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Member for Hinkler to announce new deal for jobseekers

FEDERAL Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt will today announce the six organisations set to deliver improved employment services to job seekers and businesses in Bundaberg and Childers.

A new $5 billion employment services model, known as Jobactive, will replace Job Services Australia from July 1.

Mr Pitt said the Job Services Australia system introduced by Labor was no longer meeting the needs of job seekers and employers.

"Under Labor, employment services were allowed to focus on process rather than results, churning job seekers through training for training's sake," he said.

"Under the Jobactive model, service providers will no longer receive payments for job placements alone.

"There will be clearer incentives for providers to help job seekers keep a job, by better preparing them to meet the needs of local employers.

"The new model will reward seasonal work outcomes, because data shows that people who accept a few short-term employment opportunities are substantially more likely to gain a full-time position."

Mr Pitt said Advanced Personnel Management, Job Futures Ltd, MAX Employment, NEATO Employment Services, Sarina Russo Job Access and Mission Providence were selected through a competitive tender process.

"Organisations were assessed by the Department of Employment in terms of their capacity to meet the needs of local job seekers, their past performance and their organisational and management arrangements," he said.

"Hinkler providers will receive additional resources from government, in recognition of the added challenges they and their local job seekers face in regional Queensland.

"My number one priority since being elected has been helping Hinkler residents secure employment.

"The Coalition government has introduced a range of measures to support job seekers and we're giving businesses incentives to create jobs.

"Work for the Dole is being rolled out nationally, following its success in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.

"Work for the Dole co-ordinators will work with local community organisations to identify activities and places."

Local job seekers will be advised which organisation will help them look for work after July 1.

In the meantime, job seekers will continue to work with their existing Jobs Services Australia provider.

NEW MEASURES INTRODUCED

Businesses can access up to $10,000 to employ mature age job seekers.

Young job seekers who find a job and stay off welfare for 12 months will receive $2500, and a further $4000 at 24 months.

Receive up to $9000 relocation assistance to take up a sustainable ongoing job.

Compulsory 15-25 hours Work for the Dole each week for most job seekers under 50.

Trade Support Loans of up to $20,000 for apprentices, with a 20% discount for successful completion.

Wage subsidies of up to $6500 for businesses that employ long-term welfare recipients, young or indigenous jobs seekers.

A $476 million Industry Skills Fund for staff training to help businesses expand.

Green Army volunteers gain a qualification while helping clean up the environment.

Topics:  federal, job seekers



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