A website that aims to help unemployed Australians find employment has been criticised by critics for offering up a list of jobs it deems “unqualified”.
The Australian Government website, unemployment.gov.au, said job seekers could apply for the Employment Security Benefit or the Employment Insurance Supplement, which gives up to $1,000 per fortnight, or a combination of both.
The unemployment benefit scheme allows jobseekers to claim the benefit, or two months of income support and a maximum of $1.5, per fortnight for each month of unemployment.
The employment insurance supplement, which is paid by the Government, is paid on top of unemployment payments.
But the website said it did not offer any information on the amount of money a job seeker could receive, nor how much they would be eligible for.
“To date, there are no jobseekers who have not found a job within six months of applying,” the website says.
“There are only two jobseekers currently seeking work with a jobseeker’s allowance who have lost their jobs.”
We are therefore advising job seekers to apply for a job before they leave unemployment.
“The Department of Human Services will provide further details of this process later in the year.”
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the website was misleading.
“It is simply wrong that they’re trying to mislead the unemployed,” Mr Shorten told reporters.
“These are jobseekers, not the government, they’re just trying to get through the first two months, not find a job.”
Mr Shorten also accused the government of “playing with the lives of job seekers” by offering them the benefits.
“What this website shows is that the government is trying to play with job seekers’ lives by providing them with a benefit that is actually very poor and they should not receive,” he said.
The website’s co-founder and chief executive, Mark O’Sullivan, said he was “delighted” by the criticism of the website.””
If that’s what they’re doing, they need to be held to account.”
The website’s co-founder and chief executive, Mark O’Sullivan, said he was “delighted” by the criticism of the website.
“For the past six months, I’ve been working on building the best jobs site on the internet, and I am delighted to see this site has received such strong criticism from the Opposition,” he wrote on Twitter.
“If this is the case, the Opposition are right in pointing out that we are a site for people to find jobs, not a place for the Government to make them look for jobs.”