Wage Subsidy Scheme

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Employers who give jobs to people with disability may be able to get financial help from the Australian Government.

This help is available through the Wage Subsidy Scheme.

On 18 September 2013, responsibility for this programme was transferred to the Department of Social Services.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme offers a subsidy to employers who employ a job seeker with disability, who is registered with a Disability Employment Service Provider.

Certain requirements must be met by the employer for them to be eligible for the subsidy. This information is available on the JobAccess website.

The job must be for eight hours or more per week for at least 13 weeks and have an expectation of continuing for more than 13 weeks (or six weeks in a seasonal industry).

The job seeker must be employed under open employment conditions. That is, under a legal industrial agreement that complies with minimum standards established under Commonwealth, state or territory law. It must also guarantee the job seeker a weekly award-based wage, for example, no commission based or subcontracting type arrangements.

What funding is available?

The Government through the Wage Subsidy Scheme, may pay an employer up to $1,500 (excluding GST) as an incentive to employ a person with disability who is registered with a Disability Employment Services provider.

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