ACOSS policy development in this area concentrates on:
- Policies to reduce unemployment, especially long term unemployment;
- Employment assistance, to improve the employment prospects of those most disadvantaged who lack paid work; and
- Adequate incomes, better work incentives, and reasonable activity requirements for those receiving income support payments.
ACOSS advocates payment increases for unemployment people, students and sole parents in order to reduce poverty among these groups.
We call for the creation of a paid work experience program for long term unemployed people, in order to give them experience and training in regular employment, thereby improving their future job prospects.