Tasmanian job seekers are being encouraged to consider a career in the dairy industry as over 200 new jobs are expected to become available in the coming year.
Speaking at the launch of the Getting Into Dairy pre-employment training programme at Geard Dairy Farm at Broadmarsh, north-west of Hobart, Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker outlined how new Government programmes will help job seekers interested in the dairy industry.
“Dairy is Tasmania’s largest rural industry. It is a $340 million sector on the verge of a massive expansion with about 50 new farms and up to 700 jobs expected to be established in coming years” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The Getting Into Dairy course is a terrific way for Tasmanian job seekers to learn about the thriving dairy industry and the benefits of working in a sector that has such potential for growth.
“I congratulate Dairy Tasmania and all those involved in putting this course together, as well as the job seekers who are here today to learn more about this important industry.
The Australian Government has also introduced a number of programmes to support job seekers and businesses in an effort to help more Australians into work.
“The Government understands the importance of rebuilding the economy in Tasmania after years of neglect by the Labor Government.
“The Tasmanian Jobs Programme has been specifically designed to help kick-start employment in the state.
“Tasmanian employers can receive a subsidy of $3250 if they hire an eligible job seeker who has been unemployed for six months and resident in Tasmania during that time.
“Tasmanian employers can also access the Government’s new Restart wage subsidy that provides up to $10,000 if they employ an eligible job seeker aged 50 or more and keep that person employed for two years.
“These subsidies will help all Tasmanian employers who are interested in recruiting new staff and giving a job seeker a chance to move from welfare to work.
“New support is also available for Tasmanian job seekers.
“The Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job programme allows eligible job seekers to access up to $6000 to help with the costs of moving from the city to a regional area to take up a job, with up to an additional $3000 if they have dependent children.
“The new Job Commitment Bonus provides up to $6500 to young, long-term unemployed job seekers who get a job and stay in continuous work and off welfare for two years.
“I encourage all Tasmanian employers and job seekers to take advantage of the new financial assistance available from the Australian Government to help grow the Tasmanian economy in to the future” Mr Hartsuyker said.