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What financial support is available?

Employment Assistance Fund

The Employment Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for work-related modifications, equipment and services to help individuals with disability get employment and perform their work as independently and productively as possible. The assistance is available to new and existing employees with disability.

For employers, the Employment Assistance Fund makes accommodating workers with disability in the workplace easier. It can help cover the costs of modifications to the physical work environment, modifications to work vehicles, adaptive technology, a wide range of information and communication devices, Auslan interpreting and other specialist services for employees with specific learning difficulties or mental health conditions.

The assistance is tailored to the individual needs of the person with disability, their job requirements and work environment. The Employment Assistance Fund is managed through the JobAccess service which may arrange a free workplace assessment to recommend necessary adjustments.

The Employment Assistance Fund can also provide financial assistance for disability, Deaf and mental health awareness training.

To find out more about how the Employment Assistance Fund can help you, or to make an application for funds, visit the JobAccess website or phone 1800 464 800.

Wage subsidies

Western Australian Payroll Tax Exemption Scheme

The Western Australian payroll tax exemption scheme provides financial incentives to businesses that employ people with disability.

The scheme provides payroll tax relief where an employer engages a person with disability. It applies to businesses that hire new employees with a disability on or after 1 July 2012 who are in receipt of a Commonwealth Disability Employment Service wage subsidy or who are eligible for Western Australian specialist disability services support.

The Department of Finance can provide further information on this scheme.

Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Wage Subsidy Scheme offers financial assistance of up to $1,500 to employers who employ eligible job seekers who are registered with a Disability Employment Services provider. The subsidy requires employers to employ the person for a minimum of eight hours a week for 13 weeks, with the intent of achieving sustainable employment.

Enhanced Wage Subsidy

The Enhanced Wage Subsidy provides up to $3,000 for employers who assist eligible job seekers who are registered with a Disability Employment Services provider. It is aimed at assisting people who have had difficulty obtaining employment, to get a job of at least 15 hours a week for 26 weeks.

Wage Connect

Wage Connect is a wage subsidy for employers who offer employment to job seekers with little or no recent work experience. Wage Connect is paid for the first 26 weeks a person is employed and may be paid for longer in some circumstances. Wage Connect is worth around $5,912 per placement, or around $227 per week (pre-GST).

The position must be expected to be ongoing and sustainable beyond the period of the subsidy. To access Wage Connect, employers need to enter into a Wage Connect Agreement with a Job Services Australia or Disability Employment Services provider.

For more information about Wage Subsidies visit the JobAccess website or phone 1800 464 800.

Disabled Australian Apprenticeship Wage Support

Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support is an Australian Government incentive payable to an employer who employs an Australian Apprentice who satisfies the disability eligibility criteria in an Australian Apprenticeship.

This wage support is also available to an employer who employs an Australian Apprentice who acquires a disability during their apprenticeship or traineeship.

For more information contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 13 38 73 or visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Supported Wage System

The Supported Wage System (SWS) is a workplace relations mechanism that allows employers to pay a productivity-based wage to eligible people whose work productivity is reduced as a result of disability.

Most Australians who have disability and participate in the open workforce do so at full rates of productivity and pay. However, some people are able to perform the job effectively but at a reduced productivity rates as a result of their disability. As a result of the SWS a person has the opportunity to work, however the employer is not financially disadvantaged by the lower productivity.

Employers must have access to an SWS provision in their industrial award or agreement to enable the use of SWS productivity-based wages.

The Australian Government contracts a panel of independent assessors to conduct workplace productivity assessments to determine a fair wage for people working under the SWS provisions.

The SWS operates within the normal federal and state industrial relations frameworks. An employment services provider can tell you more about the system and help you apply.

For more information about the SWS, visit the JobAccess website or phone 1800 065 123.