jobactive PaTH Program

Barnaby Joyce said financial incentives will help the local economy and in turn, create more jobs.
Barnaby Joyce said financial incentives will help the local economy and in turn, create more jobs.

New Federal Government incentives are available to help businesses hire additional staff in the New England Electorate.

New wage subsidies are a key component of the Government’s new jobactive PaTH Program, which will be fully rolled out in April to help up to 120,000 vulnerable young Australians through pre-employment training, internships and these new wage subsidies.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said the changes would help local business to hire young people in our community.

“Financial incentives of up to $10,000 are available to encourage businesses to employ new staff.  This will help our local economy and in turn, create more jobs,” Mr Joyce said.

“There is no higher priority for our community and for the Government than creating jobs. That means not only growing our economy, but also help people become job ready.

“I’m delighted to see these incentives are being improved, to support more local employers to hire more workers. Our jobactive PaTH Program is all about getting young people ready, giving them a go and getting them a job.

I strongly encourage more local business owners to take advantage of this program, including new wage subsidies, to take on extra staff and grow their business.

Barnaby Joyce

“I strongly encourage more local business owners to take advantage of this program, including new wage subsidies, to take on extra staff and grow their business.”

From April 1 employers can receive  a payment of $1000 to help with the costs of hosting an intern in their business for 4-12 weeks, to determine if a young person is the right fit for the team. Internships are unpaid, but all interns will receive an extra $200 a fortnight on top of their income support payment.

Employers may also be eligible for up to $10,000 when they hire a job seeker aged 15-24 (or up to $6500 for someone aged 25-29). The job seeker must have received employment services for six months or more and be working an average of 20 hours per week in an ongoing position.

More information is available at www.jobsearch.gov.au/path