Genuine Paid Employment

MEP strongly encourages genuine paid employment.  All workers, regardless of where they’re from, take to their work duties better where they receive a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. If you have any job vacancies, please let us know – MEP can:

  • Advertise vacancies to our existing participants
  • Assist with participants’ applications
  • Provide on-the-job work-skills support (also known as Post Placement Support)
  • Fund personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Fund Pre-employment medicals, tickets and short course qualifications
  • Fund Ochre Cards and criminal history checks

Where participants reach 26 weeks of genuine paid employment, Employers themselves receive an incentive payment from the Federal Government of $7,500 (for a full-time employee) or $3,750 (for a part-time employee).

Labour Hire Arrangements

MEP can offer labour-hire arrangements for employers with seasonal or short term work.  Our standard hourly labour-hire rates are as follows:

  • Other industry rates, penalty rates and/or one-off fixed-price jobs can be quoted
  • Includes all Modern Award entitlements, superannuation, workers compensation insurance and management fees
  • Terms and Conditions apply

Hosted Placements In A Real Workplace

Employers can host participants in their workplace as they fulfill their weekly DHS participation requirements. In these situations, participants:

  • Can engage in contract work, tendered work and other income-generating activity
  • Are limited by the Department’s staff-to-participant ratio-rules
  • Are generally engaged short-term, up to two weeks, till they are work-ready

Employers can also pay Paid Work Assignment Hours to participants for any hours over-and-above their DHS participation requirements.  In these situations, participants:

  • Can engage in contract work, tendered work and other income-generating activity for the hours they are paid
  • Are not limited by the Department’s staff-to-participant ratio-rules
  • Might overlap Paid Work Assignment Hours with DHS participation requirements

Additional information:

Paid work that earns approximately $1,000 each fortnight will allow a participant to leave their DHS allowance (and also leave their DHS Participation Requirements) entirely.  Earnings below this amount only allows a participant to continue on their DHS allowance (and also continue having DHS Participation Requirements) at a reduced allowance rate.
 
Where participants are engaged in Hosted Placement in a Real Workplace MEP will:

  • Identify and support the needs of both the workplace and participant
  • Draft a Plan to progress the participant toward genuine paid employment
  • Hold fortnightly reviews on the participant’s progress toward paid employment
  • Fund Pre-employment medicals, tickets and short course qualifications
  • Where available, source traineeship/internship support
  • Fund transport assistance on a case-by-case basis
  • A Contractual Host Agreement applies (see attached)

Additional information: ratio-rules for Hosted Placements in a Real Workplace:

  • Hosts with up to 10 employees can have up to two placements
  • Hosts with 11-20 employees can have one placement for every five ongoing employees
  • Larger hosts, including Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments, with 20 or more employees can have four placements plus one additional placement for every 10 ongoing employee over 20 employees.

Example: an organisation with 32 staff can have five placements.

Hosted Placements In A Work For The Dole Activity

Organisations can deliver WFD Activities (on behalf of MEP) for any number of participants as they fulfill their weekly DHS participation requirements.  In these situations, participants:

  • Cannot engage in contract work or tendered work
  • Can only engage in income-generating activity where it doesn’t compete with existing local business
  • Are not limited by the Department’s staff-to-participant ratio-rules
  • Can negotiate a payment from MEP to assist the delivery of the WFD Activity
  • A Contractual Host Agreement applies (see attached)

Our Participants: Some things to remember...

  • Our participants are Work for the Dole participants, often with a limited history of work-life and work-routine.  Patience and understanding is a must.
  • MEP does not support “free labour” – MEP is committed to the “Give and Get” principle: Employers give an opportunity to support disadvantaged participants into work-life; in the short-term they get an extra set of hands and in the long-term a valued staff member.
  • While participants are in Hosted Placements in a Workplace, they retain the ability to leave the placement for other opportunities for paid work.
  • Keep some perspective: the average participant in Work for the Dole earns under $600 per fortnight for their efforts.  At 25 hours per week, this equates to a “wage” of under $12 per hour – let’s work together to help them earn their real worth.

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