LUKE HARTSUYKER: Flexibility of short term employment can be good for employers but from a national perspective, increased full time employment is a goal worth pursuing.
LUKE HARTSUYKER: Flexibility of short term employment can be good for employers but from a national perspective, increased full time employment is a goal worth pursuing.

Cutting red tape frees up job providers

CHANGES to employment services are expected to bring benefits to business owners and job seekers, according to assistant Employment Minister Luke Hartsuyker, who visited Ballina to discuss the red-tape alterations last Friday.

The occasion marked the re-tendering of the Job Services Australia contract and Mr Hartsuyker said the new-look agreement would dispose of unnecessary red tape while at the same time offering employers and employees financial incentives to stick with the job.

At the moment, job providers are telling us that they spend 50 per cent of their time in red tape," said Mr Hartsuyker.

But changes include using phone, email and text technology to help document verification of work, and other administrative commitments.

At the same time, new funds will be directed at employers to encourage them to take job-seekers on board - both young and old.

From July 1 the Job Commitment Bonus will pay long-term unemployed young Australians aged 18-30 and in receipt of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance, $2500 if they get a job and remain off welfare for a continuous period of one year.

These same job seekers will be eligible for a further $4000 if they stay in work and off welfare for a continuous period of two years.

The Relocation Assistance To Take Up a Job program will provide a payment of up to $6000 to encourage unemployed people to move to take up work.

And the Seniors Employment Incentive Payment will provide a business with a payment of up to $3250 if it hires a job seeker aged 50 or over, who has been unemployed for at least six months and is receiving income support.

"Flexibility of short term employment can be good for employers but from a national perspective, increased full time employment is a goal worth pursuing," he said.



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