Release type: Joint Media Release


Growing the Coast's Jobs and Small Business


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment
Karen McNamara MP
Member for Dobell

Federal Member for Dobell, Mrs Karen McNamara MP has welcomed the Assistant Minister for Employment, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker to Dobell saying his visit reinforces the Federal Government’s commitment to growing jobs and small business on the Central Coast.

“New measures announced in last week’s Budget will focus on helping job seekers to improve their job prospects, reduce the costs of taking on new staff for employers and help to bring job seekers and employers together,” Mrs McNamara said.

“Last year I welcomed Minister Hartsuyker to Dobell to launch the Government’s reinvigorated Work for the Dole scheme. One year on, the Minister is here again showing his ongoing support and commitment to local job seekers.”

Mrs McNamara said a highlight from this year’s Budget was the announcement of 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. 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.

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 parents and those who experience a mental illness.”

Minister Hartsuyker’s visit also included discussions with a local small business and the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber to discuss the Government’s $18 million National Work Experience programme and changes to wage subsidy arrangements.

“This scheme will allow around 6,000 job seekers annually, particularly young job seekers, the chance to develop practical skills, gain workplace experience, and better connect them with real jobs” the Minister said.

The Government has also made a number of changes to wage subsidy arrangements to make it easier for more employers to access funding to help with the upfront costs of hiring and training new staff.

“The Government has established a $1.2 billion wage subsidy pool and has made it easier for young job seekers, parents and mature age job seekers to attract a subsidy.

“Employers can receive up to $6,500 if they hire a young job seeker, a parent, Indigenous job seeker or a person who has been long term unemployed, and up to $10,000 if they hire an eligible job seeker over 50 years of age“

“Employers will also be able to access the subsidy from the day the eligible job seeker starts in the job and can be paid on a fortnightly basis if needed.

“Karen has been highlighting the need to develop practical programmes to address this region’s unemployment issues. I’m pleased to say that the Government is doing everything possible to help job seekers obtain the skills to find and keep a job.”

Minister Hartsuyker concluded by saying that the Central Coast would also benefit from the $14 million Early School Leaver programme, which 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.