Senate debates

Tuesday, 10 November 2020


Economic Recovery Package (JobMaker Hiring Credit) Amendment Bill 2020; In Committee

6:31 pm

Photo of Louise PrattLouise Pratt (WA, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing) Share this | Hansard source

I implore the government to look more directly at the transparency and oversight of this scheme, so I move opposition amendment (1) on sheet 1096:

(1) Schedule 1, page 3 (before line 27), before item 5, insert:

4D Before section 8


7D Requirements for rules that provide for jobmaker hiring credit scheme—evaluation of the scheme

(1) This section applies if rules are made for the purposes of subsection 7(1A) that provide for a kind of payment known as the jobmaker hiring credit.

(2) The rules must require that:

(a) an evaluation of the scheme for the jobmaker hiring credit must be conducted 6 months and 12 months after the beginning of the relevant period; and

(b) a report on each of those evaluations must be provided to the Treasurer and published on the Department of the Treasury's website.

(3) Rules made for the purposes of subsection (2) must require that:

(a) each evaluation is conducted within 30 days of the end of the period the subject of the evaluation; and

(b) the report of the evaluation is made publicly available by the end of that 30 day period.

The Treasury should be conducting evaluation processes at three and six months, as they did with JobKeeper, and release that data. The evaluation was critically important, and I ask the government to support at least this level of transparency for this scheme. The government hasn't supported any amendments concerning transparency of this scheme that have been moved but should show some goodwill and subject itself to at least a modicum of transparency of this scheme.


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