Laws to get peo­ple to look for work

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NEW laws have been passed to get more unem­ployed peo­ple ac­tively look­ing for work.

The So­cial Se­cu­rity Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment (Job Seeker Com­pli­ance) Bill 2011 will al­low sup­port pay­ments to be sus­pended for unem­ployed peo­ple who fail to turn up to ap­point­ments or work pro­grams.

Em­ploy­ment Par­tic­i­pa­tion Min­is­ter Kate El­lis says the un­em­ploy­ment rate na­tion­ally is less than 5 per cent but there are still too many Aus­tralians who are ca­pa­ble of work who rely on un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits.

‘‘The re­al­ity is that with such a low un­em­ploy­ment rate and em­ploy­ers cry­ing out for labour, there are new op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to find work,’’ she says.

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