Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood welcomed the Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker to the region today to mark the start of the new jobactive employment services.
From 1 July 2015, the Government’s new $6.8 billion jobactive commences with services being delivered by Max Employment, Matchworks, AMES, Direct Recruitment Pty Ltd and Job Prospects in the La Trobe region.
Mr Wood and Mr Hartsuyker marked the occasion at an event at the AMES shopfront in Narre Warren.
Mr Wood said the Coalition’s new jobactive system has a range of features to help both job seekers and employers.
“Through jobactive, job seekers can receive help with developing a resume, preparing for interviews, accessing training and work experience opportunities, and support to settle in to a new role.
‘There is also financial help, such as Relocation Assistance and the Job Commitment Bonus, to help job seekers move from welfare to work
“For employers, the new model includes wage subsidies of up to $6,500 for young job seekers, Indigenous job seekers, the long term unemployed, and up to $10,000 to help employ older workers
“These subsidies help to reduce the upfront costs of hiring and training new staff for employers” Mr Wood said.
The Assistant Minister said: “As part of the jobactive system, Work for the Dole will be rolled out nationally to help job seekers to learn new skills and remain active and engaged while looking for work.
“New Work for the Dole Coordinators have been setting up placements in the local community with not-for-profit and charity organisations since 1 May this year.
“Work for the Dole provides job seekers with the chance to gain new skills and experience while at the same time making a positive contribution to their local community.
“On 1 July 2015, jobactive will commence nationally providing tailored employment solutions for businesses and practical support for job seekers.
“The Coalition Government is committed to helping more Australians move from welfare into work, and the start of jobactive is another example of how the Government is delivering real outcomes for job seekers and for business,” Mr Hartsuyker said.