Restart is an Australian Government wage subsidy that encourages businesses to employ mature age job seekers who are 50 years of age and over and who have been on income support for more than six months.
Employers can receive a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) over six months if they employ eligible mature age job seekers. Payments are made over six months and employers can negotiate flexible payment options with employment service providers as frequently as necessary to meet business needs. Employers may be able to receive a kickstart payment of up to 40 per cent of the total wage subsidy after four weeks of the job starting.
Jobs that may be eligible for Restart include jobs that are ongoing for an average of at least 20 hours or more per week, averaged over the six months of the agreement and comply with minimum employment standards. Apprenticeships and traineeships may also be eligible for Restart.
- Watch Sheilah Cummins, CEO of Care Options, speak about the benefits of hiring Christina, a mature age employee, through the jobactive restart program. Sheilah highlights the wealth of experience and diverse background that Christina brings. She said “the skills that Christina brings, I don’t know if you can train—and those are the life skills.” Sheilah also highlights the enormous support that the jobactive provider supplied in the transition of Christina into the workplace.
- Watch what mature age worker Drew did to improve her employability. Drew, aged 54, is an energetic and friendly tour guide for Wavelength Reef Cruises. To improve her employability, Drew decided to upskill by learning to drive a bus.