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jobactive is the Australian Government’s way to get more Australians into work. It connects job seekers with employers and is delivered by a network of jobactive providers in over 1700 locations across Australia. ...

Wage subsidies

Financial incentives are available to encourage businesses to hire and retain new employees.

Restart - help to employ mature workers

Restart is a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over.

Work for the Dole

Work for the Dole places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills and experience that give back to the community and can help them find a job.


The Department of Employment delivers programs and services to support young Australians and help them to move from welfare to work.

Self-employment—New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

Job seekers who are interested in running a new small business may be eligible to participate in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), delivered as part of jobactive.

Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP)

Changes to the Indigenous Opportunities Policy (IOP) On 1 July 2015 the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) replaced the Indigenous Opportunities Policy (IOP).


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and apprentices may be able to get financial help from the Australian Government. This help is available from Centrelink through the ABSTUDY program. ...

Connections for Quality

Connections for Quality displays information about employment services providers on the Australian JobSearch website, this includes how a provider can help job seekers and employers in their local area. ...

APEC Workshop: Improving Quality Employment Opportunities for Women

The Australian Government, with the endorsement of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group and with collaboration from the International Labour Organization, is hosting a two-day workshop to discuss strategies aimed at improving quality employment opportunities for women. This...

Community Development Programme (CDP)

On 1 July 2015 the Community Development Programme (CDP) commenced. The Government has reformed the Remote Jobs and Communities Programme (RJCP) to deliver better opportunities for remote job-seekers and foster stronger economic and social outcomes in remote Australia.

Disability Employment Services

Disability Employment Services (DES) helps people with disability find work and keep a job. On 18 September 2013, responsibility for this programme was transferred to the Department of Social Services.

Employment Assistance Fund

Employers may be able to get financial help from the Australian Government for equipment, modifications and services to support their employees with disability through the Employment Assistance Fund.

Employment Research and Statistics

The Australian Government undertakes research and analysis of employment trends across Australia to support government policy development. Employment related research in the areas of skill shortages, recruitment experiences, labour and skills needs and industry and employment trends is available.

Employment Services Assessments

Job seekers with disability, injury, illness or other disadvantage may receive an assessment through the Australian Government to help find the most appropriate employment service assistance for them. These are called Employment Services Assessments.

Employment Services Procurement Information

The Department of Employment undertakes a range of procurement activities and manages grants processes for employment services. Information about current activities is provided below. Procurement exercise information will be available from 9:00 am on the day of release.

Family Centred Employment Project

The Family Centred Employment Project was a three-year demonstration project that explored new approaches to address multiple and entrenched barriers to employment experienced by jobless families. The project ran from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2013, in three locations:

G20 Employment

The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision-making. Employment is a central part of the G20 agenda in 2014, alongside discussions on strengthening the global economy. The Taskforce on Employment and the Labour and...

General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS)

The Australian Government provides assistance to people owed certain outstanding employee entitlements following the liquidation or bankruptcy of employers, this help is available through the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG).

Generation Success - youth employment initiative

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

Harvest Labour Services

Harvest Labour Services and the National Harvest Labour Information Service connect workers with growers in the horticultural industry across Australia at harvest time. Access to these services is not limited to people receiving income support payments.

International Engagement

The Department of Employment engages with relevant international forums such as the OECD, ILO, G20 and APEC to promote Australia’s national interests and help develop evidence-based domestic policies that support the creation of a strong and diversified Australian economy. 

Job Seeker Classification Instrument

The Job Seeker Classification Instrument is used to measure a job seeker’s relative difficulty in gaining and maintaining employment and helps identify what level of support the job seeker will need to help them find work. Job seekers must have an assessment when they first register for...

Learn Earn Legend!

Learn Earn Legend! is an Australian Government initiative, which supports young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to stay at school and get a job and be a legend for themselves, their family and community. ...

Migrant Communities Employment Fund

As announced in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012-2013 Economic Statement of 17 December 2013, the Coalition Government has decided not to proceed with the Migrant Communities Employment Fund. The savings from this measure ($6.6 million over two years) will be redirected by the...