Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for employers

The Australia Government has announced a number of measures to support employers affected by the COVID-19 situation.

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There are services available to help retain staff, find new staff and, as a last resort, help displaced staff transition to a new job.

This fact sheet provides information about support for employers, businesses who need to hire staff, and businesses who want to help their employees who have been retrenched:

Apprentices and Trainees

The Australian Government is supporting small business to retain their apprentices and trainees through wage subsidies. Find out about Supporting Apprentices and Trainees and Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements. Further information is also available at the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Looking to hire?

While many businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and are reducing their workforces, there are some areas of the economy which have an increased demand for workers. In this rapidly changing jobs market the Australian Government has increased the support available for businesses looking to hire.

If you are looking to recruit, you can email our Workforce Contact Centre who can add your advertised vacancies to the Jobs Hub or provide guidance on how to post a vacancy on jobactive.gov.au.

If you have large recruitment needs a departmental representative will talk to you about other options to assist with your recruitment such as connecting you with an employment services provider or recently retrenched or stood down workers.

Subsidised infection control training fast-tracked for re-opening businesses

The Australian Government together with state and territory governments have established a new $80 million Infection Control Training Fund to fast-track fee free (or low cost) infection control training to support the re-opening of customer-facing businesses nationwide. The infection control short courses are the first national training products developed by the new Australian Industry Skills Emergency Response Sub-Committee in response to COVID-19.

Employers are encouraged to visit training.gov.au to find out more information about the training and contact their local training providers or skills departments in their state and territory to find out where this training is available for their employees.

Employer Reporting Line

The Employer Reporting Line allows employers to provide information to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment about a job seeker they believe is not genuinely looking for work, while receiving income support from Services Australia (Centrelink) and participating in one of the department’s employment programs.

To find out more about this service, or to read the Employer Reporting Line conditions of use and privacy statement, please refer to the Employer Reporting Line on the jobactive website.

Phone: 1300 361 241

Email: employerfeedback@dese.gov.au