We have published a number of stories from Antipoverty Centre surveys, the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union review app, news media and other sources on this site and will be adding to these over time to create an archive of material demonstrating the harms caused by “mutual” obligations and employment services providers.

  • Sarina Russo Jobs Access accused of dumping sensitive information in bin

    28 July 2016, The Daily Mail, Sinead MacLaughlin. Access the full article here. Pages of sensitive data belonging to clients found in a skip bin. Pages included bank details, phone numbers and addresses. A recruitment agency has been discovered allegedly dumping thousands of jobseekers confidential…


  • Jobactive virus kickbacks top $500 million

    29 August 2020, The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton. Access the full article here. Government policies have seen the ‘unemployment industry’ paid millions during the pandemic, while jobless rates soar. When Employment Minister Michaelia Cash approved an advance payment worth more than $100 million for private…


  • Mutual obligations make it harder to get a job

    15 June 2021, The Conversation, Ruud Gerards and Ricardo Welters. Access the full article here. Under so-called mutual obligation rules, the Australian government requires the unemployed to complete activities (including training and applying for a certain number of jobs) in return for receiving unemployment benefits. Failure to…


Employment services survey

The Punishment for Profit report is based on hundreds of responses to surveys conducted by the Antipoverty Centre. This research is ongoing. If you are in Workforce Australia, Disability Employment Services or a similar program, we welcome any information you are able to share about your experiences.

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