Working for the dole

Working for the dole

Federal employment Minister Eric Abetz has conceded there is a risk of employers receiving fake applications if job seekers are forced to apply for 40 jobs a month to claim welfare.

The federal government unveiled $5.1 billion in changes to the work for the dole program yesterday, which includes forcing the unemployed to apply for 40 jobs each month in order to qualify for benefits.

The Opposition says this will only see an increase in fake applications, which Senator Abetz has said could be a risk.

He says the program worked under the Howard government and has anecdotal success.

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