Release type: Media Release


Mutual Obligation stronger than ever under the Abbott Government


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment
Deputy Leader of the House
Federal Member for Cowper

The Abbott Government is firmly committed to mutual obligation and practical measures to support job seekers into work.

Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker, said Australians overwhelmingly endorsed the Coalition’s commitment to reinvigorate mutual obligation at the 2013 election.

"The Australian Government is committed to helping young job seekers earn a wage rather than rely on welfare. The Government believes that young people should be learning, earning or in Work for the Dole," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Unlike Labor, this Government has a range of practical measures to support young job seekers into work. This includes incentives such as the Job Commitment Bonus and Relocation Assistance, the Tasmanian Jobs Programme, the new Trade Support Loans and funding for a wider range of study options.

"Our new Work for the Dole programme will also help young job seekers to learn new skills and demonstrate to potential employers that they are keen and willing to work.

"Job seekers aged 18 to 30 will continue to be eligible to receive taxpayer support when in training or through employment services.

"Labor’s credibility on youth unemployment is non-existent. Under their watch, youth unemployment increased by 55,000.

"If Labor is serious about mutual obligation, they can start by supporting the Government’s Social Security Legislation Amendment (Stronger Penalties for Serious failures) Bill 2014 which is currently before the Parliament. This Bill fixes up Labor’s mess which has seen more and more job seekers flout the rules and repeatedly fail to meet their mutual obligation requirements.

"Australia cannot afford to have a generation of young people lost to welfare dependency. The Government is determined to see more young people entering the workforce instead of languishing on welfare.

"As a Government, we are doing more than Labor ever did to get the economy back on track, create new opportunities and new jobs, and encourage young Australians to improve their skills and training and get into the workforce.”

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