Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

I want to hire staff

There’s a range of Australian Government initiatives and incentives to help you hire staff, at no cost to you. If you hire a job seeker through one of the Australian Government initiatives, your business may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 of financial assistance paid directly to your business, to help you with the costs of hiring and on-boarding your new employee.

Get help with finding and hiring the right people — jobactive

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Is this for my business?

  • I need staff for my business
  • I’m interested in financial incentives to hire staff

jobactive is the Australian Government’s recruitment service that helps connect employers with job seekers. There are jobactive providers in 1700 locations across Australia that can provide a tailored recruitment service for your business at no cost to you.

Your local jobactive provider will:

  • do the screening and shortlisting for you
  • refer candidates to your business
  • provide support after your new employee starts work and as they settle into a job
  • help you access wage subsidies if you hire an eligible job seeker.

To find out more, speak to your local employment service provider.

Trial and hire a young person through Youth Jobs PaTH

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Is this for my business?

  • I would like to trial and/or hire a young person
  • I’m interested in financial incentives

Through Youth Jobs PaTH, you can trial a young person aged 17 to 24 in your business for 4-12 weeks, for up to 25 hours a week, where there is a reasonable prospect of employment following the trial.

To help with the costs of the trial your business will receive $1,000, and the job seeker’s insurance is covered. The job seeker will receive an additional $200 payment each fortnight on top of their usual income support.

If the trial works out for both of you and you then decide to hire the young person, you may be eligible to receive a wage subsidy up to $10,000.

Youth Jobs PaTH

To find out more, speak to your local employment services provider

Trial a job seeker through the National Work Experience Programme

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Is this for my business?

  • I want to give someone a go before hiring them
  • I’m interested in financial incentives

The National Work Experience Programme allows you to give someone a go in your business before you hire them.

Unlike Youth Jobs PaTH, the National Work Experience Programme is available for employers to trial job seekers 18 years or older in an unpaid work experience placement for up to 25 hours a week for up to four weeks. Your business can also receive $300 for hosting a placement.

National Work Experience Programme

To find out more, speak with your local employment services provider.

Get help finding and hiring a young person through Transition to Work

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Is this for my business?

  • I would like to trial and hire a young person

You can access Transition to Work services to find and hire a young person, aged 15 to 21 who is suited to a job in your organisation.

A Transition to Work provider will work with you to ensure the young person meets your employment needs and they will continue to support your business and the job seeker as they settle into their new job.

If the placement is a good fit and you decide to hire the young person, you may be eligible to receive a wage subsidy up to $10,000.

Transition to Work

To find out more speak to your local Transition to Work provider.

Help to hire someone with disability through Disability Employment Services

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Is this for my business?

  • I want information on hiring a person with disability
  • I’m interested in financial assistance

One in five Australians lives with disability. This represents a vast pool of talent for employers that you can tap into to improve your workplace diversity and overcome labour shortages.

A Disability Employment Services provider can help you hire someone with a disability. They will also provide you with support to:

  • Access financial assistance in the form of a wage subsidy to help with the costs of work-related modifications and services.
  • Provide you with post-placement support while your new employee settles in.

You can also get in touch with a National Disability Recruitment Coordinator who will be able to work with you to implement disability employment practices and provide disability awareness training for your staff.

To find out more, get in touch with a local Disability Employment Services provider.

For free, confidential advice about employing people with disability, including information about the full range of free Australian Government services available, visit JobAccess

Find an apprentice through Australian Apprenticeships

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Is this for my business?

  • I want to hire an apprentice for my business
  • I’m interested in financial assistance

Employing an Australian apprentice is a smart investment in the future of your business. Hiring an apprentice allows your business to train a new employee to meet your business needs.

A range of financial incentives may be available to you when you employ an eligible Australian apprentice.

Australian Apprenticeships

For more information and advice on Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73.

Find job seekers in remote areas through the Community Development Program

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Is this for my business?

  • My business is in a remote location
  • I’m interested in financial incentives

If your business is based in a remote area, the Community Development Program can help you find and recruit staff. The program is designed around the unique social and labour market conditions found in remote Australia.

To help your business manage the costs of employing remote job seekers, your business may be eligible for a one-off incentive payment of $7,500 if you hire a job seeker full time for more than 26 weeks. You can also receive a payment of $3,750 if your job seeker achieves part-time employment for more than 26 weeks.

To find out more, speak to a Community Development Program provider.

Find staff in rural areas or get help with seasonal work

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Is this for my business?

  • My business is in the horticultural industry
  • I want help to find workers during peak seasons

If you are in the horticultural industry and need workers on a short-term basis during peak times, Harvest Labour Services can help in 11 harvest areas across Australia. Help is also available nationally through the National Harvest Labour Information Service.

To find out more, contact your nearest Harvest Labour Services Provider or call the National Harvest Labour Information Service on 1800 062 332.

Co-design your own pre-employment program to train job seekers for specific roles within your organisation

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Is this for my business?

  • I would like to train job seekers for specific roles within the organisation

Launch into Work is a pilot program for pre-employment projects across a range of industries.

The program works with employers to identify recruitment challenges and opportunities, and address these through co-designed pre-employment projects tailored to industry and employer needs. The program encourages different approaches that better match job seekers and employers.

Projects are co-designed with employers, jobactive providers, registered training organisations and other stakeholders to ensure both employer and job seeker needs are met.

Launch into Work

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