WA’s unemployed youth in rejection cycle with entry-level jobs shortage

Unskilled young WA jobseekers are being left in a vicious unemployment cycle, with a shortage of entry level jobs, high competition for work and limited welfare payments hampering employment prospects. Social advocates have called for reforms to improve chances of employment, claiming that currently, “jobs simply don’t exist” for jobseekers without formal qualifications, leaving them…

Federal government reintroduces drug testing for welfare recipients

Welfare recipients will have their payments cancelled if they refuse a drug test in the Coalition’s welfare drug test trial, the Federal Government has warned. The government reintroduced legislation to parliament on Wednesday that would enable drug-testing of 5000 Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients. In introducing the legislation, the Coalition said substance abuse is “not…

OPINION: More Support Is Needed If We Want WA Youths To Get Ahead

Opinion By: Mark Waite, CEO Of Youth Futures WA As an organization we work with a specific cohort of young people who definitely fall into the category of being at-risk of not only youth unemployment but long term unemployment and a reliance on Centerlink. These are the young people that fall through the gaps and…

WA’s youth unemployment rate hits high point

The latest 2019 figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed WA’s youth unemployment rate continues to stay in the double digits. The Government is being called on to action its “jobs plan” and implement policy changes to strengthen the State’s economy in the long term. Youth unemployment has increased to 17.2 per cent, with…

Help the Homeless Art Auction Raising Funds for the Homeless

The annual Help the Homeless Art Action is held on Saturday night, auctioning off the works of local artists to raise funds to help homeless women, and those at risk of becoming homeless in Fremantle. Soroptimist International will host the annual event in Fremantle in order to provide funds for homelessness services such as The…

Armadale Earmarked As A Hotspot For Dole-Bludgers

By Taylah Hanna Over the last year, more than 5% of welfare recipients in WA failed to attend 5 or more centrelink appointments or job interviews. 9830 people are not meeting their welfare requirements. The highest rate of non compliance was reported in Armadale with 188 cases, followed closely by Mandurah, Gosnells, Balga and Rockingham,…