CANBERRA, AAP – Hundreds of unemployed people are under investigation for submitting inappropriate job applications, skipping interviews or refusing work, just weeks after an employer hotline opened.
More than 300 people have already been dobbed in through the hotline, with 240 under investigation or already copping penalties.
Employment Minister Stuart Robert said some people were clearly wasting time and mucking small business owners around.
At least 110 employers have used the hotline.
“We’ve got reports from restaurants in Sydney they’ve received numerous inappropriate job applications and had several applicants refuse to attend job interviews,” Mr Robert said on Friday.
“We’ve also got reports of a vet in Victoria that has had over a dozen individuals falsely answer yes to: Are you a registered veterinarian in Australia?”
The veterinarian handed over the resumes of the 13 applicants to the employment department.
The non-qualified applicants had previous work experience in industries such as hairdressing, massage therapy and hospitality.
An online sales manager in Brisbane also called the hotline to dob on four applicants who skipped their scheduled interviews.
Unemployed people on JobSeeker payments are required to apply for at least 15 jobs per month.
For every available job in Australia, there are seven people looking for work or more hours.
Anyone dobbed in through the employer hotline could have their welfare payments suspended.
Greens senator Rachel Siewert said the “DobKeeper” hotline was a farce.
She said there were 1.14 million people looking for work and the minister was picking on a few hundred.
“This attempt to once again demonise people looking for work is despicable,” Senator Siewert said.
She said businesses were forced to deal with 17 million job applications every month, despite there being just 243,500 jobs available.
The number will rise to 23 million in July when people on JobSeeker are forced to apply for 20 jobs per month.
“It’s because of the government’s rules that businesses are having to deal with so many applications, but of course Mr Robert is just going to use it as an opportunity to attack people on income support,” Senator Siewert said.