Financial incentives for business
Most Australians who have a disability and participate in the open workforce do so at full rates of productivity and pay. However, there are exceptions and for some employers, the following Government subsidies may assist them to embark on the journey of offering employment to a worker with a disability. Disability Employment Service providers will help you find the right candidate for you as well as apply for any subsidies and supports you may be entitled to.
Wage Subsidy Scheme
Available to employers of eligible job seekers registered with a Disability Employment Services (DES) provider. Employers should employ the person for a minimum of eight hours a week for 13 weeks, with the intent of achieving ongoing employment.
Enhanced Wage Subsidy
Available to employers of eligible job seekers registered with a Disability Employment Services provider. It is aimed at assisting people who have had difficulty obtaining employment to get a job of at least 15 hours a week for 26 weeks.
Wage Connect is a wage subsidy for employers who offer employment to job seekers with little or no recent work experience. Wage Connect is paid for the first 26 weeks a person is employed and may be paid for longer in some circumstances.
Disabled Australian Apprenticeship Wage Support
Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support is an Australian Government incentive payable to an employer who employs an Australian apprentice who satisfies the disability eligibility criteria and is also available to employers of an Australian Apprentice who acquires a disability during their apprenticeship or traineeship.
Supported Wage System
The Supported Wage System is a workplace relations mechanism that allows employers to pay a productivity-based wage to eligible people whose work productivity is reduced as a result of disability.
Disability Employment Service Providers
Disability Employment Service (DES) providers aim to assist job seekers with a disability to prepare for, find and keep work. The network is made up of over 220 organisations – large and small, non-profit and private sector across Australia – which are funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
A DES provider will take the time to get to know the employer and find out more about the business including the workforce skills, knowledge and capabilities required, as well as what opportunities may be available to build more diversity into the workplace. Building a good relationship at the initial stages will lead to more mutually beneficial relationships and sustainable employment for people with disability. DES provider services are provided free of charge to employers.
The peak body for Disability Employment Service Providers is and their search engine for finding your local DES providers is very functional and easy to use.
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