Sometimes the only thing missing between two end pieces is one middle piece.
That’s why the Australian government has decided to act as the middleman between job seekers and small business employers.
Getting a job is difficult enough – imagine trying to get your hands on a gig when you’re not the classic candidate. Many Australians are in the same boat, and this boat is getting smaller by the day (and by the resume). This is where wage subsidy programs come in.
What are wage subsidy programs?
These programs are, most literally, payments made to employers to encourage them to hire job seekers who may otherwise be overlooked as candidates. The big-picture goal is to create more jobs in Australia and boost the economy overall.
These payments are intended to lessen the burden of wage and training costs and are paid to employers based on hours worked by qualifying employees.
Who qualifies as an eligible employer?
To become a participating employer, the business must:
- Be a legal entity
- Be registered, with an Australian Business Number
- Not be a part of an Australian, State or Territory government agency
- Not have previously received a wage subsidy payment of the same type for the same job seeker
Who qualifies as an eligible job seeker?
Since these programs are powered by employment services providers, those looking to be employed must be active with one of the following:
Typical contenders for employment are those over 50 years old or under 30 years old, parents, indigenous job seekers, disabled persons, or those who have been unemployed long-term. Those that fall into one of these categories and also qualify for the position at hand must be considered along with other qualifying applicants.
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