Labor to offer relocation cash to jobless

by 12 Aug 2010

The Labor Party is to offer cash incentives for long-term jobless Australians to relocate to find work.

Julia Gillard announced yesterday that a re-elected Labor Government will bring in new measures to help “encourage workforce participation and focus new effort on modernising Australia’s welfare system”.

And employers will receive a $2,500 financial incentive for taking on a relocated jobseeker as part of this package.

These grants will be in the form of reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in the relocation, such as removalist’s costs.

Labor’s proposal would cost $14.8 million over three years from 2010-11.

If re-elected the scheme will be trialled for up to 2,000 eligible job seekers over two years from 1 January 2011.


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