Wage Subsidies for Participants in the Online Employment Services Trial

Wage Subsidies are a discretionary financial incentive to encourage Employers to hire eligible participants in an ongoing job by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage Subsidies can help to build a business and give Employers greater flexibility in their hiring options.

The Online Employment Services Trial (OEST) will provide participants an opportunity to self-manage their job search for up to six months, before being transferred to an employment services provider (such as a jobactive Provider). A participant in the OEST is considered to be participating in the jobactive program.

While Employers are generally only eligible to receive Wage Subsidies in respect of participants who have been receiving services from an employment service provider for at least six months, some participants in the OEST will be eligible for wage subsides from the commencement of their participation in the OEST. Participant eligibility for the Wage Subsidy will be confirmed by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (the Department) on application by the Employer. 

The purpose of this advice is to provide information to Employers about:

  • how Employers can apply for Wage Subsidies if they are considering employing an OEST Participant; 
  • the eligibility requirements for Wage Subsidies
  • how Wage Subsidy Agreements for OEST Participants (referred to as ‘OEST Wage Subsidy Agreements’) will be managed.

The Department will manage OEST Wage Subsidy Agreements for eligible participants who remain in the Trial post gaining employment whose Employer applies for, and receives, a Wage Subsidy. Where a participant is referred from the Trial to an employment services provider prior to the OEST Wage Subsidy Agreement being finalised, the OEST Wage Subsidy Agreement will continue to be managed by the Department.

Last modified on Wednesday 13 November 2019 [45506|164983]