What will job seekers need to do?
From 1 July 2015, most job seekers who have mutual obligation requirements (such as people on Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance Other or Parenting Payment recipients with a youngest child at least six years of age) will need to:
- undertake 20 job searches per month, with their jobactive organisation able to tailor this requirement to a job seeker’s individual circumstances and local labour market conditions
- enter into a Job Plan that will outline what they will do to become more job ready and satisy their mutual obligation requirements
- complete Work for the Dole or another approved activity (such as part time work, part time study in an eligible course, participation in accredited language, literacy and numeracy training or voluntary work) for six months each year.
- job seekers aged under 30 years will typically need to complete 25 hours per week of Work for the Dole or another approved activity for six months each year.
- job seekers aged 30 to 49 years will typically need to complete 15 hours per week of Work for the Dole or another approved activity for six months each year.
- job seekers aged 50 to 59 years will typically need to complete 15 hours per week of an approved activity for six months each year.
The frequency and quality of a job seeker’s job searches will be actively monitored by jobactive organisations. They will make sure a job seeker meets their requirements in return for their income support and completes their Annual Activity Requirement.
Job seekers who have a partial work capacity or who are principal carer parents will have job search requirements tailored to their individual circumstances.
Job seekers who are 60 years of age or over will have job search requirements tailored to their individual circumstances and can volunteer for Work for the Dole or other approved activities.
Modern online and self-help facilities will help job seekers engage with employers and jobactive organisations.
Job seekers will have access to targeted training and assistance to help them become work ready. Wage subsidies for mature age, young, long term unemployed and Indigenous job seekers will also assist them to transition from welfare and stay in work.
Job seekers will change their jobactive organisation if they have not been employed for two years (or three years for those with more complex non-vocational issues) for a fresh perspective to help them move off welfare and into work.