Wage subsidies for employers

Help your business grow beyond COVID-19 with government wage subsidies. A national incentive scheme enabling businesses to save on hiring and management costs by employing eligible job seekers from our large candidate pool.

Wage subsidies to grow your team

Eligible businesses can access financial bonuses from $1,650 – $21,000 a year when hiring a new employee, apprentice or trainee.

Wage subsidies are a great way to gain further support and flexibility with your recruitment needs, helping your business grow beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help you access the best financial benefits for your business, our team are here to provide advice and guide you through the wage subsidy process.

Take a look at some of the incentives available, below.

Financial incentives available when you hire a new employee

You can access up to $10,000 in financial incentives when you hire an eligible new employee who is either:

  • 15 – 24 years of age
  • a First Nations Peoples Australian
  • 50 years of age and over
  • 25 – 29 years of age
  • a principal carer parent
  • long term unemployed

Job seekers must be registered with jobactive, ParentsNext, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services.

Wage subsidy example:
For example, based on one employee for one week who earns $18 an hour and completes 8 hours a week, who’s total weekly wage would be $144 – a host employer could SAVE $100 per employee, as this is covered in the wage subsidy. The only cost incurred by the employer is $44.

Is my business eligible?
You may be eligible for a wage subsidy if your business:

  • has an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • has not previously received a wage subsidy for the same person
  • is not an Australian, state or territory government agency
  • offers a job that is expected to be ongoing and sustainable
  • offers a job that complies with employment standards

Financial benefits when you hire an apprentice or trainee

Build your workforce and access up to $21,000 in financial bonuses with a Community Solutions apprentice or trainee.

Eligible businesses including Group Training Organisations can benefit from up to a 50% wage subsidy for an Australian apprentice or trainee. The wage subsidy is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter per eligible Australian Apprentice, that is employed between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022 and is undertaking a Certificate II or higher.

The Australian Government launched the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy to assist businesses with the recovery of COVID-19, and to support the growth of your workforce.

Learn more about the new Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy or Hiring apprentices through Community Solutions.

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