Legislation to extend the successful Jobs Action Plan until 2019 has passed Parliament. The Jobs Action Plan is a key plank of the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ election commitment to create 150,000 jobs in the next four years.

I’m proud to be a part of a government that is working hard to support the creation of jobs. The extension of the Jobs Action Plan will support businesses looking to expand and create more employment opportunities for people across NSW.

Under the plan, businesses that create a new position receive a $5,000 payroll tax rebate. Since its implementation in 2011, more than 100,000 Jobs Action Plan registrations have been received.

Despite Labor’s opposition, on Wednesday Parliament voted to extend the program until 2019. Once again the Opposition has shown that it wants to make it harder for businesses to grow and employ.

For a decade under Labor, NSW had the lowest employment growth of any state. The NSW unemployment rate was above the national average for 40 of Labor’s last 47 months.

The Coalition government has created 188,300 jobs since April 2011 – more than any other state.

NSW’s unemployment rate has been at or below the national average for 17 consecutive months.