From 1 July 2014, young job seekers in the New England will have access to new incentives and additional financial support to help them move from welfare to work, Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said today.
Mr Joyce said the government was targeting financial assistance to help more young Australians into work.
“From 1 July 2014, young Australians will have access to a number of new incentives designed to help find and keep a job” Mr Joyce said.
“The Job Commitment Bonus rewards young job seekers aged 18-30 who move off income support and stay in work.
“Eligible young job seekers who get a job and stay off income support for 12 months can receive a bonus payment of $2,500. These same job seekers can receive an additional bonus of $4,000 if they stay in work and off income support for a further 12 months, that is, 24 months in total.
“The Government also understands that sometimes people need to move to where the work is. That’s why we’ve introduced the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job Programme.
“Eligible job seekers can receive up to $3,000 to help meet the costs of moving from a regional area to a capital city to take up a job. Job seekers moving to a regional area can receive up to $6,000. An extra $3000 is available to job seekers with dependent children to help with additional moving costs,” Mr Joyce said.
“The Government is also rolling out a revamped Work for the Dole programme for 18-30 years olds in 18 selected areas around Australia ahead of a national roll-out next year.
“Work for the Dole allows young Australians to demonstrate the skills and attitudes employers are looking for while giving something back to the community that supports them.
“In Labor’s six years of government, 55,000 more young Australians were added to the unemployment queue. This is Labor’s legacy. A legacy of rising unemployment. A legacy of neglect,” Mr Joyce said.
“The Coalition is committed to helping more young Australians into work.
“I encourage all young job seekers to take advantage of these new programmes to help them move from welfare to work.
You can find out more at www.employment.gov.au