How you benefit when you hire someone with disability

Wage subsidies, the supported wage system and access to the Employment Assistance Fund! Take a look...

March 10 2017


Did you know what assistance and incentives you can access when you employ a person with a disability?

The ABS reports that around one in five Australians live with disability. People with disability bring skills, qualifications and experience to the workplace, and can be a huge talent pool to tap in to. 

Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce brings benefits like lower absenteeism, higher staff retention, enhanced staff morale and teamwork, and increased staff and customer awareness.

Did you know: over 90% of employers that have hired a person with a disability have had a positive experience! 


When you employ a person from a Disability Employment Service, there is assistance and incentives available for you to access provided by the Australian Federal Government. 

  • Wage subsidies
  • Job Access (Workplace Adjustments and Modifications)
  • Supported Wage System
     

Wage subsidies

There’s two wage subsidies you can access when you hire a DES job seeker:

$1,500 DES wage subsidy

This is for any candidate registered as a DES job seeker. Conditions are:

  • job must be for 8+ hours a week for 13+ weeks
  • job must have expectation of continuing past 13 weeks
  • can’t be commission based or subcontract position

$10,000 Restart wage subsidy

This is for any candidate that’s 50+ at the time of employment. Conditions are:

  • job must be an average of 20 hours/week over six months
  • job can’t displace an existing employee
  • can’t be commission based or subcontract position
  • candidate must be registered with MAX for 6+ months

More eligibility criteria may apply, please discuss with your local MAX office to see if you meet the requirements.

Job Access

Job Access for employers is all about supporting employers when they hire people with disability.

Available Support provides information to help you with:
  • financial support for your employees with disability
  • tools and resources
  • developing strategies and plans
  • connecting with the disability employment sector
  • creating a flexible work environment
  • recruiting and retaining people with disability.
Job Access can help assess eligibility for funding for things like:
  • physical workplace modifications
  • work vehicle modifications
  • special equipment for the workplace
  • information and communication devices
  • Auslan interpreting
  • services for learning difficulties and mental health conditions
  • disability awareness training
  • mental health first aid training.

You can find out more information, or lodge an application here: https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/ or call 1800 464 800.


 

Supported Wage System (SWS)

The Supported Wage System is a process that allows employers to pay a productivity-based wage for people with disability that matches an independently assessed productivity rate.

Most Australians with disability participate in the open workforce at full rates of pay. However, some people are unable to find or keep a job at full wage rates due to the effect of disability on their workplace productivity.

To support workers and employers, the Australian Government has in place a system whereby independent assessors are available to conduct workplace productivity assessments for employers who wish to employ people with disability under the Supported Wage System provisions.

You can find out more info, or lodge an application here: https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/ or call 1800 464 800 
 

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