Work for the Dole

Get experience and skills to help find a job and contribute to your local community by taking part in a Work for the Dole activity.

As a Work for the Dole Coordinator, MatchWorks connects you with local organisations and groups with activities to widen your work experience, meet new people and make new contacts.

Available activities include:

  • gardening and maintenance work
  • conservation or environmental projects
  • retail work
  • hospitality
  • office administration
  • warehouse duties.

Contact us to find out about local Work for the Dole activities in your area.

Fast facts

Why should I take part in Work for the Dole?

Work for the Dole activities give you chance to build your current job skills, learn new skills, network with employers and improve your chances of finding a job. Taking part in the activities help you:

  • Develop on-the-job skills
  • Demonstrate abilities to potential employers
  • Obtain references from work experience employers
  • Make new work contacts
  • Take part in training
  • Stay connected to the workforce
  • Provide help in your local community.

Eligible job seekers aged 18-59 years who are registered with a jobactive provider are required to participate. Your employment consultant will tell you if and when you need to start a work experience activity.

What activities can I be involved in?

MatchWorks has a range of activities available to job seekers to meet  in-demand skills in your local area. A Work for the Dole placement may be as part of a team or an individual placement with a host organisation (such as a group or charity).  Visit Work for the Dole activities for more details.

I work casual hours, what if I get called in to work or for a job interview?

Paid employment and job interviews are a priority for all job seekers. Let your jobactive provider know in advance if you can’t attend for any reason. To ensure your consultant can properly record that you have met your requirements, you will need evidence regarding an absence such as a doctor’s certificate, pay slips to show you were working or details of interviews you attended.

How do I travel to a Work for the Dole activity?

Use your own transport or public transport. Work for the Dole participants get a $20.80 supplement payment each fortnight in addition to their regular benefit to help with transport costs. Transport may be provided from a central pick-up point for projects not accessible by public transport. When you sign up for Work for the Dole, your consultant will help plan your travel if required.

More information on Work for the Dole for job seekers: Federal Department of Employment.