Release type: Media Release


Restart programme providing benefits to the ACT


Senator the Hon Eric Abetz
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Tasmania

The Australian Government’s Restart programme has helped Canberra’s Rainbow Cottage Early Childhood Centre hire an older worker whose life time of experience is now benefiting some of Canberra’s youngest children.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja joined Ambassador for Mature Age Employment, Susan Ryan AO at the Centre to see how Restart is helping the small business, its young charges and an older worker.

Restart offers employers up to $10,000 in wage subsidies to help with recruitment and related costs when they hire an eligible job seeker aged 50 or over.

Senator Seselja said the Restart programme made it easier for businesses to hire older Australians.

“Through Restart, Rainbow Cottage has hired a mature worker whose years of experience are now benefiting the children here,” Senator Seselja said.

“It’s great to see Restart delivering for small businesses like Rainbow Cottage, delivering for older Australians looking for work and delivering for the young children at this centre.”

Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz said it was fantastic to have an Ambassador for Mature Age Employment to advocate for mature age workers who often face significant barriers when attempting to re-enter the workforce.

“As a former Federal Minister and as Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Ryan brings considerable experience to the role of Ambassador for Mature Age Employment. I thank her for taking on this important task,” Senator Abetz said.

Ms Ryan said older Australians have a great deal to offer Australian businesses in terms of experience, loyalty, and stability.

“Employers who take advantage of Restart provide older Australians with more than just a job. They also provide them the dignity and social benefits that come from contributing to workplaces and communities.

“I look forward to continuing my work with the Government and talking with business operators about accessing Restart so that many more older Australians can make contributions to local businesses,” Ms Ryan said.

Senator Abetz urged businesses to consider hiring older Australians and to contact their local jobactive provider to discuss accessing Restart.

To learn more about the Restart programme, contact a local jobactive provider or Disability Employment Services provider by calling 13 17 15 or visit