Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen, welcomed the Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker to Beenleigh to mark the start of the Australian Government’s new jobactive employment services in the region.
Mr van Manen and Mr Hartsuyker visited MAX Employment which is one of six organisations contracted to deliver jobactive services in Forde. Other organisations include Employment Plus, Help Enterprises, Sarina Russo Job Access and Tursa Employment and Training. MAX Employment has also been appointed as the Work for the Dole Coordinator for the region.
Mr van Manen said the new jobactive service had a number of features to help job seekers in Forde.
“The Government understands the importance of providing practical supports to help both job seekers and employers. That’s why the Government has introduced a range of new wage subsidies to encourage employers to take on a local job seeker.
“Wage subsidies of up to $6,500 are available to employers who hire an eligible young job seeker under 30 years, a parent, an Indigenous job seeker or someone who has been unemployed for 12 months or more.
“Wage subsidies of up to $10,000 are available if they hire an eligible job seeker over 50 years of age.
“Given that 40 percent of job seekers in our region are aged under 30 and around 30 percent are aged over 50, these new wage subsidy arrangements will help to open more doors for local job seekers and reduce the upfront costs of hiring and training new staff for employers.”
Mr van Manen said that the new National Work Experience Programme and Work for the Dole would also help job seekers and the broader community.
“The new National Work Experience programme will help job seekers to gain up to four weeks work experience in a business. This can be particularly helpful for young job seekers who may not have a lot to put on their résumé.
“By participating in the National Work Experience Programme they will be able to demonstrate to a future employer they are keen and willing to work. Employers who subsequently hire an eligible job seeker will be able to access a wage subsidy as well.”
Mr van Manen said new Work for the Dole arrangements would also help job seekers learn new skills and remain active and engaged with their local community while looking for work.
“Work for the Dole is now being rolled out across Forde following the successful pilot in the Ipswich/Logan regions over the past twelve months. Work for the Dole activities that can be undertaken range from office administration, restoration of community parks and buildings, through to retail and warehousing. It really depends on the needs of the local organisation.
“Work for the Dole allows community organisations to undertake additional activities and projects than may otherwise be the case. I encourage any local community group interested in giving a local job seeker a chance to learn some new skills and improve their chances of getting a job to contact MAX Employment,” Mr van Manen said.
Minister Hartsuyker said that the Government had reformed the employment services system to ensure that job seekers and employers receive quality services that meet their needs and is looking forward to continuing to work with Mr van Manen to help more job seekers into work in the Forde region.