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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), a welfare organisation, has urged the country’s labour government to increase the number of wage subsidies made available to long-term unemployed people.
The scheme had previously been frozen and the organisation now wants to double the figure of wage subsidies to 20,000 places a year.
“Only 10,000 wage subsidies per year are available,'' ACOSS says in its submission. When a similar wage subsidy scheme was introduced in 2006, take-up was low among employment service providers because the administrative cost exceeded the potential benefits of such a scheme when implemented on a small scale. We therefore propose that the scheme be scaled up substantially by doubling the number of places,” said ACOSS.