Seasonal workers to benefit from perks
AS RATES of unemployment continue to rise, the State Government is offering a new incentive to get more young people employed in rural areas as seasonal workers.
Starting from July 1, the Seasonal Worker Incentive is a two-year trial for job seekers to participate in seasonal work without affecting their income support payments.
The Federal Government made a commitment to increase the number of seasonal horticultural workers.
On December 19 2016, as part of the mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the Treasurer announced the Seasonal Worker Incentives, a set of measures which will support more Australian job seekers to take up this type of employment.
The trial will be capped at 3800 participants over each financial year of the trial.
Participants in the trial will be able to earn an extra $5000 each year from eligible seasonal work.
They will also be able to access a seasonal work living away and travel allowance of up to $300 each year, when the work they take up is more than 120km from home.
Job seekers who have been receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance for a minimum of three continuous months will be eligible to participate in the trial through their employment service providers.
More information about the Seasonal Worker Incentives will be available closer to the start date.
Phone the Department of Employment on 13 62 68.
Seasonal workers in the North Burnett.