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‘Dysfunctional’ jobactive system slammed by users

Danielle Kutchel, Wednesday, 29th June 2022 -  People who use jobactive are frustrated at a lack of support from those supposed to help them find work – but there is hope the new system rolling out from July will be an improvement.

The job market is bouncing back, but not for everyone

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 21st October 2021 -  New data finds there are 27 jobseekers across Australia competing for each entry-level job While many are labelling Australia’s low unemployment rate a success, new analysis from

The problem with employment services: providers profit more than job seekers

Contributor, Wednesday, 21st July 2021 -  The current system is premised on competition, not collaboration, and does not provide the support both job seekers and employers need, writes Martin Loosemore. The federal government

‘We need to overhaul the system’: Welfare advocates say JobSeeker must be raised permanently

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 8th December 2020 -  A new survey reveals that the pre-COVID JobSeeker rate left 41 per cent of recipients with just $7 a day after paying rent  All the gains made from the temporary JobSeeker increase will

COVID-19 creates new barriers for disadvantaged jobseekers

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 14th October 2020 -  New analysis shows there are 106 jobseekers for each entry-level job in Australia                                              The federal government’s privatised employment services program is failing vulnerable jobseekers,

Stories behind the payments: Week of action hopes to raise the rate

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 16th July 2019 -  Bev’s life goal is to complete her bachelor’s degree in social sciences and psychology. But as a single mother surviving on Newstart payments, that dream often feels very far away. 

Welfare advocates attack move to digitise employment services

Luke Michael, Thursday, 21st March 2019 -  Anti-poverty groups fear the government’s plan to digitise employment services will result in millions of penalties being automatically imposed on vulnerable jobseekers.     

Demands for Jobactive Overhaul

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 19th February 2019 -  The government’s outsourced jobseeker program has been slammed by a Senate committee, which found the scheme did not help people find work and in some cases acted as a barrier to employment.

Labor Shake-Up to Jobactive Celebrated by Sector

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 9th January 2019 -  The community sector has welcomed Labor’s proposed changes to unemployment services, saying an update to a broken system is long overdue, but the Coalition government has argued

Federal Government to Overhaul of ‘Punitive’ and ‘Outdated’ Jobseeker Program

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 17th December 2018 -  An independent panel has found the federal government’s jobseeker program, Jobactive, to be punitive and digitally outdated, sparking a government commitment to overhaul the

Mental Health of Jobseekers Suffers Under Government Program

Luke Michael, Friday, 2nd November 2018 -  The federal government’s outsourced jobseeker program is a “special kind of hell” for welfare recipients with mental health issues, a Senate inquiry has heard. Jobactive has imposed

Welfare Program Dismisses Complexities of Single Motherhood

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 30th October 2018 -  Established welfare-to-work systems don’t take into account the reality of single mothers’ lives and push them into unstable work, a report says.   The study, released by Good Shepherd
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