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Government rewards experience in Australian heavy haulage

Government rewards experience in Australian heavy haulage

Former Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz has said that the government’s Restart Program has directly helped 173 transport industry workers. 

The Restart Program is aimed at helping mature-age workers to stay in the workforce, and grants employers up to $10,000 in wage subsidies when they hire an eligible job seeker over the age of 50.

From 1 July 2014 to 15 September 2015, 173 mature-age workers were placed in the transport sector, including in postal and warehousing roles. In the same period, there have been 42 Restart agreements recorded as truck drivers and 31 recorded as delivery drivers in the transport, postal and warehousing industries.

Senator Abetz urged employers to consider experience when recruiting for transport sector roles. 

“Employers who take advantage of Restart to provide older Australians with work are winners. That’s because besides getting a keen new worker and a wage subsidy, they also benefit from the lifetime of skills and experience that those workers bring to their business," Abetz said.

“I urge businesses to recognise that hiring an older Australian through Restart could be the best business decision they ever take.”

National heavy haulage can only be strengthened by retaining skill and experience within the transport sector. Employers can be assured that they are recruiting industry know-how, as well as receiving financial gain from the Restart program. Not only does the transport industry have an obligation to care for experienced workers during key transition points in their working life, but the benefits of recruiting an older person are undeniable.

Why hire a mature-age worker?

Having an older person on staff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to employers and to other workers and customers. If your core workforce is young, diversity of skills, flexibility and enthusiasm are good reasons to consider hiring mature-age workers.

There is evidence to suggest that mature-age workers are less likely to take unplanned absences and are less likely to sustain workplace injuries. Experienced workers might also help you to establish a mentor program within your business. Mentoring programs are good for employee engagement and loyalty.

Now is the time to develop diversity

As Australia’s population ages, it will become increasingly difficult to engage and retain mature-age workers. Now is the time to develop policies that will strengthen your current workforce, leaving a smooth ride for the future.

Australian heavy haulage companies can still take advantage of the Restart Program, which is designed to help employees with recruitment and training costs. See www.experiencepays.gov.au for information to read more about how the program works.

With heavy haulage in Australia, there is no doubt that life experience, as well as work experience, can be a positive contribution to the work environment. 

Experience pays

At National Heavy Haulage, we strive to keep our clients updated with news and information about grants and assistance that will help to strengthen the transport sector. We believe that our experience and dedication is why we are market leaders in the Australian heavy haulage industry.

To take advantage of our wealth of knowledge, contact National Heavy Haulage on 1300 79 22 49 and speak to one of our experienced team members.

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