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Funding and Incentives Available to Grow your NDIS Workforce

FUNDING AND INCENTIVES AVAILABLE TO GROW YOUR NDIS WORKFORCE

The roll out of the NDIS in Queensland will require significant growth in the number of workers across the sector and in the range of skills and abilities required to meet new demand, needs and expectations. In Queensland it is expected that between 15,900 and 19,400 additional full-time equivalent jobs will be created as a result of the NDIS roll out across the State.

A number of government programs and initiatives provide employment and training funding and incentives that can be accessed by organisations to help prepare and grow their NDIS workforce*. A list of key programs can be found below.

  • Certificate III Guarantee
    The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to allow eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school certificate III qualification. For more information please visit
    https://training.qld.gov.au/employers/funding/certificate3
  • Higher Level Skills
    The Higher Level Skills Program aims to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry. For more information please visit https://training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/highskills
  • User Choice
    The User Choice program provides funding for the delivery of accredited, entry level training to apprentices and trainees. For more information please visit https://training.qld.gov.au/employers/funding/apprenticeship/userchoice
  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work
    The Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative helps eligible Queenslanders to gain the skills, qualifications and experience needed to enter and stay in the workforce. The programs are targeted at different groups, including young people, mature-age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women re-entering the workforce, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. For more information please visit https://training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/sqw
  • Restart Wage Subsidy
    The Restart Wage Subsidy is a payment of up to $10,000 when you hire eligible mature age job seekers who are 50 years of age and over. For more information please visit https://www.employment.gov.au/restart-help-employ-mature-workers-0
  • Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy
    The Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy is a payment of up to $10,000 when you hire eligible job seekers who are 15 to 24 years of age. For more information please visit https://docs.employment.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/youth_bonus_wage_subsidies_factsheet.pdf
  • Youth Wage Subsidy
    The Youth Wage Subsidy is a payment of up to $6,500 when you hire eligible job seekers who are 25 to 29 years of age. For more information please visit
    https://jobsearch.gov.au/documents/wage-subsidies-employers.pdf
  • Parents Wage Subsidy
    Parents Wage Subsidy is a payment of up to $6,500 when you hire an eligible job seeker who is a principal carer parent. For more information please visit
    https://jobsearch.gov.au/documents/wage-subsidies-employers.pdf
  • Long-term Unemployed and Indigenous Australians Subsidy
    The Long-term Unemployed and Indigenous Australians Subsidy is a payment of up to $6,500 when you hire a long-term unemployed job seeker who has been registered with employment services for 12 months, or an Indigenous Australian job seeker who has been registered with employment services for six months. For more information please visit https://jobsearch.gov.au/documents/wage-subsidies-employers.pdf
  • Back to Work
    The Back to Work package provides financial support of up to $15,000 to businesses to take on job seekers in regional areas. For more information please visit
    https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au/
  • Youth Boost Initiative
    The Youth Boost initiative is a targeted $20,000 employer support payment offered to regional employers who hire eligible job seekers who are 15 to 24 years of age during the specified eligibility period between 1 December 2016 and 31 October 2017 (inclusive). For more information please visit https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au/youth-boost-payment/
  • Employment Assistance Fund (EAF)
    The Employment Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to eligible people with disability and mental health condition and employers to buy work related modifications and services. For more information please visit https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/employment-assistance-fund-eaf
  • jobactive Programme
    jobactive is a free Australian Government programme that connects employers with jobseekers. It is delivered by a network of jobactive providers in numerous locations across Australia. For more information and to find a local provider please visit https://jobactive.gov.au/
  • Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme
    The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides a range of incentives to assist eligible employers who take on an Australian Apprentice, including a trainee, as well as personal benefit payments to Australian Apprentices. Assistance with determining eligibility can be provided by an Apprenticeship Network provider (see below). For more information please visit
    https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/publications/summary-australian-government-australian-apprenticeships-incentives-programme
  • Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) AASN
    Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to deliver free Australian Apprenticeship support services, including providing information and assistance to employers and apprentices and administering incentive payments to employers and allowances to apprentices and trainees. For more information please visit
    https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/australian-apprenticeship-support-network
  • Youth Jobs PaTH Programme
    The Youth Jobs PaTH Programme is a new Australian Government initiative commencing on 1 April 2017. It will support young people between 17 to 24 years of age to gain skills and work experience to secure and retain a job. It has three elements – employability skills training, internships with businesses, and incentives to employers who hire an eligible young job seeker. For more information please visit https://employment.gov.au/youth-jobs-path

* Eligibility criteria may apply