I have employed two people from a job agency. One was a mum returning to work after 15 years out of the workforce and other one a younger person with no work experience just trying together a foot in the door. The job agencies provided the employer with an incentive which was about $1500- at the end of the first 3 months of employment and another $1500 at the end of six months of employment. This worked well as it helped cover the costs of the extra training these people needed, and a couple of manadatory certificates they needed to obtain. But instead of the job agency having to organise the industry specific training we organised it as the employer.
It meant that when recruiting you have less to lose by paying for training, inductions etc as opposed to employing someone who already had these skills.
I think their should be more encouragement and help to businesses to get them to give genuine job seekers a go who may not have the experience of others.
In a country like Australia, no child should be raised in poverty.
I find the fact that studying single parents etc are forced to live and bring up children on new start unconscionable.
No one is saying the dole should be a grand a week. Then I would agree there is no incentive. But the dole is just over $400 p/f. Nothing. People on payments not only can't pay their bills, but they can't afford public transport all the time to go to interviews and cold canvass. There is no money for a nice outfit or a hair cut that might set them above the 300 other applicants. So it's a cycle. Once they are out of work for a while, they still have the issue of no money to look for work, but also have the 'unemployable' stamp on their forehead. Employers see they have been out of work a year and think there must be something wrong with them, so don't hire.
Honestly, if it's such a good life, go on the dole and the fact some people always seem to miss the fact they take middle class welfare in the form of BB or FTB but then rag on people on the dole always amuses me. All the payments are a leg up. Saying they aren't the same is just semantics.
I actually support the move for SAHP's to return to work. My issue is 1) for single parents that are looking for work or studying they should get the same amount they did before but have to fulfill the criteria i.e. studying or looking for work 2) the logistics of returning to work. For those of us with a partner, it's easier to avoid day care fees, to have them pick up the kids from school bc they finish earlier than you. There are often no places, it's too expensive etc etc
I do think that Newstart (and several other welfare payments) should be increased.
Lets not kid ourselves, living on newstart (even if you get FTBA, FTBB and rent assistance) ... its not a life of luxury. The vast majority of people would not do this out of choice.
I would like to see the breakdown of the total $ paid to Long term unemployed, shorter term unemployed, the amount of training etc ... I think people would be surprised at the actual % of those 'dole bludgers who dont want to work' as opposed to those who are on welfare for say 1-2 years before finding their feet.
This opinion might not be that popular here - but I do think that several of the 'middle class welfare' type payments need to be reviewed as there are many, many people who receive welfare who do not actually need it to survive. Thats not to say its not helpful, just that its not necessary and with limited resources, I would rather the bigger portion of the welfare pool go to those who are living below the poverty line.
For example in my own situation, when DD was born I was entitled to FTB part B, the baby bonus and some other assistance. Did I need that? No. Was it nice? sure ...
(and yes, I did take the money. I take whatever tax deductions and entitlements the government tells me I can, and pay the tax the govt tells me I must. Having more money simply meant that I was able to donate more money to the charities and people I wanted to help rather than giving it to the govt for them to decide who to give it to).
Sorry I don't really follow what you said at all.
People can't bring children up on no help from the government unless they have an income.
Do you have a job lovemyfam?
For single parents to receive government assistance so they can study and improve their career outcomes benefits everybody.
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