Laws to get people to look for work
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.