Our commitment to youth employment

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker said eligible young job seekers, who have been on Newstart or Youth Allowance (as a job seeker) for 12 months, can receive an incentive payment of $6500 if they get a job and stay off welfare for 24 months.

The Job Commitment Bonus provides long-term unemployed young Australians with a real incentive to get into paid work, Mr Hartsuyker said.

We understand there are barriers to finding and keeping a job but we want to reward those young job seekers who find work and stick with it.

Young job seekers, aged 18 to 30, who have been on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance (other) for at least the preceding 12 months can receive $2500 if they get a job, remain in continuous work and off income support for 12 months.

These same job seekers are eligible for an additional $4000 if they remain in continuous work and off income support for a further 12 months? that is, 24 months in total.

The Job Commitment Bonus is one of four initiatives that reinforce the Coalition Government’s commitment to boosting employment across Australia. Other programmes include Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job, Work for the Dole, and Restart

Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon said the Coalition believes the best form of welfare is a job and these incentives will help to get more young job seekers off welfare and into work.

The Job Commitment Bonus is part of the Australian Government’s plan to boost workforce participation and productivity in Australia, Mr Tehan said.

I would like to see young job seekers in Wannon take advantage of this initiative.
Information about eligibility and claim requirements is available from the Department of Human Services.

For further information visit: http://employment.gov.au/news/job-commitment-bonus-young-australians

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