Release type: Joint Media Release


New opportunities for job seekers in Bendigo


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment
Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Nationals Senator for Victoria

A Victorian business has given at least 14 job seekers the opportunity to get off welfare and into work, following the opening in Bendigo of its 17th store.

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker and Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie today visited Tasman Market Fresh Meats’ new store at Kangaroo Flat.

Mr Hartsuyker said a total of 26 jobs had been created, including 14 job seekers who were sourced through a government funded employment service provider in Bendigo.

“It’s pleasing to see this business appointed a significant number of their new staff through a local employment service provider,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“In addition to some of the younger employees, the Bendigo operation has taken on a mature age job seeker under the Restart programme.

Restart provides employers with up to $10,000 in wage subsidies when they employ eligible job seekers 50 years and older.

“In 2015 the Government will roll out a new employment services model with better support for job seekers and an improved focus on servicing employers and strengthening the relationship between employers, job providers and job seekers. I am committed to ensuring employment service providers are meeting the needs of local employers.”

Senator McKenzie congratulated the management of the meat and poultry business which employs hundreds of people across the state.

“The opening of this store is a vote of confidence in the Bendigo economy and positive news for its employees,” Senator McKenzie said.

“It’s encouraging to see a Victorian-based business expanding its network of shops and creating job opportunities for Australians.”