271 Locals Off Welfare and Into Work Under PaTH Program

03 Oct 17

The Turnbull Government has assisted 10,000 long-term unemployed young Australians get off welfare and into work through the Youth Bonus Wage subsidy component of the Youth Jobs PaTH program.

Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said the Youth Jobs PaTH program is delivering significant outcomes by getting young people off welfare, into work and ensuring they are positive contributors to the economy and their local community.

“It is critically important that we focus attention on those young people who face significant barriers to joining the workforce,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“In just over nine months, 10,000 young people across Australia who were previously reliant on taxpayer-funded welfare are now in gainful employment thanks to the Youth Jobs PaTH program.”

Employers are eligible for a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy, under the ‘Hire’ element of the Youth Jobs PaTH program, if they employ a young person who has been unemployed for six months or more.

Reforms to the subsidy were part of the Youth Jobs PaTH program announced in last year’s Budget and commenced on 1 January 2017.

Mr Hartsuyker said the program was producing real results in the electorate of Cowper.

“Since the beginning of the year there have been 271 young Australians in Cowper who have transitioned from welfare to work through the Youth Wage Subsidy,” Mr Hartsuyker.

“Ranking at number one, the electorate of Cowper has given more young people a job through the PaTH programme than anywhere else in the country.

“The high number of successful transitions from welfare to work means more jobs for young people locally.

“Breaking the cycle of welfare dependency by securing gainful employment has a profound effect on the individual, their family, the local economy and the community.”

In addition to the 10,000 young people hired through a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy, the other elements of the PaTH program are also performing well. Across Australia, more than 9,300 young people have begun Employability Skills Training courses and more than 2,100 internships have commenced.

“The very positive results to date clearly show that young people are willing to put their hand up and have a go with the right support,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Every policy lever the government has at its disposal is being utilised to promote growth, encourage investment, stimulate job creation and support businesses.

“This is in stark contrast to the Labor Party, who oppose every measure we have implemented to create jobs and get young Australians the skills and experience they need to get off welfare.

“The Turnbull Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH program is giving long-term unemployed young people the skills and experience to increase their chances of being considered for a job, and is assisting employers to give young people a go.”

For further information about Youth Jobs PaTH visit www.employment.gov.au/youth-jobs-path.

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