Work for the Dole

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Work for the Dole places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills and experience that give back to the community and can help them find a job.

Eligible job seekers registered with a jobactive provider will need to participate in Work for the Dole or another approved activity for six months each year to keep receiving their income support if they have mutual obligation requirements.

Work for the Dole 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. Work for the Dole Coordinators work with host organisations to identify suitable activities.

More information on being a Work for the Dole host organisation is available.

Work for the Dole 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.

More information for job seekers about Work for the Dole is available.

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Please Note: On Tuesday 9 May 2017 the Australian Government announced changes to Work for the Dole as part of the 2017-18 Budget.

To help streamline Work for the Dole administration, Work for the Dole Coordinator contracts will cease and jobactive providers will instead source all Work for the Dole places from 1 January 2018.

Work for the Dole group-based activities will be refocused to primarily target places to the most disadvantaged people, that is, those who face a range of vocational and non-vocational barriers.

The following Fact Sheets provide more information on the changes to the Work for the Dole program:

The Department of Employment will be working directly with Work for the Dole Coordinators and jobactive providers to implement the changes.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Work for the Dole.

Results

  1. Changes to Work for the Dole Host Fact Sheet

    Created: 9 May 2017  |  Last modified: 25 August 2017

    A fact sheet outlining how the recently announced changes to Work for the Dole affect Host Organisations.

  2. Fact Sheet – 2017–18 Budget Changes – Work for the Dole Participants

    Created: 9 May 2017

    Fact Sheet – 2017–18 Budget Changes – Work for the Dole Participants

  3. Health and safety for Work for the Dole activities- information for host organisations

    Created: 9 September 2015  |  Last modified: 18 May 2017

    Work Health and Safety fact sheet for Work for the Dole host organisations

  4. jobactive Deed 2015-2020

    Created: 30 March 2015  |  Last modified: 1 August 2017

    jobactive Deed 2015-2020 incorporating GDV 5. jobactive Deed 2015-2020 - Work for the Dole Coordinator incorporating GDV 3.

  5. Keeping you safe at Work for the Dole- information for job seekers

    Created: 9 September 2015  |  Last modified: 18 May 2017

    Work Health and Safety fact sheet for job seekers participating in Work for the Dole

  6. Key Facts- Work Health and Safety in Work for the Dole Ernst and Young 200 On Site Audits

    Created: 28 February 2017

    Key facts regarding the Work Health and Safety in Work for the Dole Ernst and Young 200 On Site Audit Report

  7. New South Wales and ACT Work for the Dole Coordinators

    Created: 19 October 2015  |  Last modified: 13 December 2016

    Contact details for New South Wales and ACT Work for the Dole Coordinators

  8. Program Fact Sheet about Work for the Dole

    Created: 1 July 2015  |  Last modified: 18 May 2017

    A fact sheet outlining information about Work for the Dole

  9. Queensland and Northern Territory Work for the Dole Coordinators

    Created: 4 May 2015  |  Last modified: 17 February 2017

    Contact details for Queensland and Northern Territory Work for the Dole Coordinators

  10. South Australia Work for the Dole Coordinators

    Created: 4 May 2015  |  Last modified: 13 December 2016

    Contact details for South Australia Work for the Dole Coordinators

  11. Victoria and Tasmania Work for the Dole Coordinators

    Created: 4 May 2015  |  Last modified: 13 December 2016

    Contact details for Victoria and Tasmania Work for the Dole Coordinators

  12. Western Australia Work for the Dole Coordinators

    Created: 4 May 2015  |  Last modified: 13 December 2016

    Contact details for Western Australia Work for the Dole Coordinators

  13. Work for the Dole 2014-15 Evaluation Key Facts

    Created: 16 November 2015

    Fact sheet about the the Work for the Dole 2014-15 Evaluation Report.

  14. Work for the Dole 2014-15 Evaluation Report

    Created: 16 November 2015

    The Work for the Dole 2014-15 Evaluation Report describes the impact of the Australian Government’s WfD 2014-15 programme using consultations with job seekers, employment...

  15. Work for the Dole 2014-15 Evaluation Report Appendices

    Created: 17 November 2015

    Work for the Dole 2014-15 Evaluation Report Appendices

  16. Work for the Dole Coordinators services 2014-2015 Request for Tender Questions and Answers

    Created: 6 June 2014  |  Last modified: 18 June 2014

    Work for the Dole Questions and Answers

  17. Work for the Dole Host Induction Kit

    Created: 20 October 2015

    Work for the Dole Host Induction Resource...

  18. Work for the Dole Host Induction Kit

    Created: 6 October 2016

    Funded by the Australian Government, the Work for the Dole Host Induction Resource (the Resource) was developed by Volunteering Victoria as a resource for Work for the Dole Host...

  19. Work for the Dole Host Organisation handbook

    Created: 30 August 2017  |  Last modified: 1 September 2017

    The Work for the Dole Host Organisation Handbook provides information for host organisations for Work for the Dole activities....

  20. Work for the Dole Job Seeker Workbook

    Created: 20 October 2015

    Work for the Dole Host Induction Resource...

  21. Work for the Dole Supervisor App how-to guide

    Created: 9 December 2015

    The Work for the Dole Supervisor App how-to guide is a step-by-step guide to using the Supervisor App. The Supervisor App lets Work for the Dole co-ordinators or supervisors...

  22. Work for the Dole Supervisor Mobile App Terms and Conditions

    Created: 10 July 2015

    Work for the Dole Supervisor Mobile App Terms and Conditions

  23. Work for the Dole- information for host organisations

    Created: 9 September 2015  |  Last modified: 18 May 2017

    Fact sheet for Work for the Dole host organisations

  24. Work for the Dole- information for job seekers

    Created: 9 September 2015  |  Last modified: 18 May 2017

    Fact sheet about Work for the Dole for job seekers

  25. Work Health and Safety Aggregated On-Site Audit Report June 2016

    Created: 28 February 2017  |  Last modified: 30 March 2017

    Report detailing the Ernst & Young on-site work health and safety audits of 200 Work for the Dole activities between January and May 2016 as part of the Department of...