Published on Jul 20, 2015

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A number of employment subsidies and incentives were announced or extended in the recent 2015 State and Federal Government budgets. Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer.

NSW State Government subsidies

In an effort to boost employment in the state, the NSW Government announced the Small Business Employment Incentive as well as an extension of the Jobs Action Plan Rebate Scheme.

The Small Business Employment Incentive is open to NSW businesses with an active ABN that are non-payroll tax paying with wages below the current threshold of $750,000. Under this measure, a grant of up to $2,000 is available for every new position created and will be paid on the new employee’s 12 month employment anniversary. The grant will run for three years commencing 1 July 2015 with a funding commitment from the Government of $27 million. Apply here

The Jobs Action Plan Rebate Scheme has been extended to 30 June 2019 and the rebate increased from $4,000 to $5,000. Eligible applicants must be registered as an employer and paying payroll tax under the Payroll Tax Act 2007. Employers are required to register the employment of a person in a position that is a new job and advise the number of full time equivalent employees immediately before the position was filled. The rebate is paid in two parts – $2,000 at the 12 month and $3,000 at the 24 month anniversaries on the newly created job. The Scheme applies to full and part-time new jobs, with part time jobs rebated pro-rata based on FTE hours of employment. Find out more details here


Federal Government subsidies

The Federal Government has a number of incentive programs in place aimed at increasing employment opportunities for key target populations: mature-aged workers, Indigenous Australians, and long-term unemployed. Grants of up to $10,000 over 24 months are on offer for employers who create job opportunities for eligible employees.

The following subsidies are available from 1 July 2015:

  • Up to $10,000 over 24 months for employment of a mature-aged job seeker aged 50 years and over (through the Restart program).
  • Up to $6,500 over 12 months for employment of a long-term unemployed job seeker who has completed 12 months in employment services.
  • Up to $6,500 for employment of an Indigenous job seeker who has completed six months in employment services.
  • From 1 November 2015, there will also be wage subsidies available to businesses for employment of an eligible job seeker who is a parent or aged under 30 years.


Find out more about Federal Government employment subsidies and grants here