Seasonal Work Incentives Trial

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The Seasonal Work Incentives Trial is aimed at increasing the number of eligible job seekers who undertake horticultural seasonal work. The incentives available under the Trial are:

  • A Provider Seasonal Work Incentive Payment of $100 per week for up to six weeks for providers who place eligible job seekers with eligible Employers.
  • A Seasonal Work Living Away and Travel Allowance of $300 each year for eligible job seekers where the job is more than 120km from their home.
  • A Seasonal Horticulture Work Income Exemption allowing eligible job seekers in receipt of Newstart and Youth Allowance (Other) to earn up to $5,000 each year from seasonal horticultural work without losing any of their income support payment.

The Trial runs for two years, from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019 and is capped at 3,800 places over each financial year of the Trial. In total, there are 7,600 places available under the Trial over the two year period. Places are available for job seekers participating in jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services.

The Department of Jobs and Small Business will manage the places across States/Territories according to the expected demand for labour. Use of places will be monitored closely and adjustments made during the Trial where required. From 1 July 2019, new participants are not eligible to be commenced in the Trial; however, job seekers already participating in the Trial can continue to do so. This guideline is for jobactive and Transition to Work providers.

Last modified on Monday 1 July 2019 [38301|162736]