This program aims to support businesses to give eligible jobseekers an opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for ongoing employment.
Wage Subsidies are available for employers who take on a Disability Employment Services (DES) jobseeker.
Employers can negotiate a wage subsidy with a DES provider to hire a new employee. The employer must agree that the employment arrangement will continue for the period required by the relevant wage subsidy criteria. Payments are made by DES providers to employers after the employer has met these criteria, and provided proof of employment.
Employers should contact a DES provider for more information on eligibility criteria.
Employers may be able to receive a wage subsidy if they:
Employers are required to pay all wages and meet all other entitlements for their employee as required by state or federal law and include payments such as superannuation, tax, insurance costs and work health and safety requirements.
Employers must negotiate the payment of wage subsidies directly with a DES provider. Wage subsidies must be arranged prior to commencing the new employee, and can only be paid if the employer has signed a wage subsidy agreement with the DES provider.
Wage subsidies are paid to eligible employers only after receiving verification of employment and the wage payments to the employee.
Employers are required to maintain appropriate documentation to support the wage subsidy arrangement.
This will depend on the wage subsidy program and the negotiated amount agreed to, based on the program criteria, the individual circumstances of the jobseeker and the employer’s needs.
For example, the maximum amount available through the Restart wage subsidy is $10,000, however, this may be reduced depending on the work capacity of the jobseeker, the employment tenure (full-time or part-time), and the duration of employment.
Not all jobs attract a wage subsidy. It is up to the individual service provider to determine when a wage subsidy is appropriate and the level of the wage subsidy available depending on the jobseeker’s and employer’s needs.
In some instances, an employer will be ineligible for a wage subsidy. Some common exclusions are:
Other less common exclusion criteria may also apply.
Reimbursement is paid to employment service providers in arrears, after they have paid the employer and have the necessary documentary evidence to show payment to the employer, and the minimum employment requirements have been met.
This article was originally published on jobaccess.gov.au