23 February 2022, SBS News, Eden Gillespie. Access the full article here.

WISE Employment and the Department of Social Services have launched investigations into the alleged conduct shown in the video.

A job agent has been captured on camera telling an unemployed man that it’s his own fault that he cannot find work.

The video, which the jobseeker shared with the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union (AUWU), begins with the job agent telling the man he needs to attend his appointments on time.

The agent, who works at WISE Employment in South Australia, then asks the man: “why are you unemployed? Have you tried getting a job?”

I’m actually saying that it’s your fault because if you wanted a job you would have had one already.

– Job agent

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