long-term unemployed – Tony Abbott announced “job commitment bonus”
Long-term jobless people under 30 would be eligible for a $2500 “Job Commitment Bonus” if they secure work and hold on to it for a continuous period of 12 months, and they’ll get another $4000 if they’re still employed a year after that, under a Coalition government. Jobless young people will be given financial assistance of up to $6000 to move to regional areas to seek work or $3000 to move to metropolitan areas.
The changes, the total cost of which has not been revealed, would be buttressed by a restoration of the Coalition’s work-for-the-dole system.
“These are sensible, targeted measures to help get people off welfare and into work,” Mr Abbott said. “More than 140,000 Australians have been unemployed for more than 12 months. If elected, we will take real action to get them into work.”
The opposition believes the payments can convince long-term unemployed people between 18 and 30 years old to make the sometimes difficult lifestyle changes needed to maximise their employability.
Also included in the workforce participation package to be announced, are incentive payments to get the jobless to leave areas of high unemployment and move to areas where their employment prospects are brighter.
“Many jobseekers find themselves living in areas with high levels of unemployment and far away from new job opportunities,” a briefing note explaining the policy states.
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Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014
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