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The federal government has revealed details of what will constitute work-for-the-dole activities, saying the jobs will be designed to help job seekers ''give something back to the community''.
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A spokeswoman for Assistant Employment Minister Luke Hartsuyker said work-for-the-dole activities would take place in the non-profit sector and for community-based organisations.
They would range from office administration and clerical work for local charities, to customer service in the retail shop of a non-profit organisation, to landscaping jobs and repair work.
They could involve one person working in a Salvation Army op-shop, or teams of five to six people painting a community hall.
The changes are part of the government's $5.1 billion job placement program, announced on Monday, that came with an overhaul of the work-for-the-dole program.
Most job seekers who wish to keep receiving unemployment benefits will now be asked to submit 40 job applications a month, as well as work for the dole.
The spokeswoman said co-ordinators of the new program would be asked to work with community organisations and employment service providers to find suitable activities and places for job seekers.
''The activities are designed to allow job seekers to give something back to the community and will reflect the specific needs and priorities of different regions,'' the spokeswoman said.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday he did not think it was unreasonable to ask job seekers to submit 40 job applications a month, despite complaints from business that it would increase red tape.
''What we want is job seekers who are active, not passive,'' Mr Abbott told 2UE radio. ''It is not an unreasonable expectation or aspiration that we have … we want to ensure that people on unemployment benefits really are serious in looking for work, but we don't want to unnecessarily burden small business,'' he said.