Applications for the new federal unemployment benefit scheme are being processed in Melbourne.

    The deadline for applications is Saturday, April 16.

    Applicants are expected to pay a $180 application fee.

    Applicant’s names will be put on a waiting list for a maximum of two weeks.

    The process is expected to take about two weeks, depending on the size of your business and the number of employees you employ.

    Key points:More than 500,000 people are eligible for the Federal Disability Insurance Scheme in the Victorian capital Applications are due by the end of the week and the deadline for those who do not apply is Saturday Applications for the scheme are expected have a higher threshold for unemployment than other forms of disability assistance such as Job Seekers Allowance, and will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

    Employees and employers must complete a ‘waiting list’ form to apply Employers and applicants must also provide a photo ID and details of any relatives and friends who are currently unemployed.

    The waiting list form is a simple form, and you can use it to show you are qualified to work, including whether you have a job offer or job offers in the future.

    A spokesman for the Victorian Department of Human Services said the new scheme would be similar to the existing Workfare scheme, which was designed to provide temporary help to people who are jobless.

    The Victorian Government said the scheme would help people who cannot find work because of a lack of skills, and is aimed at those who are unable to find a permanent job or are at risk of losing it.

    ‘Dedicated’ to people with disabilities, it will include a dedicated disability advocate and a job training centre to help people with a disability find work.

    Workfare scheme in WA and NT The WA government is also expected to introduce the new Federal Disability Benefits Scheme in regional areas such as the Northern Territory.

    More than a quarter of the WA workforce is in the disability employment market, and the state government estimates about 10,000 unemployed people are working in the region.

    “We want to provide the right support to those people who really need it,” Workfare minister Michael O’Brien said.

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