Jobless urged to register for online account
LONG-TERM jobseekers are being encouraged to register for a Centrelink online account to prepare for new Job Commitment Bonus payments if they stay in work.
Minister for Human Services Senator Marise Payne said information about the new payment was sent last week to around 173,000 young jobseekers who have been receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance for at least 12 months.
"The Job Commitment Bonus will encourage long-term jobseekers aged 18 to 30 to enter the workforce by providing $2500 to those who get a job and stay off payments for 12 months and an extra $4000 if they remain off payments for a further 12 months," Ms Payne said.
"Jobseekers can make a few simple preparations now so they are ready to apply for the bonus once they have been in the workforce for 12 months after 1 July 2014.
"By registering for a Centrelink online account and linking it to a myGov account, customers can receive reminder messages as they approach their 12 months of employment.
Minister Payne said customers should also start keeping copies of any payslips, tax notice of assessment and payments summary.
"People will need this evidence to show that they have been working for the whole 12-month period in order to claim the bonus," Minister Payne said.
Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker said relocation assistance was also now available for long-term jobseekers who have been receiving Newstart, Youth Allowance or Parenting Payment for more than 12 months.
"The Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job Programme began on 1 July and provides up to $6000 for jobseekers who relocate to a regional area for work," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"It also provides up to $3000 to people who move to a capital city and up to $3000 extra for customers with dependent children.
"Relocation assistance is paid by Job Services Australia and Disability Employment Services rather than Centrelink, so people should speak to their employment services provider for more information".
Customers can create a myGov account at my.gov.au.