Wage subsidies are a financial incentive to encourage employers to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage subsidies can help to build a business and give employers greater flexibility in their hiring options.
Up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) is available for new employees who are:
- 15 to 24 years of age,
- Indigenous Australians, or
- 50 years of age and over.
Up to $6,500 (GST inclusive) is available for new employees who are:
- 25 to 29 years of age,
- parents, or
- registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.
For a summary of what’s available see the Wage Subsidies fact sheet.
Eligible businesses can receive payments over a six month period from employment services providers. Employers can negotiate how often they are made, for example weekly or fortnightly.
Employers can access a wage subsidy if they:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- have not previously received a wage subsidy for the same person
- are not an Australian, state or territory government agency
- offer a job that is expected to be ongoing and for an average of 20 hours per week over the six months of the wage subsidy agreement
- offer a job that complies with employment standards for the position - for example, is suitable work and pays as a minimum the national award wage.
Some jobs are not eligible for a wage subsidy, including:
- work that displaces an existing employee
- commission-based, subcontracting or self-employment positions and
- work for an immediate family member.
How to manage a wage subsidy
A wage subsidy consists of a head agreement and individual schedules for each new employee. These can be viewed and managed via the jobactive website.
For more information about how to manage a wage subsidy agreement see the Managing Wage Subsidies – how to guide found below:
Translated factsheets on the financial incentives available to employers who hire through jobactive.
If you have any questions or would like to apply for a wage subsidy, contact an employment services provider within 12 weeks (84 calendar days) of the job starting.
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