Get the right person for your business

There are Government initiatives to help you hire

Recruiting the right person for your business is important, but it can be time consuming and overwhelming. The Australian Government has initiatives that can help ease the pressure of finding staff for your business and it’s all at no cost to you.

You could also receive a wage subsidy if you hire an eligible mature-age or young person, an Indigenous person or someone who has been out of work for a while.

There are several programs you can access to help you find the right staff for your business:

Give a job seeker a go by trialling them before you hire

There are wage subsidiesavailable to help with the costs of a new employee

If you’re not sure about hiring someone without knowing they can do the job, you can trial a job seeker first. There may be financial support available for your business to assist with costs during their trial and, if you offer them a job at the end of the trial, you may be able to receive a wage subsidy. A wage subsidy can help meet the cost of taking on a new employee and it gets paid directly to your business.

You can trial a job seeker through a work experience placement for up to 4 weeks, or a young person can be trialled between 4 to 12 weeks.

There are two ways you can access help to trial a job seeker:

Hire an apprentice

An apprentice will be trained to meet your business needs

If you’re looking for workers who are keen to learn or who want to gain experience in your industry, taking on an apprentice or trainee could be a great way to gain a skilled employee who knows your business and how it runs.

Find an apprentice through Australian Apprenticeships

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. Investing in training through an Australian Apprenticeship can provide your business with real benefits and contribute to your bottom line. A range of financial incentives may be available to you when you employ an eligible Australian apprentice.

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

Find staff in rural areas or get help with seasonal work

There are financial incentives available for hiring new employees in a remote area

If your business is based in a remote area or you work in the horticultural industry, there are programs available to help you find staff who are keen to work in your area. There are seasonal work programs and initiatives that can help farmers and horticultural businesses find workers during peak seasons as well as programs that help business find job seekers looking for work in regional areas.

There are two ways you can get workers in remote areas:

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Get help with finding and hiring the right people - jobactive

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 can help you connect 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.

This includes helping you access a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 if you hire an eligible Indigenous job seeker, a mature-age person (over the age of 50) or young person (15 to 24 years of age). 

You could also receive a wage subsidy of up to $6500 if you hire an eligible young person (25 to 29 years of age), a parent, or someone who has been out of work for a while.

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

Trial and hire a young persont through Youth Jobs PaTH

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. Your business receives $1000 to help with the costs of the trial. The young job seeker also receives $200 a fortnight on top of their usual income support, and their insurance is covered also.  

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

To find out more, speak to a employment service provider or visit Youth Jobs PaTH.

Trial a job seeker through the National Work Experience Programme

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. It also offers job seekers the opportunity to show what they can do for your business. Unlike Youth Jobs PaTH, the National Work Experience Programme is available for job seekers 18 years or older. From 1 July 2018, the program will be open to job seekers 17 years or older.

You can trial a job seeker in an unpaid work experience placement of up to four weeks, for up to 25 hours a week.

There are some eligibility criteria for the people you hire, such as they must be connected to an employment services provider. Starting 1 July 2018, you could also receive $300 for hosting a placement.

Your local employment service provider can help connect you with the right person and work out if a work experience placement is right for your business.

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

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

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.

Transition to Work providers will work with you to ensure young people meet your employment needs and support them to settle into a job. Support can include hosting work experience or a trial placement before starting the 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.

Contact your local Transition to Work provider to access these services or lodge a vacancy.

Help to hire someone with disability through Disability Employment Services

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, which you can tap into to improve your workplace diversity and overcome labour shortages.

A Disability Employment Services provider can help you hire someone with disability. Your local provider can help you access financial assistance in the form of a wage subsidy or help with the costs of work-related modifications and services. They can also offer you help while your new employee settles in.

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

Find job seekers in remote areas through the Community Development Programme

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 Programme can help you access financial incentives for hiring new employees.

The Community Development Programme is a remote employment and community development service that can help you recruit job seekers in remote areas. The program is designed around the unique social and labour market conditions found in remote Australia.

Employer Incentive Funding, which is part of the Community Development Programme, is available to help your business manage the costs of employing remote job seekers. You could be eligible for a one-off incentive payment of $7,500 if you hire a job seeker full time for over 26 weeks.

You can also receive a payment of $3,750 if your job seeker achieves a part-time employment over 26 weeks.

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

Australian job seekers looking for seasonal work

Is this for my business?
  • My business is in the horticultural industry
  • I want help to find workers during peak seasons

If you are a grower in the horticultural industry who needs workers on a short-term basis during peak times, the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial can help meet your needs.

An employment services provider can work closely with you to ensure that they fill the needs of your business with the right people for the job.

 To find out more visit the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial or speak with your local employment service provider

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