10,000 young Australians off welfare and into work under PaTH

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Youth Jobs PaTH program is delivering significant results with 10,000 long-term unemployed off welfare and into work through the Youth Bonus Wage subsidy component of the Youth Jobs PaTH program.

“In just over nine months, 10,000 young people across Australia who were previously reliant on taxpayer-funded welfare are now in gainful employment thanks to the Youth Jobs PaTH program,” Mrs Marino said.

Employers are eligible for a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy, under the ‘Hire’ element of the Youth Jobs PaTH program, if they employ a young person who has been unemployed for six months or more. Reforms to the subsidy were part of the Youth Jobs PaTH program announced in last year’s Budget and commenced on 1 January 2017.

“Since the beginning of the year there has been 55 young people in the South West who have transitioned from welfare to work through the Youth Wage Subsidy,” Mrs Marino said.

“Breaking the cycle of welfare dependency by securing gainful employment has a profound effect on the individual, their family, the local economy and the community.”

Additionally there are other elements of the PaTH program are also performing well, with more than 9,300 young people have begun Employability Skills Training courses and more than 2,100 internships have commenced.

“The very positive results to date clearly show that young people are willing to put their hand up and have a go with the right support,” Mrs Marino said.

“The Turnbull Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH program is giving long-term unemployed young people in the South West the skills and experience to increase their chances of being considered for a job, and is assisting employers to give young people a go.”

For further information about Youth Jobs PaTH visit employment.gov.au/youth-jobs-path.