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Government programmes promoting jobs growth in Tasmania

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Eric Abetz
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Tasmania

The Federal Government’s targeted employment programmes are aimed at promoting jobs growth in Tasmania.

Minister for Employment and Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Eric Abetz said the Government was determined to address the scourge of unemployment in Tasmania.

"Tasmania has the highest unemployment rate, the lowest workforce participation rate and lowest average weekly earnings in Australia, the legacy of 16 years of Labor-Green Governments,” Senator Abetz said.

"We know that a strong economy is vital to grow jobs and our Economic Action Strategy designed to boost long-term prosperity and place the Budget on a sustainable footing.”

Locally, to support jobs growth, four programmes are currently underway: Tasmanian Jobs, Restart, Job Commitment Bonus, and Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job.

"Only in Tasmania can Restart be used with another wage subsidy, the Tasmanian Jobs Programme,” Senator Abetz said.

"Pleasingly – and subject to eligibility – Tasmanian businesses may receive $13,250 (GST inclusive) for employing a Tasmanian mature-age job seeker in a full-time job.”

These programmes are in addition to the Work for the Dole scheme being trialled in North and West Tasmania.

The Government’s Trade Support Loans are also aimed at supporting jobs growth.

The loans of up to $20,000 over the life of an apprenticeship encourage young people to start their career with an apprenticeship and complete their qualification. The loans are spread over four years and provide greater assistance by easing the financial burden in the early years of an apprenticeship when the apprentice’s income is often lower.

Senator Abetz said the programmes provided a much needed boost to the job market.

"We know that areas of particularly high unemployment can see people unable to find work for extended periods,” Senator Abetz said.

"That’s why these programmes particularly target people who have been out of the workforce for some months.

"By assisting these job seekers we can avoid their slide into long-term unemployment, and the loss of skills that are essential to sustainable employment.

"All Australians deserve the opportunity to carve out a future for themselves, their families, and society as a whole, free of the debilitation of welfare-dependency.

"I urge Tasmanian employers to take advantage of these offers to expand their business, employ new staff, and give a job seeker an opportunity to contribute.

"It’s important to remember that we are all in this together and together we can all help to get Tasmania working,” Senator Abetz said.

For more information on the Tasmanian Jobs Programme and other Government employment programmes visit: http://www.employment.gov.au