The Federal Government’s new Wage Connect Subsidy is having great success helping long term unemployed Australians living in Chifley to find work.
Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic said that 60 previously out of work residents had found a job since January thanks to the Wage Connect Subsidy.
The news comes off the back of the March employment statistics showing 44,000 new jobs being created last month.
“While I’m excited to see 44,000 new jobs created last month, I’ve learned from meeting with local residents that once you’ve been unemployed for a long period of time, it can be tremendously difficult to find a new job,” Mr Husic said.
“This new Government subsidy provides an incentive for employers in Chifley to give someone who has been living on income support for many years the chance to get off the dole and into paid work.”
Wage Connect pays a wage subsidy to employers who take on and retain eligible job seekers.
The subsidy of around $5700— the equivalent of the average rate of Newstart Allowance over 26 weeks—helps offset wage and training costs for the first six months of the person’s employment.
Wage Connect supports jobs for people who have been on income support payments for at least the last two years; with little or no recent work experience.
“Since Wage Connect began this year, 60 people in our community have found a job – giving them greater financial independence and the ability to provide for themselves and their families,” Mr Husic said.
“It’s great to see that this program is also delivering jobs for mature age job seekers, people who are homeless, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and job seekers with disability.”
Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said that the Australian Government was committed to ensuring that the benefits of paid work were extended to more Australians.
“I want to congratulate each and every one of these newly employed Chifley residents, who have had their lives and the lives of their families transformed by this Government initiative,” Ms Ellis said.
“We know that the benefits of having a good job extend far beyond collecting a fortnightly pay cheque and I hope that all of these residents in Chifley finds their work fulfilling and rewarding.”
Job seekers interested in participating in Wage Connect should speak to their employment services provider.
Interested employers who would like to learn more about Wage Connect can visit www.deewr.gov.au/wageconnectsubsidy or contact a local employment services provider on 13 17 15.