Work-for-the-dole trial for North, North-West

THE NORTH and North-West are amongst the first 18 nationwide locations where people under 30 will have to start working for dole payments.

The federal government today released a list of areas where unemployed people aged 18 to 30 will have to work 15 hours a week for six months, if they have been receiving payments for 12 months or more.

The scheme will start from July 1.

Tasmanian council areas that fall into this initial rollout of the scheme include:

George Town, Launceston, Break O'Day, Northern Midlands, West Tamar, Meander Valley, Dorset, Flinders Island, Latrobe, Devonport, Central Coast, Burnie, Waratah-Wynyard, King Island, Circular Head, and West Coast.

Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic said the government would call for tenders this week for a work for the dole co-ordinator for the North.

``These co-ordinators will have the vital, on-the-ground task of identifying local organisations willing to host a work for the dole place, and connecting those organisations with employment-service providers in the area,'' he said.

Work for the dole places will be sourced in not-for-profit organisations, local councils and federal and state government agencies.


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