Sea­sonal work­ers to ben­e­fit from perks

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

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.

PHOTO: FILE

Sea­sonal work­ers in the North Bur­nett.

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