Young unemployed must work for payments

The grey shaded areas of the map show the 18 areas where unemployed people aged 18 to 30 will have to compulsorily work 15 hours a week for six months if they have been receiving payments for more than 12 months.

The grey shaded areas of the map show the 18 areas where unemployed people aged 18 to 30 will have to compulsorily work 15 hours a week for six months if they have been receiving payments for more than 12 months.

UNEMPLOYED young people in the North will have to start working for their Newstart or Youth Allowance payments from July 1.

The federal government yesterday released a list of 18 areas, which included the North and North-West, where unemployed people aged 18 to 30 will have to compulsorily work 15 hours a week for six months if they have been receiving payments for more than 12 months.

Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients will see their work for the dole hours increased to 25 hours a week in July 2015.

Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic said the government would call for tenders this week for a Northern Work for the Dole co- ordinator, who would identify not-for-profit organisations and councils willing to host scheme participants.

Federal and state government agencies are also eligible to benefit from the scheme.

Mr Nikolic said the scheme was based on the premise that all young Australians capable of working should be working.

"They should be earning, learning or working for the dole," he said.

"Work for the Dole is an important part of the government's plan to help young job seekers gain the skills and experience they need to move from welfare to work and make a positive contribution to their local community."

Youth Network of Tasmania project officer Tegan Pearce said the scheme did not appear to take into account young people's skills, abilities and interests.

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