2009 that is currently before the Parliament.

The Department’s submission is now available on this website.

The Government committed to the Productivity Commission review prior to the 2013 election and commissioned the review on 19 December 2014. The terms of reference for the review require the Productivity Commission to assess the performance of the workplace relations framework and make recommendations about how the laws can be improved to maximise outcomes for Australian employers, employees and the economy.

News | 23 April 2015

The Fair Work Commission’s 2014-15 annual wage review is currently in progress. Through the review process, the Expert Panel for annual wage reviews will set the national minimum wage. The Panel can also choose to vary wage rates across the various classifications in one or more modern awards. The Panel is expected to hand down its decision in June 2015.