NSW offers cash incentives to lure women back to work

'This is an opportunity to build the confidence and financial independence for women who need it most'

NSW offers cash incentives to lure women back to work

The New South Wales government is introducing an expanded Return to Work programme that will grant up to $5,000 to women who are returning to the workforce.

This is thanks to the government allocating $32 million to the project in the 2022-23 budget, according to a media release.

The $5,000 grant may be used by the recipients to fund their new work wardrobe, technology, as well as training so they can make their comeback to the workforce.

"This is an opportunity to build the confidence and financial independence for women who need it most," said NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, who is encouraging eligible women to apply for the programme.

Eligible women include those who have been unemployed for at least a month and are now looking for a new job, according to a 9news report.

The grant comes as the government acknowledges how the female-dominated industries and workers were hit hard by the pandemic.

Treasurer Matt Kean said this "highlighted the importance of women to the long-term health" of the economy.

"Now, more than ever, we need to support women to get into, and return to, the workforce. This programme helps equip women with the information, technology, and financial support they need to get back to work," he explained.

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Over 1,500 women have completed the programme so far, according to Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor, where 65% of them secured employment and 73% applied for or started education and training.

According to Taylor, 98.5% of the programme's participants found it helpful, with the feedback saying that it was effective because of its flexibility and tailored approach.

"The programme is already helping thousands of women to meet their employment and education goals - I want this programme to support as many women as possible to find secure employment," said Perrottet.

Applications for the grant will open on July 1, with more details arriving on June 21.

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