Employment Incentives & Wage Subsidies

Queensland and Australian Government incentives and wage subsidies to help boost employment in priority areas and improve opportunities for people with a disadvantage in employment.

General Incentives and Wage Subsidies

Wage Subsides – JobActive 

Financial incentives of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) are available to help your business hire and keep new employees. MORE INFORMATION

Skilling Queenslanders for Work – for employers

Incentives are available for employers who recruit Queensland job seekers as part of the Queensland Government’s Back to Work and Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiatives. MORE INFORMATION

Higher Level Skills Program 

The Higher Level Skills program helps individuals to gain the higher-level skills and qualifications required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry. It may also help individuals transition to university study in areas aligned to priority occupations for industry and the economy. MORE INFORMATION

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy towards the training cost for eligible individuals undertaking their first post-school certificate III qualification. MORE INFORMATION

JobTrainer Fund

The JobTrainer Fund supports job seekers, school leavers and young people to access the skills and training they need to find work, re-enter the labour market or explore new work opportunities available as Queenslands economy recovers. MORE INFORMATION

JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme – ATO

The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme is an incentive for businesses to employ additional young job seekers aged 16 to 35 years. Eligible employers can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021. MORE INFORMATION

Employer Support Payment Scheme – Defence Reserves Support

The Employer Support Payment Scheme (ESPS) provides financial assistance to employers of reservists and self-employed reservists when the reservist is absent from their civilian workplace on eligible periods of Defence service. MORE INFORMATION


Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program contains a range of employer incentives and personal benefits. MORE INFORMATION

Apprentice and Trainee Rebate for Payroll Tax – Queensland Government

The apprentice and trainee rebate for payroll tax provides Queensland employers with a payroll tax rebate on wages paid to eligible apprentices and trainees. MORE INFORMATION

Employer incentives and subsidies for apprenticeships and traineeships

When you employ an apprentice or trainee in Queensland, you may be eligible for financial support to reduce the cost of training and supervision throughout the apprenticeship or traineeship. MORE INFORMATION

Free apprenticeships for under 25s – for training providers

Free apprenticeships for under 25s offers fully subsidised training for 139 priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications in areas such as electrical, plumbing and engineering as well as early childhood, aged and disability care. MORE INFORMATION

Free apprenticeships for under 25s

The Queensland Government will cover the cost of your training with a training provider when you choose a high priority apprenticeship or traineeship. MORE INFORMATION

People with a Disability

Employment Assistance Fund 

The Employment Assistant Fund provides workers with a disability with funding for workplace modifications, equipment or services they need to perform their job. MORE INFORMATION

Support Wage System – JobAccess Driving Disability Support

The Supported Wage System provides free productivity assessments for employers of people with a disability so they can pay wages to employees based on their productivity. MORE INFORMATION

Wage Subsidy Scheme 

The Wage Subsidy Scheme provides funding for employers who hire job seekers registered with a Disability Employment Service provider to help people with disability gain skills and experience through employment. MORE INFORMATION

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