Mature Age Worker Commencement Initiative

 

Mature Aged Worker Commencement Incentive

Some mature aged workers face particular barriers to employment and training. The Mature Aged Worker Commencement Incentive is provided to employers who employ mature aged workers who are experiencing disadvantage.

The Mature Aged Worker Commencement Incentive is $750 and effect date is six months from the date of commencement.  Employers are able to indicate their intent to claim this incentive via the Commencement Incentive SmartForm when issued by BUSY At Work.

For an employer to be eligible for a Mature Aged Worker Commencement Incentive, the Australian Apprentice must:

  • be aged 45 or over at the date of commencement; and
  • meet the following eligibility criteria from Section III Primary Eligibility:
  1. Employment and Training Arrangements; and
  2. Citizenship Status; and
  3. Existing Worker; and
  4. Previous and Concurrent Qualifications; and
  5. Waiting Period; and
  6. Time Limits; and
  • have not previously been eligible for the Mature Aged Worker Commencement Incentive; and
  • where a previous or concurrent qualification results in the Australian Apprenticeship only attracting post commencement incentives, the Mature Aged Worker Commencement Incentive will be payable where the Australian Apprentice:
    • has undertaken an Australian Apprenticeship at the Certificate II level which was eligible to attract the Commencement Incentive, and is now undertaking a Certificate III or IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma Australian Apprenticeship; or
    • has attained a Certificate II qualification through a pathway other than an Australian Apprenticeship and the Certificate III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma Australian Apprenticeship is relevant to the qualification held; and
  • have had the Training Contract approved by the STA and have been employed by the employer as an Australian Apprentice at the effect date and;
  • meets one of the following criteria:
    • is in receipt of one or more of the following Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) income support payments for the entire three month calendar period immediately prior to the date of commencement of the Australian Apprenticeship:

Centrelink payments

Carer Payment; CDEP Supplementary Payment; Age Pension; Disability Support Pension; Mature Age Allowance; Newstart Allowance; Parenting Payment; Partner Allowance; Special Benefit; Special Needs Pension; Widow Allowance; Widow B Pension; Wife Pension.

DVA payments

War/Defence Widow/er Pension; DVA Income Support Supplement (ISS); Service Pension; Income Support Supplement;

or

  • not be in paid employment at any time during the three years immediately prior to the commencement of the Australian Apprenticeship; or
  • be a Stream B or Stream C client with an Employment Provider immediately prior to the commencement of the Australian Apprenticeship; or
  • have been made redundant within the year immediately prior to the date of commencement of the Australian Apprenticeship.

What evidence should be provided at time of claim?

To be eligible to receive the Mature Aged Worker Commencement Incentive, supporting evidence must be uploaded to the SmartForm in the form of one of the following:

  • Evidence of Centrelink/Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) payments for the entire three month calendar period immediately prior to the commencement date of this Apprenticeship/Traineeship.
  • Evidence to show the Australian Apprentice was made redundant within a year immediately prior to the commencement date of this Apprenticeship/Traineeship.
  • Evidence to show the Australian Apprentice was a Stream B or C client with a jobactive Employment Provider immediately prior to the commencement date of this Apprenticeship/Traineeship.
  • Evidence of the Australian Apprentice returning to the workforce and not in paid employment at any time during the three years immediately prior to the commencement date of this Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

Need further information?

Please contact 13 28 79 or email busy@busyatwork.com.au.

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