Growing Jobs and Small Business Package – National Work Experience Programme

From 1 October 2015, the National Work Experience programme will increase the work experience and employment opportunities available for job seekers.

This Budget measure is not subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

Where there is potential for short-term or ongoing paid employment, jobactive and Disability Employment Service providers will be able to place job seekers in up to 4 weeks unpaid work experience at a maximum of 25 hours per week.

The unpaid work experience will be classified as an approved program of work within the Social Security Act 1991.

Job seekers undertaking an approved program are not considered employees under the Fair Work Act 2009 and will receive a supplement of $20.80 per fortnight to meet the costs of participating, such as travel.

Questions and answers

Who is affected by this measure

This measure will affect customers receiving:

Who is eligible for this measure

Job seekers who are registered with jobactive or Disability Employment Services providers who are in receipt of Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance (other), Parenting Payment, Special Benefit and Disability Support Pension (under the age of 35) are eligible for this measure.

Job seekers who volunteer to participate in jobactive or Disability Employment Services and do not receive an income support payment can also be placed in unpaid work experience but will not receive the supplement.

Remote Jobs and Communities Programme participants will continue to have access to separate work experience placements through continuous Work for the Dole hosted by local enterprises and are not affected by this measure.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 October 2015 and is ongoing.

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