Financial support

Discover the many rewarding opportunities that come from hiring a person with disability.

Hiring a person with disability doesn’t just support diversity in your workplace. It goes so much deeper than that – giving you the opportunity to change someone’s life, improve workplace culture, engage with your local community, and so much more.

On top of this, there are also financial support services you can access to make the decision even more rewarding. To qualify, your business must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Have not previously received a wage subsidy for the same job.
  • Have not recently retrenched or reduced the number of workers, or be proposing to do so.
  • Must not act in any way that brings the wage subsidy or Commonwealth Government into disrepute.
  • Must not be receiving any other government wage subsidy for the same worker or position.

Our current subsidies are outlined in detail below. If you need more information, please contact our team.


Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Wage Subsidy Scheme is a financial incentive available to qualifying businesses to give eligible job seekers an opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for ongoing employment. The Wage Subsidy Scheme is not intended for current employees, and must be for a minimum of eight hours per week for a duration of more than three months.

Wage Start

Wage Start is a financial incentive designed to encourage employers to hire job seekers who are long-term unemployed or who have been offered ongoing employment after completing a Youth PaTH internship. This job must be for at least 15 hours or more per week, over 26 weeks.

Restart Wage Subsidy

A Restart Wage subsidy is a financial incentive available to qualifying businesses that employ eligible job seekers who are 50 years of age or older. This job can be full-time, part-time or casual and needs to be ongoing and a minimum of 20 hours per week, averaged over the six months of the agreement. Apprenticeships and traineeships are also eligible for Restart wage subsidies.

PaTH Internships

PaTH Internships are a voluntary Work Trial, for young job seekers aged 17 to 24, with a host business that has a reasonable prospect of employment following the trial. The Internships also allow employers to trial job seekers to see if they are the right fit, with the option to offer an employment placement.

PaTH Internships are voluntary and run from 30 to 50 hours per fortnight over 4 to 12 weeks. They are unpaid, but interns may continue to receive their normal income support payment and are eligible for an additional fortnightly incentive payment.

To be eligible for a PaTH Internship you must:

  • Be aged between 17 – 24 years
  • Be on income support and have mutual obligation requirements
  • Be registered in jobactive, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services
  • Have been continuously serviced in employment services for at least six months.

Although employers do not employ or pay wages to interns, they are eligible to receive a payment of $1,000 from Edge Employment Solutions. For more information about subsidies or PaTH, please click here.

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