Joint Media Release with Minister For Jobs And Innovation Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Over 500 Territorians are among more than 100,000 of the most disadvantaged Australians, many long-term unemployed welfare recipients, who have gained a job through the Coalition Government’s wage subsidy programme 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, 537 job placements have been made in the Northern Territory thanks to the support of a wage subsidy.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, commended the Territory businesses to 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.
“Reaching the 100,000 milestone nationally is clear evidence that the Coalition Government’s employment policies are working,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash, said the best form of welfare is a job and the Coalition 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.
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.
For more information about the available wage subsidies visit: https://www.jobs.gov.au/wage-subsidies