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Wage Subsidies for Employers

 

Through jobactive, wage subsidies to support those who aren’t engaged in paid opportunities are available to businesses that hire eligible youth and mature job seekers, along with people who’ve been out of a paid position long-term, are Indigenous or are parents.

Applying for jobactive Wage Subsidy

The varying opportunities for government support for businesses are typically available for up to six months and are available to you if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have an ABN
  • The hiree hasn’t previously been recruited by you
  • Your new hire meets government requirements
  • The position is ongoing for 20 hours or more a week
  • Must follow suitable standards and pay at least the minimal national pay requirements

Requirements for Government Support for Businesses

The following government subsidies for employers are currently available to eligible businesses:

To qualify for this jobactive wage subsidy, you need to hire someone who is:

– 50 years of age or older

– Out of work and on income support for six months or more

– Registered with a jobactive or Disability Employment Services provider or Community Development Programme provider.

If you’re approved, up to $6,500 (GST inclusive) is payable if the recruitment is for at least 30 hours per week, over 12 months. A further bonus of up to $3,500 (GST inclusive) will be paid for a long-term position opportunity that lasts the full 12 months, making it a total of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive). 

You will receive a pro-rata wage subsidy starting from $3,250 (GST inclusive) if you gain the skills of an eligible mature age person for 15-29 hours per week.

To receive this wage subsidy, you need to engage the skills of a job seeker who:

– Is under 30 years of age

– Is a Fully Eligible Participant with mutual obligation requirements

– Has been registered with an employment services provider continuously for at least the previous six months or more.

Note: These types of providers include jobactive, Disability Employment Services, former Job Services Australia, former Remote Jobs and Communities Programme or the Community Development Programme.

To receive this wage subsidy, you need to hire someone who:

– Has commenced with a registered provider

– Is a Fully Eligible Participant with mutual obligation requirements

– Has been engaged in employment services continuously for at least the previous 12 months or more or

– In the case of Indigenous job seekers, as above, except for their continuous involvement only being for at least the previous six months or more.

Note: These include jobactive, Disability Employment Services, former Job Services Australia, former Remote Jobs and Communities Programme or the Community Development Programme.

To receive this pay subsidy, you need to engage the skills of a hiree who is:

– Has commenced with a jobactive provider

– Is a Fully Eligible Participant with mutual obligation requirements

– Is either in receipt of a Parenting Payment; or a Principal Carer Parent receiving Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance or Special Benefit

Has been continuously involved in an employment system for at least the previous six months or more.

Note: These include jobactive, Disability Employment Services, former Job Services Australia, former Remote Jobs and Communities Programme or the Community Development Programme.

*Subject to meeting conditions and eligibility criteria

BUSY at Work: Helping you Reach Your Business Goals

With the range of pay subsidies available, businesses have access to various options for maintaining a diverse work environment.

We understand during these unparalleled times that any benefits around the means of financial support can mean ongoing security for people new to the workplace and can assist in keeping your business thrivingt by providing skilled workers from all stages and ages of life.

For a more detailed understanding, information about available subsidies and eligibility is available by visiting the DESE.

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