Wage Subsidy Scheme

Wage Subsidies provide a financial incentive to eligible employers when considering the employment of Job Seekers with a disability, or other barriers to employment. Wage subsidies are payments made to employers to help cover the costs of employment and training in the first few months of employment of a person with a disability or persons experiencing other barriers to employment. They also aim to increase the competiveness of Job seekers, including those with a disability.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme offers financial assistance of up to $1500 to employers who employ eligible people with disability who are registered with a Disability Employment Services provider. The subsidy requires employers to employ the person for a minimum of eight hours a week for 13 weeks, with the intent of achieving sustainable employment. The employment must be under open employment conditions, a legal industrial agreement that complies with minimum standards established under Commonwealth State or Territory Law and must also guarantee the worker, a weekly award based wage. Please note that the Wage subsidy scheme cannot be used for commission based or sub-contracting type positions.

Further details: Contact jobaccess advisor on 1800 464 800 or visit jobaccess.gov.au/

Disabled Australian Apprenticeship Wage Support

Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) is an Australian Government incentive payable to an employer who employs an Australian Apprentice who satisfies the disability eligibility criteria in an Australian Apprenticeship.

This wage support is also available to an employer who employs an Australian Apprentice who acquires a disability during their apprenticeship or traineeship.

For more information contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 13 38 73 or visit the Australian Apprenticeships website at (www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au) for more information.

Supported Wage System

The Supported Wage System is a process that allows employers to pay a productivity based wage which matches a person’s assessed productivity rate. This system allows people with a disability to access a reliable process of productivity based wage assessment to determine fair pay for fair work.

Most Australians who have disability and participate in the open workforce do so at full rates of productivity and pay. However, some people are unable to get a job at full wage rates due to the effect of disability on their level of work productivity. Employers must have access to a Supported Wage System provision in their industrial award or agreement to enable the use of Supported Wage System productivity based wages.

The Australian Government contracts a panel of independent assessors to conduct workplace productivity assessments for employers who wish to employ people with disability under the Supported Wage System provisions.

The Supported Wage System operates within the normal federal and state industrial relations frameworks.

For more information about the Supported Wage System visit the JobAccess website (www.jobaccess.gov.au) or phone 1800 065 123.

Employment Assistance Fund

The Fund provides assistance to employers of people with a disability and mental health conditions by providing financial assistance to purchase a range of work related modifications and services. The assistance is open to people who are about to commence employment, or are currently working, as well as those who require assistance to find and prepare for work.

Assistance is available for a broad range of modifications including, but not limited to, physical and environmental workplace adjustments, computer software upgrades, vehicle modifications, communication technology devices and specific items of equipment an employee may require to do their job.

For more information, Contact Jobaccess provider on 1800-464-800

Restart Wage Subsidy

Restart is a Commonwealth Government funded program designed to assist employers who employ job seekers over 50 years of age who have been unemployed and on income support for more than six months.

An employer will currently receive up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) in assistance for a full time employee, over two years.

    • $3,000 after six months employment
  • $3,000 after 12 months employment
  • $2,000 after 18 months employment
  • $2,000 after 24 months employment
  • From 1 November 2015, employers will be able to receive the full $10,000 (GST inclusive) over just 12 months.
    • $6,500 paid over a 12 month period
  • Up to $3,500 bonus for employment which lasts 12 monthsMature age job seekers employed for at least 30 hours per week will attract the full subsidy rate. Job seekers employed for between 15 -29 hours per week will attract a pro-rata Restart subsidy.
  • Employers already making use of Restart will be able to transition to the new arrangements.

For more information, Contact Jobaccess provider on 1800-464-800

Source: http://www.business.gov.au/business-topics/employing-people/diversity-in-the-workplace/Pages/employing-people-with-disability.aspx