Government Senate Leader and Minister for Employment Eric Abetz yesterday announced the start of the Tasmanian Jobs Programme from January 1st.
According to the Minister’s media release, the Tasmanian Jobs Programme is set to provide incentive payment in the amount of $3250 to all businesses that employ new workers in full-time positions for at least six months.
“The Liberals understand the importance of kick-starting the Tasmanian economy and have decided to commence the programme six months early, from 1 January 2014. We are committed to enhancing Tasmania’s investment prospects to boost opportunities and confidence for individuals, families and businesses. The Tasmanian Jobs Programme will provide a much needed boost to the Tasmanian job market,” said Senator Abetz.
The Senator further added that Tasmania has the highest unemployment rate of any state, the lowest workforce participation rate and the lowest average weekly earnings in Australia.
“That’s why these incentive payments are aimed at job seekers in the state who have been out of work for at least six months, and who are most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed. It’s critical that all Australians be given the opportunity to carve out a future for themselves, their families, and society as a whole, free of the debilitation of welfare-dependency.”
“By targeting this specific assistance to these job seekers we can arrest their slide into long-term unemployment, and the loss of their relevant skills to sustain employment,” said Senator Abetz.
This programme is part of the Government’s plan to improve Tasmania’s overall competiveness. The Government will also reduce the costs on businesses in order to assist Tasmanian companies in their efforts to expand and employ new staff.
The programme is set to start on January 1st, 2014, when incentive payments will be provided for the first 2000 job seekers hired by Tasmanian business and will run as a trial programme for two years.
Following the trial period, the Government will decide whether the Programme should be amended or expanded.
More information on the Tasmanian Jobs Programme is available on the Department of Employment website.