Hon. Peter Dutton.
Minister for Workplace Participation.
After weeks of being assured by all and sundry that I would
be subsidised to go to TAFE this semester, I just got rejected. Centrelink approved doing the course, but my Job Network Provider (JNP) refused my application. Apparently I'm better off doing Work for the Dole or Intensive Assistance.
My sheepish caseworker (who had repeatedly said that it should be "no worries") told me that I was rejected because a)they don't fund "arts courses" and b)there was no guarantee of full-time employment at the end of the course. He also said that two or three months ago, it wouldn't have been a problem. Then he went on a bit about how he "doesn't agree" with his job, about all the injustice, yadda yadda. All things that don't help me a bit.
Okay, first of all, I wouldn't really describe a TAFE certificate in Graphic Design as an "arts course." The difference between TAFE and universty is that it is industry focused; it's about getting work done and sending it ready for the printers.
On the second point, does anyone know a course that guarantees
full-time employment? I think only the army can make that promise. Simon the Case Worker said the kind of thing they would fund are courses like a forklift license.
Right now, I'm super pissed off. I was due to start the course on Monday and now I have to withdraw. I could go on Austudy, but that would mean a substantial cut in my Centerlink payments (which I really can't afford) and still wouldn't solve the problem of paying for course materials before Monday morning. And besides, the main reason I wanted to do the course was to be able to get work. Fuck it, it seems like a more productive thing to do than fucking Work for the Dole.
What are my options? As far as I know, there is no-one I can appeal the decision to. I guess I could speak to my local MP (imagine me dry-wretching at the prospect) because the JNP cited the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations as the reason. I can't see the dilemma being solved before Monday, whatever I do.UPDATE 4:47PM: