Lorraine Ferrari with her three children – Tanika, Tyran and Taliesha. Photo: ROB BARICH lor1102a
Lorraine Ferrari with her three children – Tanika, Tyran and Taliesha. Photo: ROB BARICH lor1102a

Mum finds no help with job hunt

SINGLE mum of three Lorraine Ferrari thought she was doing the right thing when she decided to get a job after her five-year-old daughter started Prep this year.

After 12 years on Centrelink benefits, she relished the thought of doing something to stand on her own feet and earn some money.

Her job hunting was so successful she has scored an interview today for a cleaning job.

But Ms Ferrari said her hopes of support through her Job Services Australia provider or Centrelink were in vain.

“I’m struggling financially, but I finally landed myself a job interview,” she said.

“I heard the Job Services Australia provider could help me out with an outfit to wear to the interview, but they said that was out of the question.”

When Ms Ferrari approached Centrelink for help, they told her that because her youngest daughter was only five she was regarded as a “volunteer” job seeker and did not qualify for any assistance.

“I don’t want to sit on my behind and rake in Centrelink money,” she said.

“I want to get paid for what I do. I told them if I had my way I wouldn’t be on Centrelink benefits.”

Ms Ferrari was also hoping for some help to pay a registration fee her potential new job required.

“The place where I might get a job needs me to pay a registration fee of $65, and they have told me if I was with a Job Services Australia provider they would pay it, but when I asked about it they told me that was not possible,” she said.

Ms Ferrari said she had been out of the workforce for 12 years while she raised her children, and the day after her youngest started Prep she went to Centrelink for help.

“But Centrelink says because I made the decision to go out there I did not qualify for help,” she said.

She said she was told if she had waited until her daughter turned six and went to primary school she would then have qualified for some assistance with job hunting.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations was unable to comment yesterday.



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