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Payroll tax rebates for businesses who hire employees with a disability

19 October 2011

The NSW Government has introduced legislation to Parliament that will give businesses a payroll tax rebate for hiring a person with a disability.

NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said the Payroll Tax Rebate Scheme (Disability Employment) Bill 2011 will provide employers with a payroll tax rebate of up to $4,000 per employee.

"The O'Farrell Government is delivering on its commitment to improve the employment prospects of people with a disability," Mr Constance said.

"The Government is fully committed to protecting the most vulnerable members in the community and giving people with a disability the best chance of securing a job."

The rebate will apply to businesses who hire a new employee out of the Transition to Work program and will be paid in two equal parts, after three months and after six months from the hiring of a new employee.

"Transition to Work is a two-year program that prepares school leavers for the workplace with over 1,300 people currently taking part," Mr Constance said.

"The program has been successful in achieving employment for the participants, but more needs to be done to bridge the gap in the unemployment rate of people with a disability and the rest of the community."

"Rebuilding the economy means encouraging businesses to employ a diverse workforce and giving people with a disability the opportunity to contribute in the workplace."

The NSW Government has committed $2 million per annum over the next five years for the scheme to apply from 1 January 2012.

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