Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today released figures showing the Australian Government’s Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job programme is helping job seekers to move from welfare to work, especially in regional Australia.
“Since 1 July 2014, 145 job seekers have received Relocation Assistance to help them with the costs of moving to a new area to take up a job,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“It is encouraging to see that 69 per cent of all moves are to take up work in regional Australia and that people are finding work in a variety of industries, such as accommodation and food services, manufacturing, and agriculture, forestry and fishing.
“People are moving both within and between states to take up work, with the most moves to date occurring in Queensland, followed by New South Wales and Victoria.
“Relocation Assistance is also helping the long-term unemployed to move for work.
“Of those job seekers who have used the new funding, 44 per cent have been unemployed for two years or more.
“This is great news, and shows that practical and targeted financial help can help people break the cycle of welfare dependency and move into paid work and build a new life for themselves.”
While the programme is benefiting job seekers of all ages, 29 per cent of participants are under 30 years of age and a further 29 per cent are people aged 30 to 40 years.
Sixty-seven per cent of participants are men.
“These results are very encouraging and show that the programme is providing the sort of assistance that can allow young job seekers in particular to make a change in their lives for the better,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Relocation Assistance is available to long-term unemployed job seekers who have been receiving Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance or the Parenting Payment for 12 months or more.
Up to $6000 is available to eligible job seekers if they move to a regional area to take up a job, and up to $3000 is available if moving to a capital city.
Job seekers with dependent children can also be provided with an extra $3000 to help cover additional relocation costs.
Relocation Assistance can be used to meet the costs of moving such as transport and removalists costs, up-front bond and rent costs, and other reasonable costs associated with the move.
“Relocation Assistance is just one of a number of programmes the Government has introduced to help job seekers, especially young job seekers, move from welfare to work,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“I congratulate those job seekers who have found work and encourage all eligible job seekers to use Relocation Assistance to help with the costs of moving to take up a job.”