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Wage subsidy to employ jobseekers over 50 years

02 April 2024

A Restart Wage Subsidy is a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) that is available to qualifying businesses that employ eligible jobseekers who are 50 years of age or older.

Is my business eligible?

Your business is eligible for a Restart Subsidy if it:

  • has an Australian Business Number
  • the relevant participant has never been employed by the employer, or any other entity associated with the employer
  • has not recently retrenched or reduced the number of workers, or be proposing to do so
  • is not of a type of character that would bring the wage subsidy or the Commonwealth Government into disrepute
  • is not receiving another government wage subsidy for the same worker or position

What types of jobs can I offer?

The job can be full-time, part-time or casual and needs to:

  • be a minimum of 20 hours per week averaged over the six months of the agreement
  • be ongoing
  • meet the employment standards for the position (for example, is suitable work and pays at least the national award wage).

Apprenticeships and traineeships are also eligible for Restart wage subsidies.

The job cannot displace an existing employee, be a commission based, subcontracting or self-employment position, or work for an immediate family member.

Find out more

To receive a Restart wage subsidy the jobseeker you employ must be registered with a Disability Employment Services (DES) provider.

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