A benefit recipient has shared how he applied to 15 jobs in just three minutes to comply with Centrelink’s rules, which require him to submit multiple 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 job seekers’ payment.
Mumfighter filmed a video in which he challenged himself to send out 15 job applications in eight minutes – claiming in the clip that he did it 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 every two weeks — is expected to look for a job for 15 to 29 hours a week.
They have to apply for a certain 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 telling the camera, “Centrelink application rate is running, 15 jobs and I’m going for a time of about eight minutes.”
“Let’s go,” Mumfighter said.
The viewers are then presented with the musician’s computer screen with multiple tabs open in his internet browser.
He then quickly flips through each tab and clicks the ‘apply’ button on various event and marketing manager positions.
Mumfighter recorded a ‘Centrelink speed run’ which showed the job seeker applied for 15 jobs within 5 minutes (pictured)
The video shows Mumfighter filling out his official Centrelink Jobactive page with the relevant information about the jobs he had just applied for.
The former professional skater and skate instructor said he made the video for fun, because he likes to “act like he’s doing things faster than the average person” and normally takes the task much more seriously.
“In reality, applying for a job normally takes me between 1-3 hours, depending on whether I need to rewrite my resume a bit and how much I’m bothered by my ADHD,” Mumfighter told the Daily Mail Australia.
While Mumfighter appeared to be applying for 15 jobs in the video, he later said that he had actually only applied to one during that time.
However, he labeled Centrelink’s mutual obligation requirements as “arbitrary” and believes individuals would have a higher success rate with a lower minimum requirement.
“If I only had to do five, the quality could be better – employers definitely get spam with too many applications for almost every position, so this would be good for both parties involved.”
The former professional skater and skate 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 only had two job interviews since JobSeeker started.
The hyper-pop and punk musician applied two months ago to the NIES — a government small business program for those interested in self-employment — but has not received a response.
“I’ve been trying to get into the NIES small business program, but it’s been two months since I started,” he said.
“Some job boards that do that stop responding to my emails for some reason.”
TikTok users were amused by his stunt – several cheered him on and shared ways to get around the system.
‘your [sic] do it the slow way, copy and paste the applied list into a word document and submit it,” noted one viewer.
‘Quick application is on Jora. takes 2 seconds and you don’t even have to give them a resume,” read another comment.
Job seekers are required to apply for a fixed number of jobs per month. determined in their individual job plan, by the end of each month (photo, people queuing for a Centrelink office in Melbourne)
A Tiktok user, who appeared to have ties to Centrelink, said the musician’s antics were unacceptable.
“Luckily you hear from us that some employees enjoy Tiktok, especially the audit team. This is not acceptable,” they wrote.
Other users were quick to defend Mr Skye, calling the apparent Centrelink worker “soulless.”
“But if it’s jobs he can do, what’s the problem?” eg I would understand if he applied to be a doctor with no qualifications, but isn’t he?” wrote another.
Data from March shows that more than 900,000 Australians are currently receiving jobseeker payments. Unemployment in the country is at its lowest level in 13 years.
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