Those north and south of the Gold Coast forced to work

YOUNG locals living in the high unemployment areas of Byron Bay and Logan, both south and north of the Gold Coast, are on notice.

They are believed to be among the first regions likely to be targeted the Coalition’s planned revamp of the work for the dole scheme (participants pictured courtesy of

The Federal Government is today expected to unveil the initial 18 locations across the country where people under 30 will be forced to do something for their welfare payment.


Five of the target areas are in Queensland. reported Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker as saying “All Australians who are capable of working should be working — ideally for a wage but, if not, for the dole”.

The locations have been selected because they are areas of high unemployment, have a high number of job seekers, and Mr Hartsuyker said they could “significantly benefit” from this tough approach to getting people off welfare and back into the workforce.