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Job-seekers could be paid $6000 to move and hold down job

JOB-SEEKERS could soon be paid up to $6000 for moving to a region and holding down work, after the Abbott Government introduced bills to complete an election commitment on Thursday.

The bonuses will be given to eligible job seekers who move from a capital city to a regional area to take on a new job, and up to $3000 will also be on offer for a move from the country to the city.

It will also offer an extra $3000 to those moving their families with them, in an effort to increase employment.

While the Abbott Government is still looking for savings from the budget, the overall cost would only be about $150 million, much of that recouped on savings on unemployment benefits.

Assistant Employment Minister Luke Hartsuyker introduced the bill in parliament on Thursday, saying it would reward long-term unemployed if they get and keep a job.

"Young job seekers who have been on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance (other) for at least the preceding 12 months will receive $2,500 if they get a job, remain in continuous work and off income support for 12 months," he said in a statement.

The bills, if passed, will complete an election commitment from the Abbott Government to help increase employment, and come as part of a raft of other changes to workplace laws were introduced.

Employment Minister Eric Abetz said the new Fair Work Amendment Bill, would do "nothing more, nothing less" than promised changes ton restrict unions' right of entry to workplaces and make more flexible work arrangements.

Those changes, also introduced on Thursday, would remove union powers over new workplace agreements, which Senator Abetz said had "enabled them to frustrate" the worker-employer agreements.

The changes on right of entry will also see union officials forced to comply with employer demands on meetings at a workplace, but also prevent employers from nominating locations that could intimidate workers from meeting with their union.

Individual "flexibility arrangements" under Fair Work Act will also be changed, to give individual workers more power to negotiate their own terms with their employers on work hours and other issues.

Topics:  incentives jobseekers luke hartsuyker


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