FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the start of the Australian Government’s new employment service – jobactive.
“jobactive is the Government’s new $6.8 billion employment service which will help more job seekers in our region to find and keep a job” Mr Joyce said.
“Through jobactive, local job seekers can receive help to prepare a resume, look for work, prepare for interviews and undertake training and work experience that will improve their chances of finding a job.
“Local employers will also benefit from the new jobactive system especially through the new $1.2 billion wage subsidy pool.
“As part of the recent Budget, the Government has made the wage subsidy arrangements more flexible. Employers will be able to receive a wage subsidy from the day an eligible job seeker starts in a job and can be paid on a fortnightly basis.
“This will help employers with the upfront costs of hiring and training new staff and encourage more employers to think about taking on a local job seeker.”
Mr Joyce also welcomed the roll out of Work for the Dole in the region.
“Work for the Dole helps job seekers to gain new skills and remain active and engaged while looking for work” he said.
“Local community organisations also benefit from the help provided through Work for the Dole which allows them to undertake additional activities and projects of benefit to the broader community.”
Mr Joyce said jobactive services will be delivered by a number of organisations including Best Employment, Jobs Australia Enterprises Ltd and Joblink Plus who were selected through a competitive tender process to deliver one or more employment services in New England Electorate.
“jobactive delivers on the Government’s commitment to reform employment services for the benefit of job seekers and employers alike”
“I look forward to working with the new jobactive providers in our region to help connect local job seekers and employers” Mr Joyce said.
For more information please visit www.employment.gov.au