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Wage Subsidies for Employers

 

What is a wage subsidy?

A wage subsidy is a government financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) that is available to qualifying businesses that employ eligible job seekers.
Payments are available over a six month period.

 

What wage subsidies are available?

You can access the following wage subsidies when you employ eligible job seekers through an employment services provider:

  • Restart wage subsidy – up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) when you hire eligible mature age job seekers who are 50 years of age and over.
  • Youth Bonus wage subsidy – up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) when you hire eligible job seekers who are 15 to 24 years of age.
  • Youth wage subsidy – up to $6,500 (GST inclusive) when you hire eligible job seekers who are 25 to 29 years of age.
  • Parents wage subsidy – up to $6,500 (GST inclusive) when you hire an eligible job seeker who is a principal carer parent.
  • Long-term unemployed and Indigenous Australians – up to $6,500 (GST inclusive) when you hire a long-term unemployed job seeker who has been registered with employment services for 12 months, or an Indigenous Australian job seeker who has been registered with employment services for six months.
  • Wage Subsidy Scheme-up to $1500 plus GST when you hire eligible job seekers

 

Is my business eligible?

Your business is eligible for a wage subsidy if it:

  • has an Australian Business Number
  • has not previously received a wage subsidy for the same job seeker
  • is not an Australian, state or territory government agency.
  • What types of jobs can I offer?
  • The job can be full time or part time and needs to be:
  • for a minimum of required hours  per week averaged over the six months of the agreement
  • ongoing
  • meets the employment standards for the position (for example, is suitable work and pays as a minimum the national award wage).

Apprenticeships and traineeships are also eligible for wage subsidies.

The job cannot displace an existing employee, be a commission based, subcontracting or self-employment position, or work for an immediate family member.

 

Who can I hire?

To receive a wage subsidy the job seeker you employ must be registered with an employment services provider, such as jobactive or Disability Employment Services or Community Development Programmes

Other eligibility requirements are based on a job seeker’s circumstances. Talk to your local employment services provider for more information.

 

How do I apply?

Talk to us today about how we can assist you to access government wage subsidies. 

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Am I eligible for jobactive?

jobactive services are generally available if you get an income support payment, such as Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance (other), or Parenting Payment, and have mutual obligation requirements. Mutual obligations are certain things that you need to do in return for your payment, like look for work.

The Australian Government Department of Human Services will assess your circumstances and eligibility for jobactive and refer you to a jobactive provider.

If you aren’t on income support, or you are receiving income support and don’t have mutual obligations, you may be able to volunteer for jobactive services if you:

  • are not working or studying full-time,
  • and have the right to work in Australia.

If you are still unsure if you are eligible for jobactive or to find out more information, fill out the below contact form or phone us on 1300 194 240. 

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