JOB ACTIVE: the Federal Government helps employers to employ workers aged 50 and over through the Restart program.
JOB ACTIVE: the Federal Government helps employers to employ workers aged 50 and over through the Restart program. Bison Creative

Employers Restart helps employees kick start their work life

THE Restart wage subsidy is a Federal Government financial initiative which is designed to encourage employers to hire workers aged 50 and over.

Since the launch in 2014 of the program more than 11,900 job placements have been made.

Employers can receive up to $10,000, paid over six months, if they employ eligible job seekers.

Job seekers must be registered with a recognised employment service provider, such as Jobactive, Disability Employment Services or Community Development Programme providers.

See Susan Ryan's Support for businesses who hire mature age workers message.

Employers can offer full-time or part-time jobs to mature workers that are -

  • For an average of 20 hours per week over the six months of the agreement.
  • Ongoing.
  • Work that complies with employment standards for the position, for example, is suitable work and pays as a minimum the national award wage.
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships which are also eligible for Restart wage subsidies.
  • The job can't displace an existing employee, be a commission based, subcontracting or a self-employment position, or work for an immediate family member.

"As part of the Australian Government's $752 million Youth Jobs PaTH program announced in the 2016-17 budget, from 1 January 2017 all wage subsidies, including Restart, were simplified and improved to better meet the needs of employers and job seekers, reducing complexity and levels of red tape,” a department spokesperson said.

The Restart improvements include:

  • All wage subsidies paid to employers over six months instead of 12 months.
  • Jobactive and Disability Employment Services providers have discretion to make an optional kickstart payment of up to 40%of the total wage subsidy to the employer after four weeks.
  • Greater flexibility in the hours of work; the minimum number of hours worked is now an average of 20 hours per week over the six-month agreement.
  • Agreements can be signed up to 12 weeks, that is 84 calendar days, after the job starts, instead of 28 days.
  • Agreements may be able to include periods of participation in paid work trials.

See Jobactive retrained my mature age employee into a new field.

Details of a local Jobactive employment provider are available by calling 13 62 68 or going online to https://jobsearch.gov.au/for-jobseekers.


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