Release type: Joint Media Release

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jobactive helping job seekers and businesses in Canberra

Ministers:

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory, Zed Seselja and Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker today officially launched the MAX Employment jobactive site in Belconnen.

Senator Seselja said the new site will help Canberrans find work under the Australian Government’s new $6.8 billion jobactive service.

"The Government’s new programme includes many features designed to help job seekers, especially disadvantaged job seekers, with finding work.

"One of the key features of the new model is a $1.2 billion wage subsidy pool.

"Employers can access up to $6,500 if they hire an eligible young job seeker under 30 years, an Indigenous job seeker, a parent, or someone who has been out of work for 12 months or more. A subsidy of up to $10,000 is also available if they hire an eligible job seeker aged 50 years or older.

"As part of the changes in the Budget, employers can access the wage subsidies sooner to help them with the upfront costs of hiring a new employee. This will help local businesses when they need it the most.

"The new model also has a number of features that will help the 1,900 young people on the jobactive caseload locally.

"The new National Work Experience Programme, which starts on 1 October 2015, will provide job seekers with up to four weeks work experience in a business so they can gain practical experience to add to their résumé.

"Our Work for the Dole programme also helps job seekers build their skills and confidence, while they are looking for work, as well as giving back to the community," Senator Seselja said.

jobactive services are being provided across the Capital Employment Region by MBC Employment, The Salvation Army Employment Plus, Employment Services Group, as well as MAX Employment. MAX Employment is also the Work for the Dole Coordinator for the Canberra region and surrounds.

"I look forward to working with all jobactive providers to help more job seekers into work and to help employers find workers who are the right fit for their business," Mr Hartsuyker said.