Ken O’Dowd, the Federal Member for Flynn welcomed the Assistant Minister for Employment, the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP to Flynn today to meet with local employers and mark the start of new jobactive employment services in the region.
Speaking at MAX Employment in Gladstone, Mr O’Dowd said that the Coalition Government was investing $6.8 billion in new jobactive employment services to help more job seekers into work and ensure that employers receive the assistance they need when recruiting new staff.
jobactive services are delivered in Flynn by Advance Personnel Management, CoAct, MAX Employment, NEATO Employment Services and Sarina Russo Job Access.
Mr O’Dowd said that new wage subsidy arrangements are a key feature of the new system and will help open doors for local job seekers.
“The Coalition Government has established a $1.2 billion wage subsidy pool to help local employers with the upfront costs of hiring and training staff.
“Employers can receive 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.
“Employers can also access up to $10,000 if they hire an eligible job seeker aged 50 years or older.
“As a result of changes in the Budget, employers can also access these subsidies from the day an eligible job seeker starts in a job which helps businesses, especially small businesses, with their cash flow.”
Mr O’Dowd said young job seekers would also benefit from the new jobactive arrangements.
“Around one third of job seekers in Flynn are aged under 30 years. The new National Work Experience Programme and Work for the Dole arrangements will help these young job seekers to gain practical skills while they look for work.
“Job seekers can also access help with the costs of training or other work related items that will improve their chances of finding a job.
“The Coalition Government has announced significant infrastructure spending in the last Federal Budget and the local projects offer good employment opportunities for job seekers here in Flynn.
“Projects such as the Gregory Highway upgrade will have a major impact, not only in terms of job creation, but also in enhanced infrastructure for our local businesses, making their job easier.”
Mr Hartsuyker said he encouraged employers in Flynn to contact their local jobactive service when looking for staff and to take advantage of the financial assistance available to help them employ a local person.