Jobs programme brought forward

A jobs programme that will give Tasmanian businesses a financial incentive for employing a job seeker has been brought forward by six months.

The policy was first announced under the Coalition’s pre-election economic growth plan for Tasmania in August and was estimated to cost $6.5 million.

 Initially planned to kick off in the next financial year, the programme will now start on January 1.

Businesses which employ a job seeker who has been on Newstart for six months will receive a payment of $3250 in a bid to bring down the state's high unemployment and job participation rate.

 The program will run as a trial for two years and will then be assessed.

Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz said the Liberal Party was committed to enhancing Tasmania’s investment prospects to boost opportunities and confidence for individuals, families and businesses.

 ‘’The Tasmanian jobs programme will provide a much needed boost to the Tasmanian job market,’’ Mr Abetz said. 

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