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It is natural for you to be hesitant about employing a job seeker with disability but rest assured we will only present you with people who can or has the potential to do your job as well as any other person. We don't want to set up anyone for failure so we would not put someone in a job that was unrealistic! 

Companies not only benefit from employing people with disability by having workers who are motivated & able to do the job but they are also eligible to receive generous wage subsidized programs to assist with the initial costs when hiring any new employee. Most companies feel great knowing that they have helped someone disadvantaged & this is often how others perceive their business in their local community.  Employing a disabled worker is good business sense.

Wage Subsidies

Employers can receive generous wage subsidy to assist with the initial training of the disabled worker.

Standard Wage Subsidy –  $1650 GST inc

  • Employment must be for at least 13 weeks.
  • $115.38 per week (ex GST)
  • The employment must be a minimum of eight hours work per week.
  • The employer must make every effort for the position to continue after the subsidized period.

 Wage Start Subsidy - up to $6000 GST inc

  • Up to $6000 is available over 26 weeks.
  • eligible if the worker has been assessed as having a benchmark work capacity of 15+ hours per week and works at least 15 hours per week.
  • Eligible if the worker has been unemployed and receiving DES support for at least 12 months.

Restart Wage Subsidy – Up to $10,000 GST Inc (mature age 50+)

  • Eligible for 50+ year olds only who have been unemployed for at least 6 months on benefits.
  • Up to $10,000 is available.
  • Employment must be for a minimum 20 hours each week over 6-months.
  • Payment arrangements flexible to meet your business needs.
  • Employer must make every effort for the position to be ongoing past the 6-month period.


You could say a Traineeship is a mini-apprenticeship; that is, a combination of work & training which takes place over one to two years. During this time, the worker is paid a training wage. In some case training takes place "off-the-job" by a registered training provider, in some cases the learning is done "on-the-job" with the employer monitoring the progress of the employee. The employee has to attain particular competencies before completing the Traineeship. Traineeships are available both part time & full time. A subsidy is available to employers who employ a trainee (this varies depending on their length of unemployment or degree of disadvantage).

Youth Jobs Path

The Youth Jobs Path enables an employer to trial a young person (17-24) to find out if they are the right fit for their business.

  • Employer receives $1000 up front to cover the costs of the trial.
  • min 15- max 25 hours to be worked each week.
  • 4-12 week duration with no obligation to employ.
  • Youth is paid $200 each fortnight by the Government not the employer.

Workplace Modifications

If a person requires modifications to the workplace to enable them to perform the job, 100% funding for the modification may be available from the Commonwealth Government. Note: The vast majority of people with a disability require no modifications.

DVJS will apply for funding on your behalf.

Disability New Apprenticeship Wage Support (DNAWS)

DAWS is paid to an employer who takes on an apprentice with a disability (apprentices can be of any age depending on industrial awards).

  • Wage subsidy of $114.73 per week for up to four years may be available.
  • Up to $5,500 per year available for tutorial assistance.
  • Up to $5000 may be available for workplace modifications or special equipment.

Supported Wage System (SWS)

The SWS is designed to provide financial assistance to employers who hire people with a disability who are unable to maintain full productivity due to their disability. Employers are thereby legally able to pay sub-award productivity-based wages (between 10-90% of the award rate).

NB: The Special National Minimum Wage for SWS workers is $86.00 per week as of July 1, 2018.

Note: Special conditions apply which we would be able to assist with.