Member for Barker Tony Pasin says through the PaTH programme the Federal Coalition Government is delivering on their commitment to help young people equip themselves with the right skills to get a job.“The best way to get more young people into work is to build a strong economy that enables employers to be more productive, more competitive, more innovative and to create more job opportunities,” Mr Pasin said.

“Every policy lever the government has at its disposal is being utilised to promote growth, encourage investment, stimulate job creation and support businesses.”

The Youth Jobs PaTH program will be funded through the Turnbull Government’s $855 million Youth Employment Package, announced in the 2015-16 Budget.

This program complements the Coalition Government’s successful Government’s Transition to Work service and Empowering YOUth initiative, all of which are designed to get vulnerable young Australians into the workforce.

The three core elements of Coalition Government’s Youth Jobs “PaTH” programme are to Prepare young job seekers to understand what employers expect of them in the workplace and equip them with the skills, attitude and behaviours for them to be successful in a job; Trial job seekers through an internship for a period of between 4 to 12 weeks; and Hire – with a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 to help more businesses hire young people.

Local businesses that take on an intern will receive an upfront payment of $1,000, and young people will receive an incentive payment of $200 per fortnight on top of their income support payment.

“The Youth Jobs PaTH program is a central element of the Government’s comprehensive plan to get more Australians into work,” said Mr Pasin.

Through PaTH, thousands of young Australians have gained work, and set themselves on the road to achieving financial independence.

Member for Barker said Youth Jobs PaTH is providing a win for the local economy, with many local businesses already having taken advantage of the financial incentives available to hire more young people.

“I believe the best form of welfare is a job and our PaTH program is delivering opportunities for young Australians to gain the skills and experience they need to move off welfare and into work,” said Mr Pasin.

In the coming months the Member for Barker will be hosting Youth Jobs PaTH forums throughout the electorate with the purpose of assisting businesses looking for staff as well as helping young people looking for work understand the PaTH program and what it has to offer.

Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH, including internships, is available at


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