In November last year, pensioner Piper Wai was left penniless by the state’s Department of Social Services.
The government’s new social security system is supposed to protect pensioners, but Mr Wai had no means to live independently.
After months of pleading with social workers to find him a job, Mr Waju came across the job opportunities advertised on his LinkedIn page.
“I thought, ‘Well, what’s the point of doing anything else now?'”
Mr Wao said.
“That’s when I was looking for a job.”
Since then, he’s been able to apply for the job.
“This was my first real chance to make something of myself, to get into the workforce,” Mr Waui said.
‘I’m proud to be employed’ Mr Waiti, who is currently living in a house near his family, said his life has changed since he started looking for work.
“Now, when I’m in the workplace, I’m proud of my profession, of what I’ve done and what I want to do with my life,” he said.
He said he was proud of the role he’s played in helping people who are struggling to make ends meet.
“As a young man, I was a very, very poor worker, I worked for the Government,” Mr Wang said.
Mr Wais said he would have done anything to be able to support his family.
“For me, I just want to work and help my family,” he says.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) said it was providing $300 per week to pay Mr Waa for four weeks’ work in the community.
Mr Wang hopes his experience will help other people struggling with a jobless future.
“What it does for people is it helps them understand how they’re contributing to the problems that they’re facing, and it’s a way for them to start making a contribution,” he added.
“They can start to take control of their own lives and take responsibility for their own future.”
Job offers are now being made through social media for those aged between 25 and 49.