An Australian Government Work for the Dole team has spent a worthwhile six months restoring and helping to sell goods and clothing at the Salvation Army Retail Store in Casino.

The six-month project, ‘Casino Bargains’, gave team members experience in warehousing donated goods, repairing items for sale, creating shop displays and working behind the counter.

The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, today congratulated the team and the project sponsors, the Salvation Army.

“The Salvation Army plays a vital role in Casino. It provides much-needed services to the local community, and this Work for the Dole team has given valuable assistance to the Salvation Army, the store’s patrons and the local community,” Ms Saffin said.

“This Work for the Dole project has allowed team members to develop skills in retail, textiles and administration, while working closely with two valuable local organisations – the Salvation Army and local training organisation, Tursa Employment and Training.

“With their new work skills and experience working in a team and liaising with the community, team members are in a better position to take up future employment opportunities.”  

Ms Saffin said that in line with its election commitment, the Australian Government had reviewed the current employment services and will retain and significantly improve the Work for the Dole program.

“Following extensive consultations, the Government has designed a new, streamlined employment services system that will provide more tailored services for job seekers,” she said.

”Work for the Dole will be an important part of the new employment services that will begin on 1 July 2009. It will have stronger links to training and a focus on securing work.”

Since the introduction of the Government’s Work for the Dole scheme in 1997, more than 628,000 unemployed Australians have taken part in almost 37,000 approved projects across Australia.

More information on the new employment services is at www.workplace.gov.au