Do you need a helping hand?

You may be eligible to host a Work for the Dole activity if you run a not-for-profit organisation such as a charitable agency, sporting club or community group.

Get extra help for a project or task while providing valuable work experience for a job seeker in your community. Complete a project while giving someone new experience and increased confidence to improve their chances of finding a job.

Examples of past and current Work for the Dole activities include:

  • gardening or maintenance jobs
  • building and restoration work
  • help at animal or wildlife shelters
  • hospitality, office and retail work
  • producing publicity materials and websites
  • customer service tasks
  • warehouse duties.

As your local Work for the Dole Coordinator, MatchWorks is your first point of contact to connect you with local job seekers who have the relevant skills and experience to get you on your way.

We guide your organisation through the process of setting up an activity and provide ongoing support once the activity is established.

Lodge a request to host a Work for the Dole activity.

Fast facts

What is a Work for the Dole host organisation?

Host organisations are responsible for developing and managing a group activity or brokering individual placements for job seekers. The host organisation performs administrative functions on behalf of jobactive providers.

Who can host a Work for the Dole activity?

Not-for-profit organisations and local, state, territory and Australian government agencies. Not-for-profit arms of for-profit organisations can also host activities.

How can Work for the Dole benefit your organisation?

Not-for-profit organisations often have limited resources. By hosting a Work for the Dole activity, you can access personnel to undertake projects or work that could not otherwise be completed.

What is the purpose of Work for the Dole?

Work for the Dole activities help job seekers get valuable skills and experience for moving into employment while also engaging with their local community. Funding is available to offset costs incurred by hosting a Work for Dole activity such as supervision, work health and safety and equipment. Your Work for the Dole Coordinator can discuss funding options with you.

What makes a good Work for the Dole activity?

Suitable Work for the Dole activities aim to engage the job seeker and develop skills while providing a community benefit. Activities may support an individual job seeker or involve job seekers working as a team to meet a specific goal. Activities ideally run continuously for six months. Work for the Dole activities should not cover tasks that a paid worker – including a casual or part-time employee – would do. Neither should the placement reduce the hours or customary overtime usually worked by a paid employee.


More information about being a Work for the Dole host is available from the Federal Department of Employment website.