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Increased incentive under the Tasmanian Jobs Program

Ministers:

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment
The Hon Eric Hutchinson MP
Member for Lyons

The Tasmanian Jobs Program payment has doubled the benefit to businesses and job seekers across Tasmania.

Federal Lyons MP Eric Hutchinson today congratulated one of the first employers and a job seeker who have signed up to the redesigned Tasmanian Jobs Program.

“I’d like to thank local employment services provider WorkSkills Bridgewater and the Tasmanian Cask Company, at Bridgewater, for being one of the first businesses to take up this opportunity,” Mr Hutchinson said.

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker MP said the Government was committed to rebooting the Tasmanian economy and was focused on creating opportunities for individuals, families and businesses.

“The Tasmanian Jobs Program is providing a much needed boost to the local job market and I look forward to further take-up from employers as word spreads of increased incentive payments,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

The Tasmanian Jobs Program wage subsidy was doubled from $3250 to up to $6500 (GST inclusive) over six months in the recent Federal Budget.

Businesses which already have staff employed under the program are eligible for the higher payments.

As an added incentive available only to Tasmanian employers, the program can be combined with other wage subsidies, such as Restart, to encourage businesses to employ workers aged 50 and older, or the new wage subsidy available from July 1 this year for long-term unemployed and Indigenous job seekers.

When combined with the Tasmanian Jobs Program, an employer may receive up to $16,500 (GST inclusive) for employing a mature-age job seeker in a full-time job, or up to $13,000 (GST inclusive) for employing a long-term unemployed or Indigenous job seeker.

Other measures aimed at creating opportunities for Tasmanian job seekers include:

• Restart – from November 1 2015, employers who hire a mature-age job seeker over 50 under the Restart program will be able to receive up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) over 12 months (instead of two years);

• Wage Subsidies for long-term unemployed and Indigenous job seekers – from 1 July 2015, employers who hire a job seeker who has been unemployed for 12 months or more, or six months for Indigenous job seekers, will be able to receive up to $6,500 (GST inclusive) over 12 months. From November 2015, a wage subsidy will also be available for eligible parents and job seekers under 30.

• jobactive – the Government’s $6.8 billion new employment services model which starts on July 1, promises to be more efficient and effective, and to better meet the needs of job seekers, employers and providers.

• Relocation Assistance to Take up a Job – providing financial support to job seekers to move to areas where work is available;

• Job Commitment Bonus – providing $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 July 1 2015.

For more information about the Tasmanian Jobs Program, visit  www.employment.gov.au/tassiejobs or call 13 17 15.