Restart - help to employ mature workers

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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.

Payments are made by employment services providers to businesses over six months. Employers can negotiate how often they receive the payments. Employers may also be able to receive a kickstart payment of up to 40 per cent of the total amount after four weeks of the job starting.

Further information on the eligibility requirements for Restart, and other financial incentives available, can be found on the wage subsidies page.

Restart advertising campaign

To encourage take up of the Restart wage subsidy and get more mature age Australians into work the Department of Jobs and Small Business (formerly Department of Employment) launched the Restart communications campaign in 2014. Campaign materials can be found on the Restart campaign page.

More information

If you have any questions or would like to apply for Restart contact an employment services provider.

If you are not registered with a provider you can find one through the provider search on the jobactive website or by calling the Employer Hotline on13 17 15.

Call charges apply for calls to ‘13’ numbers from mobile phones.


The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Restart - help to employ mature workers.

New Ambassador to support mature-aged job seekers

News | 25 June 2015

The Prime Minister and Minister Hartsuyker launch the Restart Programme

News | 15 July 2014

The Prime Minister and Minister Hartsuyker joined together in Sydney on Friday to officially launch the Restart programme.

New employment programmes available from 1 July

News | 1 July 2014

A number of new Australian Government employment initiatives start on 1 July 2014