Wage subsidies and government funding

It takes time and money to find and train new staff. The Australian Government’s Wage Subsidy Scheme provides up to $10,000 per employee to help you provide sustainable employment for workers with different needs. We can help you determine if you are eligible for the subsidy.

Examples of funding that may be available for new employees includes the cost of their transport to and from work and the cost of tools, clothing and equipment they need to do their job.

What financial incentives are available to your business?

Please refer to the wage subsidy fact sheet for employers for specific wage subsidy figures.

The following wage subsidies apply to eligible placements:

  • Restart Program – up to $10,000 for employing staff 50 years of age and over in ongoing roles
  • Youth Bonus – up to $6,500 or $10,000 for employing staff between 15 and 24 years of age
  • Youth – up to $6,500 for employing staff between 25 and 29 years of age
  • Parents – up to $6,500 for employing staff who are a principal carer parent
  • Long Term Unemployed and Indigenous – up to $6,500 for employees who have been registered with WISE Employment for 12 months, or for Indigenous Australians who have been registered with WISE Employment for six months.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are also eligible for a wage subsidy along with other financial incentives available to employers under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

Read more about the Wage Subsidy Scheme

Employment Assistance Fund

The Employment Assistance Fund helps people with disability and their employers by providing financial assistance for work-related equipment, modifications and services.

Financial assistance is available for assistive technology, electronic and communication equipment, specialist support for employees with learning disability or mental illness, Auslan interpreting for job interviews and work-related activities, deafness awareness training and other disability awareness training.

Read more about the Employment Assistance Fund

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