Daniel is looking for a job and was seen holding this sign in Marcoola. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Daniel is looking for a job and was seen holding this sign in Marcoola. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Daniel's desperate search for work: 542 job applications

HE'S applied for 542 jobs online and personally canvassed more than 190 businesses between Noosa and Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

But 26-year-old Daniel is still holding a sign on the side of the road, begging for someone to offer him an opportunity.

Daniel was spotted standing out in the rain last Friday with a sign pleading with passing motorists to give him the start he desperately needs.

Suffering from mental disabilities which include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder, he was receiving the Disability Support Pension until three months ago.

After undertaking a medical review, Daniel said he was told he would no longer be receiving the DSP and would be placed on the Newstart Allowance as a voluntary jobseeker.

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"They sent me over to Community Solutions but when I went in there they couldn't find me on their systems," he said.

"When I went back to the disability department at Community Solutions they couldn't find me in their systems either.

"A lady at Centrelink told me I'd fallen into a grey area, where I wasn't eligible for the DSP but I was deemed too big a threat to re-enter the workforce."

Daniel is currently living on the Sunshine Coast with his younger brother's foster family, who have vowed to support him for a limited time.

However, Daniel said he was told he would have to undertake a 13-week psychiatric assessment to re-apply for the DSP.

"Even if I pass, it will be another eight weeks before I receive the pension again," he said.

"If I don't pass, I'll have to wait another six months before I can re-apply."

Daniel said while some people had been supportive of his plight to find work, others had been less kind, claiming he'd received nasty comments online and had things thrown at him on the side of the road.

"Some people have sent me links to jobs on Gumtree," he said.

"But if you've seen it on the internet you can be guaranteed I've applied for it."

Marcoola business owner Judy Lorbek spotted Daniel and posted his story on social media.

She said it was disheartening to see someone doing it so tough.

"I've seen people overseas doing this type of thing, but never here," she said.

"He looked so desperate for work…he was quiet, reserved and very cold."

Daniel spent all of Friday night busking in Maroochydore to scrape enough funds together to get a haircut and bus fares.

"I picked up $36, which is better than nothing I suppose," he said.

Daniel said he is willing to do any job and has experience driving.

"I have experience driving vehicles up to four tonnes," he said.

"If there's any courier or driving company on the Coast that's willing to train me up, I would really appreciate the chance."



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