Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the reforms to the wage subsidy offered under the Government’s Restart initiative is yielding great benefits for both job seekers and employers.
Announced as part of the 2015 Budget, the Government has made it easier for employers to take advantage of Restart by ensuring employers can receive the up to $10,000 subsidy over 12 months, down from 24 months.
“The Government understands that there are mature-aged Australians with an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to offer employers,” Minister Cash said.
“The reforms that came into force yesterday will incentivise businesses to employ this very experienced, yet often overlooked workforce.”
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.
Colin Johns, owner of local electrical engineering firm Transformer Services is urging more local employers to give mature aged workers a go.
In 2014 Transformer Services hired a mature aged Australian with an eye on receiving a $10,000 wage subsidy through the Australian Government’s Restart programme. According to Mr Johns, it’s been a win for the business and the employee.
“It’s been great for our business. The gentleman we hired really hit the ground running. He knows how to solve problems, coach other employees and look after our customers,” Mr Johns said.
“And I am personally very pleased to have been able to give a mature aged worker a chance to stay in the workforce and earn an income.”
Mr Johns said the Restart programme was very easy to be part of and that the money helped train the employee in new technologies.
“Our Restart employee is now doing highly skilled work on the NBN. With the help of Restart we’ve got one of our mature aged employees working at the cutting edge of technology.”
“It’s helped our employee get a job and learn new skills and it’s ensured we have a really reliable, capable and keen employee.”
“I’d recommend every business owner consider what mature aged workers can bring to their business and to check out Restart.”
“I will definitely use Restart again to hire a mature aged worker if the opportunity arises.”
Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Ambassador for Mature Age Employment, Susan Ryan AO today met with Transformer Services and said mature aged Australians have a great deal to offer Australian businesses in terms of experience, loyalty, and stability.
“As Transformer Services shows us, businesses which access Restart stand to gain a great employee with the life skills employers are looking for,” Ms Ryan said.
“On top of that they provide mature aged Australians with more than just a job. They also help provide them the dignity and social benefits that come from contributing to workplaces and communities.”
Minister Cash urged employers to consider taking on mature aged workers and to find out how Restart can help.
“Employers who take advantage of Restart to provide mature aged Australians with work not only get a keen worker and a wage subsidy, they also benefit from the lifetime of skills and experience that those workers bring to their business.
“I join with Mr Johns in urging more businesses to consider hiring mature aged Australians and to contact their local jobactive provider about accessing Restart,” Minister Cash said.
Transformer Services worked with jobactive provider Workskil Port Adelaide to access the Restart programme.
To learn more about the Restart wage subsidy, contact a local jobactive organisation or Disability Employment Services provider by calling 13 17 15 or visit www.employment.gov.au/Restart