Baird: Govt created western Sydney jobs

More than 10,500 new jobs for western Sydney have been created under the government's jobs action plan, says NSW Treasurer Mike Baird.

Mr Baird said NSW Office of State Revenue figures show 10,508 JAP applications for greater western Sydney have been received since the scheme commenced on July 1, 2011.

Under the plan, businesses that create a new position receive a $5000 payroll tax rebate on that position, increased from $4000 in the 2013-14 budget.

Mr Baird said half of the top 20 metropolitan areas claiming payroll tax rebates under the plan are in greater western Sydney.

“I’m particularly pleased with the significant contribution to jobs growth in greater western Sydney,” Mr Baird said.

“The plan has now supported the creation of more than 46,000 positions, including more than 10,500 jobs in greater western Sydney,” Mr Baird said.

Some of the leading suburbs include Parramatta with 1,179 payroll tax rebates already claimed, Hills Shire with 1,052, Auburn with 1,693 and Blacktown  with 1,373.

Mr Baird said the positive jobs growth showed western Sydney businesses were taking advantage of JAP to grow their businesses.

“There were almost 6,000 new jobs created under the jobs action plan across NSW in February – well over five times the number of positions created in February last year.”

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