A dole recipient has shared how he applied for 15 jobs in just three minutes in order to abide by Centrelink’s rules, which require him to make several applications each month.
Sydney-based music producer ‘Mumfighter’ posted a video to his social media accounts on Wednesday showing how he meets government requirements for the JobSeeker payment.
Mumfighter filmed a video where he challenged himself to send 15 job applications in eight minutes – which he actually smashed out in three minutes and 22 seconds.
Under JobSeeker’s so-called mutual obligation requirements, anyone who receives the government payment – which starts at $642.70 a fortnight – is expected to search for jobs for 15 to 29 hours per week.
They must apply for a set number of positions each month – but he managed to do most of them in one day in a ‘speed run’.
Mumfighter begins the video by narrating to the camera, ‘Centrelink job application speed run, 15 jobs and I’m going for a time of about eight minutes.’
‘Let’s go,’ Mumfighter said.
Viewers are then shown the musician’s computer screen with multiple tabs open on his internet browser.
He then rapidly moves through each tab clicking the ‘apply’ button on various event and marketing manager positions.
Mumfighter recorded a ‘Centrelink speed run’ which showed the JobSeeker apply for 15 jobs in under 5 minutes (pictured)
The video shows Mumfighter filling out his official Centrelink Jobactive page with the relevant information on the jobs he had just applied for.
The former pro rollerblader and rollerblade instructor said he made the video for fun as he likes to ‘pretend to do things faster than the average human’ and normally takes the task much more seriously.
‘In reality applying for jobs normally takes me anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on if I need to rewrite my resume slightly and how much I’m being hindered by my ADHD,’ Mumfighter told Daily Mail Australia.
Mumfighter applied for 15 jobs in the video but labelled Centrelink’s mutual obligation requirements ‘arbitrary’ and believes individuals would have a higher success rate with a lower minimum requirement.
‘I think the whole system is pretty bad (to be honest),’ he said.
‘If I had to do only five then the quality could be better as well as employers defiantly get spammed with too many applications for nearly every role.’
The former pro rollerblader and rollerblade instructor said he made the video for fun and normally takes the task much more seriously (Pictured, Mumfighter)
Mumfighter lost his job at the start of the Covid pandemic and has had only two interviews since starting JobSeeker.
The hyperpop and punk musician applied for the NIES – a government small business program for people interested in self-employment – two months ago but has had no response.
‘I’ve been trying to be accepted into the government (NIES) small business program but it’s been two months since I started that,’ he said.
‘Some of the employment places that do that don’t reply to my emails anymore for some reason.’
TikTok users were amused by his stunt – several encouraging him and sharing ways to work around the system.
‘your [sic] doing it the slow way just copy and paste the applied list into a word document and submit it,’ one viewer commented.
‘quick apply is on jora. takes 2 seconds and you dont even need to give them a resume,’ another comment read.
Jobseekers are required to apply for a set amount of jobs a month. determined in their individual job plan, by the end of each month (pictured, people queue up outside a Centrelink office in Melbourne)
One Tiktok user, who appeared to be affiliated with Centrelink, said the musician’s antics were unacceptable.
‘You’ll be hearing from us thankfully some staff enjoy Tiktok especially the auditing team. This is not acceptable,’ They wrote.
Other users were quick to jump to Mr Skye’s defence and called the apparent Centrelink worker ‘soulless’.
‘But if they’re jobs he’s able to do, what’s the problem?? Eg. I’d get it if he was applying to be a doctor with no qualifications, but he isn’t?,’ another wrote.
Data from March has revealed more than 900,000 Australians were currently receiving JobSeeker payments. The country’s unemployment rate is at its lowest in 13 years.