Australia: a workfare state from 2015 – Full Gov tender info and news resources

[ News coverage ]

“Australian Government believes that all job seekers should remain active and engaged while looking for work. From 1 July 2015, most job seekers will be required to:

– undertake up to 40 job searches per month unless there are exceptional circumstances
– agree to a Job Plan that will outline what they will do to improve their work readiness and  to follow through on these commitments
– complete Work for the Dole for 25* hours per week for six months each year if they are aged under 30 years
– complete Work for the Dole for 15 hours per week for six months each year if they are aged 30 to 49 years
– complete an approved activity for 15 hours per week for six months each year if they are aged 50 to 59 years.”

Tender documents:

Exposure Draft for Employment Services 2015-2020 Purchasing Arrangements.pdf
Exposure Draft for Employment Services 2015-2020 Purchasing Arrangements.docx
Appendix E Maps of Employment Regions.pdf

* This was originally blank, 25 is what is being reported.



Excellent video: Living Wage Thurrock Council vote against #workfare

Court orders DWP to name and shame workfare exploiters

View full decision: “The DECISION of the Upper Tribunal is to dismiss the [DWP] appeals” (download as a PDF) and the full history of one of the FOI request’s of 25 January 2012, concerning the names of Mandatory Work Activity placement hosts.

This Upper Tribunal decision concerned the DWP’s First Tier tribunal decision appeal against three ICO decision notices FS50438037, FS50438502 and FS50441818 all requiring the DWP to name workfare placement hosts.

Above via

Benefit sanctions ‘review’ by @MJ_Oakley published – (updated 23/7/14)

[The sanctions report by @MJ_Oakley a “cosmetic exercise to justify the DWP but ignoring the real issues”]

Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions: review report and 17 recommendations (read online) – Government response Government to update communications with benefit claimants

Discuss review at:

The sanctions report a “cosmetic exercise to justify the DWP but ignoring the real issues”

BBC: Benefits sanctions double against women, disabled and lone parents

Guardian: Benefit sanctions hit most vulnerable people the hardest, DWP report says “Claimants not told about hardship system and benefit sanctions imposed when they were not at fault”

SNP: Benefit sanctions rocket at hands of Westminster “Lone parents have been hit the hardest, with a staggering 563 per cent increase in sanction since 2009.”

“4. CPAG is concerned that the terms of reference for this review appear to be narrower than what is required by legislation”

Copies of 17 submissions to JSA sanctions review

Supervised Jobsearch Pilot Scheme launched: 35 hours per week for 13 weeks

The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Supervised Jobsearch Pilot Scheme) Regulations – Made – – – 17th July 2014 – Read the regulations online or download original PDF file: via

Scheme for jobseekers registered at Jobcentres in: (a) East Anglia; (b) Black Country; (c) Mercia; (d) Surrey & Sussex; (e) West Yorkshire.

Dystopian 35 Hours a Week Supervised Jobsearch for Jobseeker’s Allowance Pilot

Two more FOI workfare tribunals for #WorkProgramme and Day One Support for Young People Trailblazer

Following the recent Upper Tribunal hearing into releasing the names of workfare hosts for the Mandatory Work Activity scheme. Two further hearings have been set for Thursday October 30th, for the names of workfare placement hosts under the Work Programme and the Day One Support for Young People Trailblazer (“DOSfYP”).



#Workfare operatives: @GroundworkCaerp ‘Charity’ say mandatory ‘Community Work Placements’ for “volunteers”

Copy of Job Description referring to mandatory workfare for benefits (Community Work Placements) as being voluntary.

Job title: Site Activity Supervisor
Responsible for: Supervising a group of Community Work Placement referrals, Operatives

Key Area: Coordination and Supervision of Practical Tasks.

– To supervise groups of volunteers in a range of structured activities focussed on the nursery site that will support activities for Butterwick Trees, food production and other social enterprises.” [emphasis added]