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Become a Work for the Dole Host

changing lives, building stronger communities

With your help, job seekers could gain valuable skills and work experiences

Do you need Volunteers?

As well as supporting your local community by offering a work experience placement, you will have access to an extra set of hands to undertake activities and projects that may not normally get done.

Funding may be available to you to host a Work for the Dole activity. This funding can help offset costs such as supervision, work health and safety controls or equipment related to the activity.

 We are currently looking for host organisations to work with us to provide valuable work experiences to job seekers living in:

  • Townsville
  • Mount Isa
  • Charters Towers
  • Ingham
  • Brisbane Southeast – South of the river, including Beaudesert and Logan City

What is Work for the Dole?

Work for the Dole is part of the Australian Government’s Workforce Australia framework.  If your business is a not-for-profit organisation, you could provide job seekers work experience by placing them in activities where they can contribute to their local community, build new skills, and grow their confidence and skills.

We are always looking for not-for-profit host organisations to work with us to provide valuable work experiences, get in touch with our team to find out how we can help.

Work for the Dole activities must not displace paid workers. Participants cannot do tasks that would normally be done by a paid worker where it impacts casual or part-time work, reduces the hours of a paid worker or reduces the available overtime for an existing employee.

How can Work for the Dole benefit your organisation?

As a host, you can offset the cost of suitable projects and we will work with you to create individual placement opportunities, like working in your retail store or to develop larger community projects such as building and restoration projects.

Not-for-profit organisations often have limited resources; by hosting a Work for the Dole activity you will have access to job seekers that could undertake projects that otherwise you could not complete. 

What is the role of the host organisation?

As a Work for the Dole Host, you will be responsible for:

  • Supervision and attendance records
  • Training for the activity
  • Meeting work health and safety requirements

Your Designer Life coordinator will continue to provide you with ongoing support.


We have job seekers wanting to begin work experience in:
Customer service
Hospitality and retail
Building and construction
Animal and wildlife work
Aged care and community services
Entry level warehousing

Contact our Work for the Dole team on  wfd@designerlife.com.au  to find out how we can support you


FACT SHEET for Host Organisations 

As a Work for the Dole Host Organisation, you are a critical part of the program. You will provide work-like activities for job seekers.


Activity Supervisors can manage and submit job seeker attendance records directly to the Department of Jobs and Small Business employment services system.

HANDBOOK for Host Organisations

More information about being a host is available on The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Collection Notice

Why we collect your personal information

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and a Provider of Employment Services and Queensland and Australian Government programs, we collect your personal information so we can process and manage your enrolment and your participation in our offered services. If you do not provide personal information to us, we may not be able to offer services to you. Before providing your information, please refer to the privacy policy on our website regarding the program you wish to enrol in or enquire about. If you would like to speak to somebody about your privacy and the provision of your personal information to Designer Life, please call or email us.

Acknowledgement of Country

indigi ti flagsIn the spirit of reconciliation Designer Life acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.