Would you dob in a dole bludger? Bosses snitch on unemployed Aussies who submit inappropriate job applications, skip interviews or refuse work – and anyone found guilty will have their welfare SUSPENDED
- Over 100 employers have dobbed in inappropriate job applicants via new hotline
- Applicants have refused interviews and work, and lied in job applications
- Jobseekers found to have acted wrongly faces having their welfare suspended
Hundreds of unemployed people are under investigation for submitting inappropriate job applications, skipping interviews or refusing work, just weeks after an employer hotline opened.
More than 300 people have already been dobbed in through the hotline, with 240 under investigation or already copping penalties.
Employment Minister Stuart Robert said some people were clearly wasting time and mucking small business owners around.
More than 100 employers unhappy with the efforts of jobseekers have called a new hotline to dob them in, after which they risk having their welfare cut off
Employment Minister Stuart Robert claimed some jobseekers were wasting time and mucking small business owners around
At least 110 employers have used the hotline.
‘We’ve got reports from restaurants in Sydney that they’ve received numerous inappropriate job applications and had several applicants refuse to attend job interviews,’ Mr Robert said on Friday.
‘We’ve also got reports of a vet in Victoria that has had over a dozen individuals falsely answer yes to: Are you a registered veterinarian in Australia?’
The veterinarian handed over the resumes of the 13 applicants to the employment department.
The non-qualified applicants had previous work experience in industries such as hairdressing, massage therapy and hospitality.
An online sales manager in Brisbane also called the hotline to dob on four applicants who skipped their scheduled interviews.
Some jobseekers have tried to game the requirement to apply for 15 jobs a week by making false claims in job applications or refusing interviews
Unemployed people on JobSeeker payments are required to apply for at least 15 jobs per week.
For every available job in Australia, there are seven people looking for work or more hours.
Anyone dobbed in through the employer hotline could have their welfare payments suspended.