Queensland Suburb Ruled Australia's Dole Bludging Capital
Two QLD areas make Top 5
Pic: Zonta Club of Caboolture
Queensland has officially topped the list of having the most dole bludgers in the country, with close to 23,000 people failing to turn up to five or more of their Centrelink appointments or interviews.
Caboolture has taken the unwanted title as Australia's dole bludging capital, followed by Blacktown in Sydney.
367 people from Caboolture have missed 5 or more work-for-the-dole appointments in the past year, which is the nation's worse rate of non-compliance.
Also making the Top 10 is Deception Bay (at 5th), Woodridge, Inala and Southport.
Human Services minister Alan Tudge has warned those who make up the numbers:
"The majority are men under 30, who should be doing everything they can to get work. And if they are capable of working, but make no effort to do so, then they are going to find their welfare payments cancelled,"
"It is in no one's interests to have capable young people languishing on welfare when work or training is available"
The employment minister has said welfare dependency for working age, capable Aussies should never be accepted as either inevitable or a suitable lifestyle choice.
TOP 5 DOLE BLUDGER HOT SPOTS:
- Caboolture, QLD
- Blacktown, NSW
- Mildura, VIC
- Frankston, VIC
- Deception Bay, QLD
- Werribee, VIC
- St Albans, VIC
- Dubbo, NSW
- Auburn, NSW
- Dandenong, VIC