Cowper No. 1 for Moving From Welfare Into Work

28 Feb 18

More than 100,000 of the most disadvantaged Australians, including many long-term unemployed welfare recipients, have gained a job through the Coalition Government’s wage subsidy program since 2015.

Wage subsidies are playing a strong role in helping some of our most disadvantaged people looking for work get an opportunity to show an employer they are a valuable addition to their business.

Since 1 July 2015, more than 2,100 job placements have been made in Cowper thanks to the support of a wage subsidy, the highest number of any electorate in the country.

Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, commended Mid North Coast businesses who have used the incentive, which provides a subsidy of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to employers who hire and retain eligible people in ongoing positions.

“Wage subsidies are available for parents, mature age, youth, long-term unemployed and Indigenous Australians, who are registered with an employment services provider,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Reaching the 100,000 milestone is clear evidence that the Coalition Government’s employment policies are working.

“In the electorate of Cowper we are seeing the highest take up of the wage subsidy program in the country, with more than 2,100 job placements.

“This is great news for jobseekers on the Mid North Coast who would otherwise experience disadvantage trying to enter the workplace.

“I would encourage anyone who is looking for work to speak to their employment services provider to see if you’re eligible to participate in the wage subsidy program.”

This targeted incentive is available for Australian businesses to encourage them to employ more people and give more unemployed people a chance to get back into work.

Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the best form of welfare is a job and the Government is committed to getting as many Australians into work as possible.

“When we came to government we made a strong commitment to create jobs and get people into work. We are delivering on that promise – jobs growth in 2017 was the best year on record and since 2014, we have decreased the number of people on welfare by around 140,000, the lowest proportion it’s been at in at least 25 years,” Minister Cash said.

For more information about the available wage subsidies visit: www.jobs.gov.au/wage-subsidies.

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