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Work for the Dole – an opportunity for Not-For-Profits

The following information is provided by Gforce (Ballarat’s appointed Work for the Dole Coordinator Service)

Work for the Dole is a new Federal Government initiative commencing 1st July 2015.

Work for the Dole will assist job seekers to gain new skills and experience whilst providing much needed support to Not-for-profit organisations, by way of additional resources and access to funding.

Some recent examples of activities:

  • Food preparation
  • Retail sales and warehousing
  • Internal refurbishment project – Daylesford Court House
  • Beautification project – Lake Wendouree
  • Building of furniture and toys
  • Administration, customer service, web design, newsletter preparation, cleaning, grounds maintenance, warehousing

Host organisation:

  • Church groups
  • Community kitchens
  • Community based op-shops
  • Neighbourhood houses
  • Councils
  • Men’s sheds

The scope of projects or individual placements within your organisation is only limited to your imagination. Our friendly Work for the Dole Coordinator Services team, based at Gforce’s Ballarat office at 32 Doveton Street North, will assist you in every aspect of the process, including the completion of proposals.  Our team will ensure the activity is compliant with Department of Employment’s guidelines for the program.

We are committed to developing Work for the Dole activities that are beneficial to all stakeholders. Host organisations can receive additional support via resources and access to funding, and job-seekers gain new skills while they look for work. Everyone benefits.

Melissa Darken, Work for the Dole Coordinator, encourages potential host organisations in the Ballarat region wanting to be involved in Work for the Dole to contact her team.

Find out more here




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