$5.1b jobs scheme based on "anecdotal research": Page MP

THE Federal Government could pump $5.1 billion into a proposed new unemployment scheme apparently based on anecdotal accounts rather than research.

The Exposure Draft for the Employment Services 2015-2020 could require jobseekers apply for up to 40 jobs a month and work for-the dole for up to 25 hours a week when it begins in July, 2015.

But when asked what research proves these requirements will get more people into work and improve the economy, as claimed, Page MP Kevin Hogan was unable to provide any.

"There is a lot of anecdotal research that shows this program will get more people into work, which is not only good for the individual, but also the nation," he said.

Meanwhile, the Business Council of Australia said while the scheme brings "welcome improvements", it doesn't come without caveats.

"We are concerned about the practicality of asking people to apply for 40 jobs each month in the current softening labour market. ," chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

To have your say email or phone 1300 733 514.

What's Required?

  • Aged 29 or younger - 25 hours of approved work a week and 40 job applications per month.
  • 30 to 49 - 15 hours of approved work and 40 job applications.
  • 50 to 60 - 15 hours of approved activity, can volunteer for work for the dole, and 40 job applications.
  • 61 or older - No approved activity, can volunteer for work for the dole, and must apply for number of jobs dependent on capacity.

SOURCE: Department of Employment

Topics:  emploment job seekers kevin hogan unemployment work for the dole

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