More Australians could soon be forced into a labour force if the federal government’s controversial “workfare” scheme is implemented.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government will implement the workfare program on Wednesday and Friday.
Under the scheme, workers will be required to work two hours per week for two weeks.
They will be eligible for welfare payments if they earn more than $45,000 per year.
The program is set to be rolled out in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.
Workfare is a federal government program which offers workers a $5,000 grant to work on a temporary basis for up to six months, including on the weekends.
Under Labor’s program, the grant is capped at $3,000 and there are no penalties.
The ACT Government says the work scheme will be a temporary program, but the ACT Government said the program would have a long-term impact on jobs in the ACT.
The Workfare program is also a key plank in the government’s budget, as the government has promised to make $300 million to the states to support job creation.
Topics:government-and-politics,business-economics-and/or-finance,jobs,social-policy,jobs-and.employment,australiaFirst posted March 01, 2019 10:35:59Contact James LintonMore stories from New South Welsh