The 2015–16 Budget is part of the Commonwealth Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians.
In the first 18 months of the Government around a quarter of a million new jobs were created — but there is more work to do.
New measures will focus on making job seekers more employable, reducing the costs of taking on new staff, and bringing job seekers and employers together.
The Growing Jobs and Small Business package will assist employers to employ young Australians.
It delivers incentives targeted to employers and young job seekers transitioning from school to work.
Through the $1.2 billion national wage subsidy pool, eligible employers will receive up to $6,500 if they hire an eligible young job seeker under 30 years of age.
The Government will also deliver a $331 million Youth Employment Strategy.
The Youth Employment Strategy includes a $212 million Transition to Work programme to help disengaged young people, aged 15 to 21 years, become job-ready. This programme will commence on 1 January 2016.
Eligible young job seekers will receive intensive support from community-based organisations with expertise in helping young Australians to develop the work-related skills employers want and need.
This programme will target young people who are either not in the workforce or who are at risk of disengaging from the workforce.
The Transition to Work programme will be supplemented by $106 million for intensive support to vulnerable young people most at risk of long-term unemployment, including migrants, parents and those who experience a mental illness.
The Government will establish an $18 million National Work Experience programme for around 6,000 job seekers annually, particularly young people.
This will allow particularly young job seekers the chance to develop practical skills, gain workplace experience, and better connect them with real jobs.
From 1 October 2015 eligible job seekers will be able to volunteer to undertake work experience in businesses for up to 25 hours per week for four weeks. Participants will continue to receive their income support payment and a supplement to assist with the costs of participation.
Employers who go on to offer a young person paid employment can receive a wage subsidy of up to $6,500 over 12 months.
The National Work Experience programme will work in tandem with new wage subsidy arrangements for employers.
A $14 million Early School Leaver programme will improve educational outcomes and employment prospects for those who have not completed high school, by ensuring they are either looking for work or studying.