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This report examines how participation requirements for parents and mature age job seekers receiving income support payments could be adjusted to better take account of their family and community responsibilities.

The Taskforce looked at ways to increase workforce participation, particularly for parents with caring responsibilities while also taking into account family and community responsibilities. Parents told the Taskforce that current job search requirements for certain income support payments were too rigid and unrealistic and current participation rules were often counter-productive to their efforts to gain skills and find work.

The federal government has agreed to the Taskforce's recommendations in relation to parents and carers and will invest $26.8m over four years to improve participation arrangements.

The Taskforce also considered whether mature age job seekers with recent labour market experience should have same participation requirements as other job seekers with full time job search requirements. It concluded that any change in this area should be preceded by broader Government action to ameliorate negative attitudes towards mature age workers.

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