A new Seasonal Work Incentives Trial providing long-term unemployed people with incentives to take on seasonal horticultural work is a win-win for locals looking for work and growers across the north, Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said today.
Senator Macdonald said the trial will support both the unemployed, and farmers looking for a seasonal labour.
“This new two year trial is a great opportunity for local unemployed people to gain new skills and earn extra income without jeopardising their welfare benefits, while at the same time giving a helping hand to growers in the horticultural industry, who are often in need of short-term labour during peak production times,” Senator Macdonald said.
“In a prime horticultural region where unemployment rates are high, this trial is a perfect fit for the North.”
Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash said the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial offers financial incentives to support unemployment people to take up work opportunities for up to six weeks.
The incentives are available to eligible Newstart and Youth Allowance (Other) recipients who have been receiving those payments continuously for at least three months, and who are participating in jobactive, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services.
The $27.5million trial, which commenced on 1 July, 2017 for two years, is capped at 7,600 participants.
The Incentives include:
- Participants being able to earn up to $5,000 each year from qualifying seasonal horticultural work without it being assessed under the social security income test
- Eligibility for a Seasonal Work Living Away and Travel Allowance of up to $300 each year, if they undertake qualifying seasonal horticultural work more than 120 kilometres from their home
- Employment service providers will receive a Provider Seasonal Work Incentive Payment of $100 per week for up to six weeks per year for each eligible person they place with eligible farmers
For more information about the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial, visit www.employment.gov.au