Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

$6000 If You Stay in a Job

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

$6000 If You Stay in a Job

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Tyson Yates

JOB seekers who find employment could receive more than $6000 in bonuses for finding work and keeping it.

As part of new legislation from the Federal Government's Job Commitment Bonus and the Relocation Assistance to Take up a Job program, job seekers aged 18-30 who are receiving payments for at least 12 months will receive $2500 if they get a job and remain off welfare for 12 months.

The same job seekers will be eligible for an additional $4000 if they remain in continuous work and off income support for a total of 24 months.

The government also has announced support for mature-aged workers through a Restart program which would provide a subsidy of up to $10,000 for employers who hire a worker aged 50 and above.

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the changes, which will become effective from July 1 2014, will act as an incentive to address Wide Bay's unemployment rate which last week was announced as the highest in the country. …

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