Work for the dole to be rejigged

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The federal government will revamp its controversial remote work for the dole scheme after revealing one third of jobs it's created have lasted more than six months.

The Community Development Programme (CDP) covers about 35,000 people, mostly from Aboriginal communities.

Participants must do 25 hours of "work-like activities" per week to receive welfare payments, which have included hygiene training, T-shirt dyeing and 3D printing courses.

That's up to three times longer than other unemployed people, and a report found the "disastrous" policy was forcing indigenous families to go hungry as they struggle to keep up with the onerous regime.

The Turnbull government has also come under fire for issuing more than 200,000 fines to CDP workers who fail to show up to activities since it began in July 2015.

But Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion announced on Thursday the program has put remote job seekers into more than 15,000 gigs since inception with about a third reaching the 26-week mark.

Senator Scullion concedes more work can be done to break the cycle of welfare dependency and has flagged a consultation process for a new model to begin in the coming months.

He says he's determined to maintain the CDP's job-creating focus, stating engagement has risen from seven to 62 per cent.

While visiting CDP provider Miwatj Employment and Participation in Arnhem Land on Thursday, the senator said the existing strategy is changing the lives of thousands of people.

"The 26-week outcome is critical because we know if a person stays in a job for at least six months, they have a far greater chance of staying in work over the long term," he said.

The reforms will be developed in partnership with local stakeholders to better tailor welfare arrangements, and Senator Scullion says he's open to "big ideas".

"The new model will need to not only provide jobs, but also support school attendance and build safer, healthier communities," Senator Scullion said.

In March, Labor and the Greens joined with crossbenchers in parliament to force a Senate inquiry into the CDP.

Senator Scullion says he'll seek advice from all sides of the political spectrum.

"Improving outcomes for our First Australians and people in the bush generally should be beyond politics and I call on Labor and the crossbenchers to take a constructive approach and work with the Coalition," he said.

© AAP 2017 Image Credit: AAP Image/Supplied by Brian Egan

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