Federal wage subsidy supports more than 740 on Sunshine Coast off welfare

Federal Government wage subsidy supports more than 740 on Sunshine Coast off welfare and into work

100,000 Australians have benefitted since 2015

Since 1 July 2015, 741 job placements have been made in the Sunshine Coast Federal electorate of Fisher thanks to the support of a Commonwealth Government wage subsidy. In total more than 100,000 of the most disadvantaged Australians, many long-term unemployed welfare recipients, have gained a job through the Turnbull Government’s wage subsidy program since 2015.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace commended the Sunshine Coast businesses who have used the incentive, which provides a subsidy of up to $10,000 to employers who hire and retain eligible people in ongoing positions.

“We all know that the best form of welfare is a job. These wage subsidies have helped parents, mature age, youth, and more than 200 long-term unemployed and Indigenous Australians locally to get one.” Mr Wallace said.

“I have been working hard to encourage the growth of the industries we need to deliver the jobs of the future here on the Coast. In particular, my Fisher Defence Industry Initiative is already seeing millions of dollars of new contracts coming to our community and new highly skilled jobs being created. Reaching the 100,000 milestone nationally is clear evidence that the Turnbull Government’s employment policies are working.” he said.

Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said that the Government is committed to getting as many Australians into work as possible.

“When we came to government we made a strong commitment to create jobs and get people into work. We are delivering on that promise – jobs growth in 2017 was the best year on record and since 2014, we have decreased the number of people on welfare by around 140,000, the lowest proportion it’s been at in at least 25 years,” Minister Cash said.

This targeted incentive is available for Australian businesses to encourage them to employ more people and give more unemployed people a chance to get back into work. For more information about the available wage subsidies visit: https://www.jobs.gov.au/wage-subsidies

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Authorised by Andrew Wallace MP, Liberal National Party, 11/10 Lake Kawana Blvd, Bokarina, QLD, 4575