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Hosting Work for the Dole

Register your interest as a Work for the Dole host organisation

Work for the Dole (WfD) is a government initiative that provides job seekers with the opportunity to gain skills, experience and confidence required to move from unemployment to paid work, while making a positive contribution to their local community.

Job seekers are required to undertake a WfD activity for six continuous months each year while they remain unemployed. Some job seekers will have to participate for 25 hours a week, while others have a 15 hour a week requirement. Some will undertake a combination of approved activities concurrently to achieve their required hours each week.

Offers to host WfD placements within not-for-profit or government organisations are gratefully received.

Becoming a Work for the Dole host organisation

Hosting a WfD placement at your organisation comes with many benefits:

  • Assistance with the expansion or commencement of community programs
  • Funding for projects or programs
  • Additional people power to progress important works
  • Additional support for existing or new community services/programs
  • The knowledge you’re helping to change people’s lives for the better
  • The chance to review potential candidates for paid positions in your organisation.

Hosts receive funding which is based on the nature and size of the activity provided.

What does a host organisation do?

A host organisation provides ‘work-like’ activities for job seekers, by offering either an individual placement within their organisation or a project that can be delivered by a group of participants.

Which organisations can act as hosts?

WfD activities can be hosted by not-for-profit organisations/charities, or local, state, territory or Commonwealth Government organisations. For-profit organisations are not eligible.

WfD activities can take all sorts of forms, including:

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Horticulture
  • Building, carpentry and maintenance
  • Reception and customer service
  • Office administration
  • Warehousing
  • Community arts
  • IT support

Register your interest as a WfD host organisation

Are you a not-for-profit or government organisation interested in hosting WfD participants? Simply register your details below and we’ll be in touch with you within 24 hours.


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