Jobseeker drug test

TESTING: Random drug tests will be performed on 5000 welfare seekers across Australia.
TESTING: Random drug tests will be performed on 5000 welfare seekers across Australia. Sophie Volker

WELFARE seekers across the country will soon face random drug testing as part of the Federal Government's trial to overhaul illegal drug use.

Announced as part of Tuesday night's Federal Budget, 5000 New Start or Youth Allowance recipients will be selected for random drug testing when the trial begins on January 1, 2018.

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the locations for the random drug-testing trials were still being decided, but he said any community would benefit from such testing.

"This is a trial that we'll be rolling out to ensure that those people who are able to access this privilege (welfare) are treating it with the respect that they should, and ensuring they put themselves in the very best position to get a job,” Mr Littleproud said.

"It's also about ensuring that the taxpayers' money is being used effectively; hard-working Australians don't expect their tax dollars to fund a welfare recipient's drug habit.”

Under the new trial, if a jobseeker tests positive to drugs, they will be immediately placed on welfare quarantine, and if they refuse testing, they will lose access to welfare.

The government will provide drug users with programs and support to give them the help they need.

"I think you'll see a more focused approach to those that are touched by drugs in our life, and as a society, we'll only improve,” Mr Littleproud said.

Topics:  centrelink david littleproud drug-testing federal budget jobseekers youth allowance

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Racing returns to Dalby motocross track

LET'S ROLL: The Go Girl Australia Racing series hits Dalby this weekend.

Competitive racing is back in town

Man found not guilty of child rape charge

NOT GUILTY: Man was acquitted of child rape allegation.

A jury has found a man not guilty of child rape in a Dalby court

Man airlifted, Warrego Hwy shut after machinery incident

A Chinchilla man in his 50s will be airlifted to hospital after an incident on the Warrego Highway, 8km west of Chinchilla, around midday.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area about 10km west of Chinchilla

Local Partners

New lookout at Myall Creek

The bridge will be closed to pedestrian access from next week until the end of June for construction.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

OWNERS of icon Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld want to super-size the site with accommodation and entertainment to turn it into Australia’s Disneyland.

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000 calorie diet

Brian Shaw won his 4th World's Strongest Man title. Source: Twitter

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000-calorie diet

ABC2 slammed over football exhibition match coverage

Fans weren't too happy with ABC2's coverage of Wednesday night's game.

ABC2 slammed for coverage of soccer exhibition match

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

Join us for a Great Night as we Proudly present Lisa Wilkinson

“And you believe everything you read?”

Rebel Wilson trial: The secret we never could have known

Rebel Wilson outside court

“Most people wouldn’t know it exists,” she said.

Janet’s back in the ring

Marta Dusseldorp returns in season three of the TV series Janet King.

Season three of ABC's legal drama delves deeper than ever before.

Game of Thrones drops new trailer for season 7

Game of Thrones fans have been given a new trailer for season 7.

Fans are finally getting a full-throttled peak at season seven.

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!