The opportunities created by the Coalition Government’s Restart programme have been highlighted during a visit to Darwin by Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker.
At the invitation of Federal member for Solomon Natasha Griggs, Minister Hartsuyker today visited the YWCA in Darwin. The YWCA provides budget accommodation through Banyan View Lodge.
Minister Hartsuyker and Mrs Griggs met with mature age job seeker Lexie Sherren who has been employed at the Lodge with the support of the Restart programme.
Restart provides payments of up to $10,000 to employers who hire an eligible job seeker aged 50 years and over.
Mr Hartsuyker said Lexie’s employment with the YWCA highlighted how job seekers and employers can benefit from Restart.
“The Restart wage subsidy is opening doors for job seekers and helping employers with the costs of hiring and training new staff,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Last week’s Budget included changes to make it even easier for employers to access Restart.
“From 1 November, employers will be able to receive the $10,000 wage subsidy over 12 months, rather than two years.
“Employers who hire an eligible job seeker will be able to receive the wage subsidy from the time the person starts in the job and can be paid on a fortnightly basis.
“The Government is committed to supporting mature age job seekers and the YWCA and Lexie have highlighted the importance of the Restart programme.”
Mrs Griggs said despite the Northern Territory having relatively low unemployment, wage subsidies were assisting local employers to invest more time in training job seekers.
“The cost of employing new staff can make employers reluctant to hire new staff. Wage subsidies can ease this financial burden giving more job seekers the opportunity to find and keep a job,” Mrs Griggs said.
Mr Hartsuyker said the Government announced a new $1.2 billion wage subsidy pool in the Budget to help long term unemployed job seekers.
From 1 November 2015, eligible employers will receive up to $6,500 if they hire an eligible young job seeker under 30 years of age, an Indigenous job seeker, a parent returning to the workforce, or a long-term unemployed job seeker.