Support for employing older workers

The websites below contain information to help you find, employ and train older workers.

Tasmanian Employer Bonus Fund

The Tasmanian Employer Bonus Fund provides eligible employers with funding of up to $6,500 over six months to meet various costs associated with taking on new, eligible employees, including people aged over 45 years returning to work after six months or more out of the workforce.



Restart is a financial incentive of up to $10,000 inclusive to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over. Payments are made by employment services providers to businesses over six months. Employers can negotiate how often they receive the payments.


Skills Checkpoint

Your mature-aged workers bring enormous experience and value to your organisation. However, sometimes staff skills don’t match future business requirements. Working with you, this free service can identify how additional skills can assist eligible participants to continue to add value or to transition into new roles in your organisation.


Support for employing mature aged apprentices and trainees

To reduce the impact of coronavirus on the employment of apprentices, the Australian Government is paying small and medium businesses (businesses with fewer than 200 employees) 50 per cent of the wages of apprentices and trainees employed as at 1 July 2020 up to $7,000 per quarter.

The Mature Aged Workers Commencement Incentive is available to employers who start a new or existing Australian Apprentice who is a disadvantaged person aged 45 years or more in a Certificate II or higher level qualification.


Other wage support

Workers who aged over 45 might be part of another category that attracts wage subsidies. These subsidies are available for businesses that hire eligible new employees who:

  • are Indigenous
  • are a parent
  • have a disability
  • have been unemployed for 12 months or more.

Funding for training and workforce development

This Skills Tasmania web page covers Tasmanian Government, Australian Government and industry programs targeted directly at employers and industry to support training and workforce development. It also summarises programs available to support businesses employing apprentices and trainees. These range from incentives paid by the Australian Government through Apprenticeship Network Providers and State Government grants paid to employers employing new workers in targeted industries.


Rapid Response Skills Matching Service

In the current environment, the Tasmanian Government is acutely aware of the need for businesses to keep operating as effectively as possible. If your business needs additional staff, or has a vacancy that needs filling, the Rapid Response Skills Matching Service may be able to assist. The Tasmanian Government has established the Skills Matching Service to help Tasmanians who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency connect with employers needing staff. This service assists job seekers of all ages. Searson Buck is administering the Skills Matching Service.


jobactive – help for employers to find staff

jobactive connects job seekers with employers and is delivered by a network of jobactive providers in over 1700 locations across Australia. As an employer, you can use a local jobactive provider for tailored recruitment services, at no cost to you. Your jobactive provider will talk with you, in person or over the phone, about your specific business needs. They will outline the services they provide, including:

  • screened and job ready candidates
  • pre-employment training and work-related equipment, if needed, for the jobs in your business
  • support while new employees settle in
  • access to wage subsidies when you recruit and retain an eligible job seeker.

How to use the jobactive website

Check out the detailed employer user guide in the section for employers halfway down the page.


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