Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker MP today met with one of the first employers and a job seeker who have signed up to the Coalition Government’s Tasmanian Jobs Programme.
Minister Hartsuyker joined Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic during a visit to Pride Autos in Launceston, who signed up to the programme following its commencement on 1 January.
Mr Hartsuyker said the Coalition Government had already started delivering on its employment election commitments, including its focus on getting more Tasmanians into work.
"The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that any Australian who is capable of working can get a job," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"Tasmania has the highest unemployment rate and the lowest workforce participation rate of any state, but the Australian Government has a plan to get more people into work through the Tasmanian Jobs Programme.
"We are committed to building a stronger economy in Tasmania and we also understand that by supporting Tasmanian businesses we can deliver improved employment outcomes.
"It’s no surprise that areas of particularly high unemployment can see people unable to find work for extended periods.
"That’s why these incentive payments are aimed at job seekers who have been out of work for at least six months and who are most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed."
Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic welcomed Pride Autos’ involvement and called on other businesses to consider the benefits of the programme.
"It has been a pleasure to visit Pride Autos, a great local business with offices in Launceston and in Perth," Mr Nikolic said.
"Pride Autos is one of the first businesses to take up the Tasmanian Jobs Programme where the Government provides a one-off payment of $3250 to any Tasmanian business that employs eligible job seekers for a period of at least six months.
"I am very keen for more local businesses to consider how the Tasmanian Jobs Programme can be good for business and also create employment opportunities for local job seekers.
"The Federal Coalition commenced the programme six months ahead of schedule and shows how we are getting on with the job of growing the Tasmanian economy, and that is good news for Tasmanian job seekers.
"Given our region’s high unemployment rate, today’s visit shows the Government is delivering on its commitments to implement local solutions to help job seekers move from welfare into work."
From 1 July 2014, the Coalition Government will introduce further measures to help job seekers.
A Job Commitment Bonus payment of up to $6500 will encourage long-term unemployed young Australians to find a job and remain off welfare, while the Government will also introduce a Seniors Employment Incentive payment which will provide a business with a payment of up to $3250 if it hires a job seeker aged 50 or over who has been unemployed for at least six months and is receiving income support.
For more information please visit http://www.employment.gov.au/