Mr Peter Davidson from the Australian Council of Social Service to discuss ‘Does Work for the Dole work?’

The 2015 Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference will be held on the 9 – 10 November 2015 at Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The 2 day Conference Program is designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. The program includes an extensive range of topics with Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies and Posters.

Concurrent Session Chair: Mr Peter Davidson, Senior Adviser, ACOSS

Concurrent Session Time: Tuesday 10 November, 11.32am – 12.02pm

Abstract: Does Work for the Dole work?

Work for the Dole plays a prominent part in the Abbott Government’s employment services architecture. Most long term unemployed people will be expected to participate in the program. This is not surprising since the Prime Minister himself was responsible for entrenching the program as Employment Services Minister in the early 2000s.

Over the years the program has accumulated diverse objectives from ‘giving something back’ to the community to improving self-esteem, skills and work incentives.

This paper will present evidence on the effectiveness of work for benefit schemes here and overseas in improving participant’s employment prospects. It draws a distinction between ‘threat’ or ‘referral’ effects (which are strong) and ‘program’ effects (which are weak) and offers explanations for these strengths and weaknesses.

Finally this session will conclude with alternatives to Work for the Dole presented.

To find out more about the Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference or to view the full Conference Program please click here.