Unemployment is an ongoing problem in many industrialized nations. Many people want to work, but they can’t find the right job. There are financial incentives and requirements to force people back into work in Australia.
Some of these include the Jobactive program, where workers receive a minimum wage from the government on top of what they earn as long as they fulfill specific requirements. Critics say that it does not prepare participants for actual jobs in the future or raises their skill level.
The Jobactive program was implemented on July 1, 2015. It’s been found that many people left the program to pursue long-term employment after having done a couple of months in the vocational area. The Jobactive program can be found in all Australian states.
Jobactive is designed to give people the skills and connections to land a job in just three months through internships and support from a work coach. This program makes going from unemployment to employment possible for people in regional Australia, rural and regional areas, Aboriginal communities, geography-related occupations, and more!
One of the programs in Australia, called “Jobactive,” has caused a lot of controversy. Job seekers are only given about $200 for six months. Critics say this doesn’t allow them to go past the area where they live and therefore can’t find jobs. While others say that it makes people start to focus on what type of job is appropriate for them, not being able to get a job when applying through Jobactive because it doesn’t suit them.
The Jobactive program is in place to help people who have disadvantages and need help getting jobs. This includes people from remote or regional communities, indigenous people, refugees and asylum seekers, people aged 55+ looking for extra work over their usual retirement age, recent migrants, or people with an ongoing medical condition. If a person applies for Jobactive then the government will be their employer and allocate them a job based on the skills that they have for them to get back into the workforce.
The Jobactive program is a government-funded employment strategy. It targets long-term unemployed or under-employed people. The benefits of this are:
1) Addressing the need for skilled labor in occupations such as agriculture, manufacturing, and construction.
2) Offers meaningful work with real prospects to develop skills and increase competitiveness
3) Allows participants to build their confidence and self-esteem and ability to contribute to society.
The difference between HASSLE and JobActive is that JobActive excludes no-skill jobs, like cleaning, gardening, and aged care. Instead of six months, it will run for twelve months, and there will be a commitment package available to assist high-risk groups back into work and training. One of the big changes an employer can expect with the JobActive initiative is less paperwork.
According to the employment projections of 2020, retraining students or prospective workers is not a part of the agenda either. The job activation program offers training courses that cover a diverse array of topics divided into many categories. The courses offered also require no participation fee.
With the last budget’s introduction of the re-employment services for the Jobactive program, more than 7000 people have been supported. These new measures cover upskilling and apprenticeships and a targeted case management approach for clients with complex needs. There will also be increased focus on leveraging remote employment assistance services in regional areas to help drive jobs closer to those living furthest from urban wages.