Information about Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities

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Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities provide an extra set of hands to undertake activities and projects for local communities that may not normally get done.

What are Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities?

Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities are activities which:

  • have an Indigenous Host Organisation and/or are for the benefit of an Indigenous community,
  • are linked to community goals, and
  • help support achievable and meaningful career pathways for Indigenous job seekers.

They can be Individually Hosted Activities or Group Based Activities.

What are the benefits for Indigenous communities and job seekers?

Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities provide an extra set of hands to undertake activities and projects for local communities that may not normally get done.

Funding is also available to help with the cost of hosting Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities.

Participating in Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities helps participants to:

  • develop the skills that employers want—like team work, communication and reliability
  • increase their confidence and show that they are ready to start working
  • meet new people and make contacts who can be a referee
  • get involved in their local community.

What are some examples of Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities?

Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities could include:

  • assisting with the sale of merchandise and booking appointments at a cultural centre
  • assisting with the opening and closing of a cultural café as well as basic food and beverage preparation
  • the ongoing upkeep of the community common grounds
  • constructing an educational trail and signage at an Indigenous facility
  • renovating a community facility
  • creating and building a community garden to grow vegetables that can be given back to the community.

Who can host an Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activity?

Work for the Dole Activities can only be hosted by not-for-profit organisations, not-for-profit arms of for-profit organisations, and local, state, territory and Australian government agencies.

There is a network of jobactive Providers across Australia who will work with eligible Host Organisations to identify suitable Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities that are of benefit to the community, and will help provide meaningful career pathways for Indigenous job seekers.

How are Indigenous specific Work for the Dole Activities different to the Community Development Program?

The Community Development Program (CDP) is a separate Employment Service that operates in remote regions of Australia.

CDP and Work for the Dole have different program requirements. Further information on the CDP is available from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

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