Video: How people are getting rich from your unemployment

Photo by Claudia Baxter: Sarena Russo

For the hundred of thousands of unemployed people in Australia, joblessness means living in poverty. But for the people who are supposed to help us back into work, our crisis is nothing more than a financial opportunity – one that’s seen job providers become some of the most profitable businesses in the country. Our government has built a poverty machine, and it’s time we take it apart.

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8 Comments on "Video: How people are getting rich from your unemployment"

  1. Paul Kilfoyle | 19 March 2021 at 8:06 am | Reply

    These employment agencies are an absolute joke. No real assistance. Just government washing it’s hands of responsibility and allowing NGO’s to rort public money.

  2. Bring back the commonwealth employment service one stop shop where you could see all jobs advertised and at a lower cost to the tax payers This experience in all private employment services actually cost more not less to run. There will always be a spot for private employment services for executive placements but for the most it’s just not cost effective

  3. This is corporate welfare and theft. Everything this Liberal government does benefits their rich mates. We have such a morally corrupt Government that having not one but four rape cases in Parliament House was seen as “business as usual”.

  4. Michael A Griffin | 19 March 2021 at 8:54 pm | Reply


    PAYING FOR COMPANY PROFITS AND DIRECTOR BONUSES WITH YOUR TAXES AND CUTS TO SERVICES. Jobkeeper cost every Australian $300 bill which cost has gone onto the national debt. Under the neo liberalist economic policies of the LNP we will all be paying for these company profits, bonuses to directors and dividends to shareholders because they make up the $300 bill added to the national debt by jobkeeper rorting. Do these numbskulls really expect the Aust people to pay off this jobkeeper national debt rort with their taxes and cuts to services?

  5. Shaun richens | 23 March 2021 at 12:01 am | Reply

    It’s been happening for many years.
    Not many people know about the disrespectful treatment of older people who are trying to get a job through the employment agencies.
    For example if you are aged between 18-28 the employer receives a payment of $20.000.
    But if your aged from 29 to 65 the employer only receives a payment of $10.000 from the employment agencies.
    So everyone should be standing up and protesting about the way they treat the people looking for work.
    Plus also if you are registered with a employment agency and you find a job by yourself.
    The employment agencies claim a fee by saying that they got the job for you even though you were the one who got the job by yourself.
    So no wonder why people try to find there own employment.

  6. It’s time to address this issue together! Human services minister and Ombudsman…

  7. Robyn Koszyk | 24 March 2021 at 9:34 am | Reply

    I agree with an earlier comment about bringing back something similar to the C’wlth Employment Agencies. It was so easy to go in , look on the wall for a job you would like & suit you. Take the card to the desk where the admin person would phone the person wanting to employ someone, & make an appt for an interview. Much easier for everyone & a lot more cost effective.

  8. Alan Charlton | 24 March 2021 at 9:43 am | Reply

    There is also the problem of disabled who phisicaly can’t work.
    I contracted emphasima late in 2018. When I do any physical task I can only do it for a short time & become very tired for at least 1 day after.
    Yet I can only be exempted from looking for work (which I can’t do) for 2-3 months at a time.
    I expect they treat those with dementia or loss of limbs as being curable too & able to do what they used to do.
    I don’t know how to use a computer nor do I want to. If I had the choice, I wouldn’t even have an email account.

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