Who can apply for a wage subsidy?

You may be eligible for a government incentive to employ and retain a new employee for at least six months. Payments to eligible employers can be $10,000 (including GST) for six months, with payments made to you over a six-month period at intervals that you are free to negotiate. In some cases, wage subsidies can be up to $30,000 for 12 months.

If your answer to each of the following criteria is yes, you may be an eligible employer:

  • you have an ABN (Australian Business Number)
  • you haven’t previously received a financial incentive for the same person
  • you are not an Australian, state or government agency
  • you are offering a job opportunity that you expect to continue for an average 20 hours per week over the six months, and be ongoing
  • you are offering a job that complies with employment standards, for example, it is suitable work and pays at least the national award wage.

In addition, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy agreement if you:

There are exclusions, but they are few and reasonable. The job you offer must not:

  • displace an existing employee
  • be a commission-based, subcontracting or self-employment role
  • be for an immediate family member.

If you have any questions or concerns about your eligibility as an employer for a wage subsidised employee, contact us today.

Eligibility for candidates

For an employer to receive a wage subsidy, the new employee must be registered for six months or more with one of the following:

  • jobactive
  • Transition to Work
  • Disability Employment Services
  • Community Development Programme.

Other eligibility requirements for employers and employees might apply. Contact us today to discuss how we can match you to an ideal employee and help you receive a government wage subsidy.