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jobactive is the Australian Government’s way to get more Australians into work. It connects job seekers with employers and is delivered by a network of jobactive providers in over 1700 locations across Australia. ...

Wage subsidies

Wage subsidies are a financial incentive to encourage employers to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage subsidies can help to build a business and give employers greater flexibility in their hiring options.

Restart - help to employ mature workers

Restart is a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over.


The Department of Jobs and Small Business delivers programs and services to support young Australians and help them to move from welfare to work.

Self-employment—New Business Assistance with NEIS

Individuals not in employment, education or training who are interested in running their own business may be eligible for New Business Assistance with NEIS.

Small Business

The Government’s Small Business Policy is now administered by Department of Jobs and Small Business, due to the Administrative Arrangements Order introduced on December 20, 2017. Previously Small Business Policy was administered by the Treasury.

Work for the Dole

Work for the Dole places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills and experience that give back to the community and can help them find a job.

Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds

The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) offer finance and support to eligible social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities.

Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP)

Changes to the Indigenous Opportunities Policy (IOP) On 1 July 2015 the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) replaced the Indigenous Opportunities Policy (IOP).

Connections for Quality

Connections for Quality displays information about employment services providers on the Australian JobSearch website, this includes how a provider can help job seekers and employers in their local area. ...


ParentsNext helps eligible parents to plan and prepare for employment by the time their children go to school. It now operates in all non-remote areas of Australia. 

Seasonal Work Incentives Trial

This page includes useful resources for employers and seasonal workers.

Jobs Fair

Jobs Fairs aim to give people the chance to explore employment opportunities in their local community.

Employment Services Purchasing Information

The Department of Jobs and Small Business (the department) undertakes a range of purchasing activities for employment services. Information about current activities is provided below.

Career Transition Assistance

Career Transition Assistance is a new initiative to help mature age job seekers build their confidence and become more competitive in their local labour market.

The future of employment services

The Employment Services Expert Advisory Panel’s report I Want to Work: Employment Services 2020 is now available. ...

National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Economic Participation

The National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Economic Participation expired on 30 June 2013. On 18 September 2013, responsibility for this programme was transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Community Development Program (CDP)

On 1 July 2015 the Community Development Program (CDP) commenced. The Government has reformed the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) to deliver better opportunities for remote job seekers and foster stronger economic and social outcomes in remote Australia.

Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment

From 1 July 2018, a collaborative partnership on mature age employment will be established to encourage employers to create more mature age friendly workplaces and reduce age discrimination.

National Disability Recruitment Coordinator

The National Disability Recruitment Coordinator service works with employers across Australia to develop job opportunities for job seekers with disability.

Empowering YOUth Initiatives

Empowering YOUth Initiatives support new, innovative approaches to help long-term unemployed young people aged 15 to 24 years  to improve their skills and move toward sustainable employment. June 2018 - Innovation in Youth Employment Services Forums Summary

Harvest Labour Services

Harvest Labour Services and the National Harvest Labour Information Service connect workers with employers in harvesting areas across Australia. Access to these services is not limited to people receiving income support payments.

Small Business Digital Champions

Australia’s small businesses can unlock the potential of technology to revolutionise their business and extend their reach.  When small businesses are digitally engaged, they are 50 per cent more likely to be growing revenue, eight times more likely to be creating jobs, seven times more...

Transition to Work

Transition to Work is an employment service to support young people aged 15-21 on their journey to employment. The service will provide intensive, pre-employment support to improve the work-readiness of young people and help them into work (including apprenticeships and traineeships) or education.

Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme

The Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme concluded on 30 June 2012.