Mar 18, 2004

Finding a job is no route out of unemployment


MEDIA RELEASE: Anthony Albanese – 18 March 2004

1 in 4 people (26.5%) Australians who move off unemployment benefits return to claiming it within just 6 months. A further 1 in 10 (9.7%) were back receiving unemployment benefits within 12 months.

This data was provided by the Department of Family and Community Services in response to a Question on Notice submitted by Labor (Senate Question on Notice No. 2455).

For too many Australians, finding a job is a far too temporary and fruitless event. Under the Howard Government the unemployed are simply being churned from welfare to one temporary job and back again, each time further damaging their self-confidence and compounding the cost to taxpayers.

However, this cycle of misery should surprise no one.

Of the 900,000 people who found employment while using the Government’s Job Network between July 2000 and July 2003, 60% went into jobs that were temporary, casual or seasonal. Just 30% of Job Network participants successfully found permanent employment. (Source: Question on Notice No. 2377)

Furthermore, those who found work through the Job Network were on average earning half the weekly income of other workers. (Source: Question on Notice No. 2378)

Under the Howard Government the Australian economy is not producing the permanent jobs that guarantee the financial security and career prospects the unemployed desperate want, and without which they will continue to struggle to provide for themselves and their families.

Too many unemployed Australians are getting a return ticket back to welfare dependency. What jobseekers need is a one-way ticket to the financial security that only a permanent job can provide.