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People Included Inc is a not for profit organisation that provides a flexible platform for the development, design and delivery of projects, programs and services where the measurable success is social benefit.

Our programs aim to address disadvantage through distance, abilities, and financial issues by connecting people from different backgrounds and places to test ideas, learn new skills and tackle social and economic challenges together.

Welcome To The Community Digital Hub

The Community Digital Hub is a vibrant cluster of digital content and technology enterprises, located in key areas around Victoria.

Set up by People Included Inc in 2016, The Community Digital Hub fosters innovation, technological development and creativity in a supportive, entrepreneurial environment. Our resident digital media and technology businesses enjoy excellent infrastructure and support, as well as ample opportunities for collaboration, networking and knowledge-sharing.

The Community Digital Hub is a hothouse for new ideas, energetic entrepreneurs and technological innovation. Our digital growth is not confined to within the walls of the Hub; The local community benefits from our Work For The Dole projects run with support from the local councils. The Community Digital Hub is being improved as we undertake refurbishment works on buildings in our care, bringing them back to life as state-of-the-art office space, and bringing increased footfall to local businesses in the area.

Functions Of The Community Digital Hub:

  • Community Portal
  • Where the virtual becomes reality. Meet and engage with creators, contributors and administrators.
  • Digital Skill Centre
  • Training programs in software, video production, content creation, social media, online marketing.
  • Digital Development For Community Groups And Not For Profits
  • From a simple point in the right direction to full turnkey solutions including web pages, infrastructure, purchasing and policy to e-commerce.
  • Public Forums And Speaker Events
  • Providing a place and program to move the conversation offline and in person. Mix of free and sponsored events.
  • Idea Incubator And Start-Up Support
  • Planning, evaluation, development, advisory and resources.
  • Start-Up Sponsorship
  • Work space, laptop, online infrastructure, active development through participation and peer support.
  • Free Technology Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting for senior, disabled or disadvantaged community members.
  • Computer Bank And Hardware Recycling
  • Community resource for disposal and purchase of refurbished hardware.

Flexible Office Space

Our office space is flexible, affordable and fitted out to a high standard. Whether your business is a one-person start-up or an established, expanding company, we have office space to suit your requirements.

All our offices are ready-to-go, with competitive rates and flexible terms. First-class infrastructure and services are standard.

Office Space Features:

  • Flexible office spaces.
  • Highly competitive, flexible leases.
  • State-of-the-art broadband connectivity.
  • Exhibition space.

For an up-to-date list of offices currently available at The Community Digital Hub, please contact us.

What Is Work For The Dole?

Work for the Dole is a work experience programme which places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills, experience and confidence to move from welfare to work, while giving back to their community.

Job seekers undertake work-like activities at a host organisation or as part of a community-based project. This helps participants in Work for the Dole to:

  • Develop the skills that employers want – like teamwork, communication and reliability.
  • Increase their confidence and show that they are ready to start working.
  • Meet new people and make contacts who can be a referee.
  • Get involved in their local community.
  • Meet their mutual obligation requirements to continue to receive income support.

There may be job seeker prerequisites depending on the place such as police checks or work, health and safety training.

Who Can Do Work For The Dole?

Some job seekers need to meet certain requirements in order to keep receiving income support. These are called mutual obligation requirements.

Job seekers who have mutual obligation requirements (people on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance (Other), or Parenting Payment recipients whose youngest child is at least six years of age) need to complete an Annual Activity Requirement for six months each year. They can do this by participating in Work for the Dole or another approved activity, such as part-time work, part-time study in an eligible course, accredited language, literacy and numeracy training or voluntary work.

A job seeker’s Job Active provider will let them know when they need to take part in Work for the Dole.

Job seekers who don’t have mutual obligation requirements can also ask to participate in Work for the Dole.

Job seekers on income support who are participating in Work for the Dole can receive an income support supplement of $20.80 per fortnight.

How Many Hours Of Work For The Dole Do Job Seekers Need To Do?

There are different requirements based on a job seeker’s age. If job seekers are:

  • Aged under 30 years, they will need to complete 25 hours per week of Work for the Dole (as the principal activity) or another approved activity for six months each year.
  • Aged 30 to 49 years, they will need to complete 15 hours per week of Work for the Dole (as the principal activity) or another approved activity for six months each year.
  • Aged 50 to 59 years, they will need to complete 15 hours per week of an approved activity for six months each year, which can include volunteering for Work for the Dole.
  • 60 years of age or over they can volunteer for Work for the Dole or other approved activities.

Job seekers who have a partial capacity to work or who are principal carer parents will need to participate for around half the number of hours in Work for the Dole (or other approved activities) as full capacity job seekers. Work for the Dole is not available to job seekers aged under 18 years.

Who Can Host A Work For The Dole Activity?

Work for the Dole activities can only be hosted by not-for-profit organisations and local, state, territory and Australian government agencies. Activities may also be hosted in not-for-profit arms of for-profit organisations.

Activities must not take place exclusively on private property unless they are part of a Community Support Project to assist in recovery from natural disasters.

Work for the Dole activities must not involve tasks which:

  • Would normally be done by a paid worker, including a casual or part-time paid employee.
  • Reduce the hours usually worked by a paid employee.
  • Reduce the customary overtime of an existing worker.

Work for the Dole activities cannot take place if the host organisation:

  • Has downsized in the past year and the proposed tasks are the same as roles made redundant.
  • Is using it as a stopgap measure while recruiting or instead of creating paid jobs.

How Can Host Organisations Get Involved?

Each Work for the Dole place will usually last for six months.

Work for the Dole hosts can participate in the programme by:

  • Offering individual places for job seekers – hosts can offer more than one at a time.
  • Undertaking a project delivered by a group of job seekers.

Being a Work for the Dole host allows organisations to undertake projects or activities which they might otherwise not have the capacity to do.

What Is The Role Of The Job Active Provider In Work For The Dole?

Job Active is the Australian Government’s way to help more Australians into work. Work for the Dole is part of Job Active. A network of Job Active providers operates across 1700 locations in Australia to provide employment services to job seekers and employers.

The activities sourced by Work for the Dole Coordinators are made available to Job Active providers to place job seekers into.

The Job Active Provider:

  • Ensures the Work for the Dole activity is appropriate for the job seeker.
  • Agrees the operational requirements with the host organisation.
  • Makes sure the job seeker has any necessary materials, equipment, special clothing or prior training before starting in Work for the Dole.
  • Monitors the job seeker while in Work for the Dole.
  • May also work with community and government organisations to develop Work for the Dole activities.

Where a Work for the Dole activity involves several job seekers, one Job Active provider will take a lead role and be the primary contact with the host organisation.

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What Is A Community Hub

1. Hubs Build Collaborative Communities With Entrepreneurial Individuals At The Centre

Most new entrants to a hub expect, first off, to find a genuine sense of community – a cosy social milieu. These new entrants assume, somewhat romantically, that within the hub community the spontaneous sharing of ideas and resources will flourish. A related expectation is that collaboration at hubs should take place on a fundamentally egalitarian basis between autonomous individuals. Collaborators should thus have equal say in the formulation of shared goals and in subsequent decision-making processes.

Still, hub organizers expect each member to display strong individual agency: They assume that voluntary, self-directed action drives the social dynamic (and energy) of the community as a whole. Yet some authority figures will feature within these presumably egalitarian collaborative communities. Those individuals’ power and influence often derives from their status as hub founder’s, charisma, recognised expertise, and/or strong network position, rather than from any formal leadership role. Hubs thus view individuality, leadership, collaboration, and community participation as complementary rather than opposing characteristics.

2. Hubs Attract Diverse Members With Heterogeneous Knowledge

The second feature we identified as expected in a hub is the belief that, among members, “good things happen when diverse people come together to collaborate.” Hub members welcome diversity in a broad sense (gender, class, and ethnicity), as well as with regard to the knowledge and ideas that different community members bring in.

Whether implicitly or explicitly, hubs subscribe to a theory of innovation that prioritizes creative clashes between people from different networks and domains. Examples include software developers, designers, activists, civil servants, and students – groups that embody diverse perspectives and complementary knowledge sets. Such heterogeneous cognitive resources are thought to make the emergence of novel combinations of ideas and practices more likely, resulting in unique and viable innovations.

3. Hubs Facilitate Creativity And Collaboration In Physical And Digital Space

Hubs are typically set up in metropolitan areas, within facilities that share striking stylistic similarities. A typical hub space might feature wooden furniture, large desks, brick walls, whiteboards, a pool table, at least some artwork, shared kitchen spaces, a coffee bar, meeting rooms, and bean bags.

For hubs, these locational, architectural, and interior design choices are about more than convenience, style, or the cost-effectiveness per se. Within the context of urban geography, hubs serve as vital, physical centres that lend a sense of permanence to members. And architectural and interior design dimensions help foster a collaborative, urban and “buzzy” atmosphere that supports face-to-face interactions. Members see this sort of environment is as integral to creative, collaborative work.

Events such as “hackathons” and “pitch nights” further enhance the value of physical space by promoting contact between individuals and groups that would not normally meet during their daily routines. Digital spaces extend the scope of the hub; for example, websites function as an important digital representation, revealing a hub’s existence to a broader audience and strengthening its identity. Blogs, Twitter feeds, and hub-specific platforms allow participants’ interactions to unfold in various forms online.

4. Hubs Localise Global Entrepreneurial Culture

Hubs view themselves as members of a decidedly global culture. Their core values are shaped by what some refer to as the “global social entrepreneurship movement” or the “start-up revolution.” This sense of shared values and purpose seems to serve as a vital motivating factor for new and existing members that desire to belong to “a global community.” Maintaining a relatively homogeneous entrepreneurial culture also has functional significance; common understandings, concepts, and instruments can facilitate collaboration among members who are meeting one another for the first time, whether at the same hub or across considerable geographic distances.

Yet the global entrepreneurial culture that hubs represent inverts into a type of subculture in the context of many local host societies. In fact, the values and norms upheld within the hub community, which encourage members to behave in socially entrepreneurial and innovative ways, tend to seem new or even alien from the viewpoint of the surrounding (dominant) culture. In Japan for instance, the majority of middle-class parents, schools, government institutions, and corporations remain wary about promoting entrepreneurship among the young, and they know relatively little about alternative organizational designs or strategies. Hubs in cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo must thus enact a “safe space” that recognizes (and even celebrates) different sets of beliefs and behaviours, which non-members may consider a radical counter-culture.

Original Article By Stanford University.