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Tasmanian jobs programme starts six months early—employers urged to make a difference


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

Government Senate Leader and Minister for Employment Eric Abetz, today announced that Tasmanian employers will receive incentive payments to hire job seekers under the Liberals’ plan to kick-start the state’s employment market six months early, from January 1.

Employers are encouraged to take full advantage of this government assistance to help their fellow Tasmanians to gain employment in the New Year.

The Tasmanian Jobs Programme will provide an additional incentive payment of $3250 to businesses that employ job seekers in full-time positions for at least six months. This delivers on a key component of the Liberals’ Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.

"The Liberals understand the importance of kick-starting the Tasmanian economy and have decided to commence the programme six months early, from 1 January 2014,” Senator Abetz said.

"We are committed to enhancing Tasmania’s investment prospects to boost opportunities and confidence for individuals, families and businesses.

"The Tasmanian Jobs Programme will provide a much needed boost to the Tasmanian job market.”

Senator Abetz said Tasmania has the highest unemployment rate of any state, the lowest workforce participation rate and the lowest average weekly earnings in Australia—the result of years of Green/Labor alliance governments in Canberra and Hobart.

"It’s no surprise that areas of particularly high unemployment can see people unable to find work for extended periods,” Senator Abetz said.

"That’s why these incentive payments are aimed at job seekers in the state who have been out of work for at least six months, and who are most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed.

"It’s critical that all Australians be given the opportunity to carve out a future for themselves, their families, and society as a whole, free of the debilitation of welfare-dependency.

"By targeting this specific assistance to these job seekers we can arrest their slide into long-term unemployment, and the loss of their relevant skills to sustain employment.”

This programme is at the forefront of the Government’s plan for Tasmania—a comprehensive package of policies to improve Tasmania’s overall competiveness.

As well as improving job prospects, the Government will reduce the costs on businesses to help increase the capacity of Tasmanian companies to expand and employ new staff.

The programme starts on 1 January 2014, with the incentive payments provided for the first 2000 job seekers hired by Tasmanian business. It will run as a trial for two years and then be assessed to see if it should be continued or expanded.

Senator Abetz paid special tribute to Tasmania’s newly elected members Andrew Nikolic, Brett Whiteley, Eric Hutchinson as well as Will Hodgman and the Tasmanian Liberal team who have been strong advocates of this programme and the Coalition’s plan to kick-start the Tasmanian economy.

More information on the Tasmanian Jobs Programme is available on the Department of Employment website.