Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz today met with an employer and employee at Clifton Fine Furniture in Invermay, Tasmania, to mark 1000 sign-ups nationally for the Restart employment programme.
“It was pleasing to mark 1000 sign-ups nationally by meeting with the 1000th employee signed-up under the programme right here at Clifton Fine Furniture in my home state,” Senator Abetz said.
Senator Abetz visited the Invermay-based furniture store, which has won various industry awards for design and workmanship, and has taken on an employee under both Restart and the Tasmanian Jobs Programme.
Since the Restart programme began in July 2014, it has provided a valuable incentive to encourage and assist businesses to take on new mature-aged employees.
“We know that Australians aged 50 and older have a lot to offer employers, however, we also know that when mature-age workers lose their jobs they tend to stay unemployed for longer than the average job seeker,” Senator Abetz said.
Restart provides a $10,000 (GST inclusive) incentive to employers to hire and keep job seekers aged 50 and over who have been in receipt of income support for six months or more, including those on age or disability support pensions.
In Tasmania, the Restart incentive can be combined with the Tasmanian Jobs Programme incentive, meaning employers can be eligible for up to $13,250.
“Our ageing population means older workers are critical to increasing our overall workforce participation, to ensure continued economic prosperity,” Senator Abetz said.
“We simply cannot afford to ignore the valuable contribution mature-age workers can offer.”
Senator Abetz encouraged interested employers to find out more by visiting https://employment.gov.au/restart
The Restart programme – worth $524.8 million over four years – is just one measure aimed at getting more people into employment.
Other programmes include:
- Relocation Assistance to Take up a Job – providing financial support to job seekers to move to areas where work is available;
Tasmanian Jobs Programme – offering an incentive to employers that provide full-time, ongoing work to eligible job seekers in Tasmania;
- Job Commitment Bonus – provides $6500 to young, long-term unemployed people if they get a job, and stay in continuous work and off welfare for two years;
Work for the Dole – providing eligible job seekers with work experience to learn new skills and improve their chances of finding a job, to go nationwide from 1 July 2015; and
Employment Services 2015-2020 – this new employment services model, which starts on 1 July, promises to be more efficient and effective, and to better meet the needs of job seekers, employers and providers.