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I’m looking for staff

If you need staff for your business there are a number of services, programs and incentives that can help you.

The network of jobactive providers across Australia can help you find the staff you need for your business.

Your local jobactive provider will work with you to understand and meet your staffing needs. They will refer potential employees for your business who are ready for a real work environment and provide support after your new employee starts work and as they settle into the job.

Your jobactive provider can also provide you with access to wage subsidies of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to help you increase your workforce and they can help you to access work experience and internship programs, enabling you to trial a candidate before you hire. 

Find your local jobactive provider and speak to them about your staffing needs. Your jobactive provider can give you a copy of their service delivery plan outlining the services you can expect. Plans can also be found on the services tab for each provider on the jobactive website.

You can also use the jobactive website to find staff online. You can create vacancies, search and contact job seekers, shortlist candidates and more. Alternatively, download the Employer jobactive App from iTunes or Google Play.

If you are in a remote area, contact your local Community Development Program provider for help to meet your workforce needs. You can find your local provider on the jobactive website.

If you are a horticultural grower, you can get help finding harvest workers from jobactive Harvest Labour Services. They screen workers and match them with growers.

You can find your local Harvest Labour Service and advertise your job vacancies on the Harvest Trail website or through the Employer jobactive App.

I need information on workplace relations

The national workplace relations system provides a safety net of minimum terms and conditions of employment and establishes a range of workplace rights and responsibilities. Information on workplace relations is available from a number of sources:

  • For free information and advice on workplace rights and responsibilities, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website or call 13 13 94.
  • Small businesses can access a prioritised information service by calling on 13 13 94. There are also dedicated resources for small businesses available.
  • Information is available on this website on an employers’ role in providing Parental Leave Pay.
  • If you have a query about a breach of workplace relations law in the building and construction industry, such as those concerning unlawful industrial action, right of entry or freedom of association (for example, the right to belong or not to belong to a union), Fair Work Building and Construction can discuss your options with you and offer advice.
  • If you are an employer in the building industry who tenders for Commonwealth-funded building work, you need to meet certain workplace relations standards. For more information see the Building Code page.

Employing people with disability

If you employ or would like to employ people with disability, there are a variety of services available to help you.

jobactive and Disability Employment Services (DES) offer a range of free services to help you recruit and retain people with disability, injury or health condition including:

  • professional recruitment advice and job matching
  • access to an internship program enabling you to trial a young person before you hire
  • help with job design for employees with disability
  • on-the-job or off-site support to ensure new employees with disability settle into their job
  • in DES, ongoing support for as long as it is required, to maintain an employment placement
  • disability employment information and awareness training
  • help for employees who need help to retain their job, due to their disability.

Disability Employment Services can also help you access a range of other financial support and incentives, such as workplace modifications, assistive technology, mental health first aid training and disability and deafness awareness training, Auslan interpreting, and wage subsidies including the Wage Subsidy Scheme and Restart.

You can also seek expert advice about the employment of people with disability from the JobAccess website. JobAccess provides free, confidential advice about employing people with disability, including information about the full range of free Australian Government services available.

Employing young people

Through a program called Youth Jobs PaTH, businesses can trial a young person in an internship, to see if they are the right fit for the business. 

Businesses will receive $1,000 to help with the costs of the internship. 

When you hire eligible job seekers under 30 years of age you may be eligible for a financial incentive of up to $6,500 or $10,000 (GST inclusive) from a Youth wage subsidy or Youth Bonus wage subsidy.

Generation Success is an industry led initiative aimed at drawing employers’ attention to youth unemployment in Australia, and providing practical tips and advice to support employers, young people as well as parents and educators.

Employing mature aged workers

The Restart wage subsidy is a financial incentive designed to help employers hire eligible mature age job seekers who are 50 years of age and over.

With the Australian population ageing it is important to recruit and retain experienced employees in the workforce to ensure their skills and knowledge are not lost. To assist your business to recruit and retain your most experienced employees there is an Investing in Experience Tool Kit and some best practices.

Employing Indigenous Australians

If you’re looking for Indigenous job-ready staff, a Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) will help find the right person for you.

Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEG) connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with real and sustainable jobs. There are three streams of funding:

  • Employment – support for job seekers to address barriers to recruitment and improve retention in the workplace, and support for employers to engage and retain job seekers into ongoing jobs, including post-placement support
  • School-based traineeships – support for secondary students to gain work experience and prepare for post-school transition into further study or employment
  • Cadetships – support for university students to receive paid work-placement opportunities during the course of their study.

Visit the National Indigenous Australians Agency website for more information on VTECs and TAEG.

Wage subsidies

As an employer, there are a number of financial incentives of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to help you increase your workforce. Wage subsidies are available to you if you hire eligible job seekers including young people, mature age, long-term unemployed, Indigenous, or parents.

These wage subsidies are available through an employment services provider – you can find them on the jobactive website.

I need information on paid parental leave

The Paid Parental Leave scheme provides eligible working parents with up to 18 weeks of government-funded Parental Leave Pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage. Under the scheme, the Australian Government funds employers to provide Parental Leave Pay to their eligible employees.

The Supporting Working Parents website and online resources contain comprehensive information for employers and employees on workplace rights and obligations in relation to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work. The resources act as a one-stop-shop with information on anti-discrimination, workplace relations and work health and safety laws.

I need information on flexible work arrangements

Flexible work arrangements allow employers and employees to make arrangements about individual working conditions. This helps employees maintain a healthy work life balance and can help employers improve the productivity of their business.

Flexible work arrangements can support small to medium businesses attract a diverse workforce and gain a competitive edge.

I am restructuring/downsizing my business

If you are restructuring your business that might result in staff being retrenched, the Government can help you through the retrenchment process, including how you can meet your obligations and provide your workers the support they need.

If redundancies will be made involving 15 or more staff, under the Fair Work Act, you need to notify the Australian Government.

If you would like more advice on best practice in supporting your workers and the benefits for your business, look at the Socially Responsible Restructuring guide on the What’s Next? website.

You can provide affected staff with the Redundancy Information Statement. The Statement outlines your staff rights, entitlements and support services available to them.

You may also be eligible to partner with the Australian Government through the Stronger Transitions program in five identified regions.

For further information, contact us at retrenchment@employment.gov.au.