Flexi-wage subsidy - employer information

If you're interested in hiring someone, and they need support to gain the skills required for the job, we may be able to help with a wage contribution, in-work support and training.

Who can get it

You may be able to get Flexi-wage for someone you hire if:

  • they meet the ‘Who can get it’ criteria outlined in Flexi-wage job seeker information
  • the position is ongoing and will continue after the subsidy has finished or is for a fixed-term project that benefits the community or environment and will help the job seeker gain the skills to get into work once it's finished.
  • you pay at least the minimum wage for the job
  • you haven't dismissed anyone to make this position available.

You may be able to get Flexi-wage to support an employee at risk of redundancy who you are able to hire them in a different role within your business, while they gain the skills required to do that job.

What you can get

We'll discuss with you the level of support the candidate needs to gain the skills to do the job.

Depending on the level of support the candidate needs, the Flexi-wage subsidy may be paid for:

  • 24 weeks, at $276 a week, totalling $6,624 (GST inclusive), or
  • 36 weeks, at $276 a week, totalling $9,936 (GST inclusive).

We also have some discretion if the candidate has complex or specific needs. In addition, support is available for training and in work support for people who need it. Our staff will work this through with you. If you have a project that benefits the community or environment, you may also be able to get Flexi-wage (Project in the Community).

How to find out more

If you're already working with us for your recruitment needs, ask about Flexi-wage.

If you’re not currently working with us, complete this form and we’ll be in touch with you to discuss Flexi-wage.

We'll aim to contact you within 5 working days.

The Flexi-wage process

We can either help you find a suitable candidate or discuss the potential eligibility of someone you may already have in mind. We'll contact you to discuss the best way to help. We'll need to check that you and the candidate meet the criteria for Flexi-wage.

If you choose to employ an eligible person, we'll help put the Flexi-wage in place.

As part of this, we'll discuss:

  • subsidy amount
  • subsidy duration
  • payment structure.

We'll then draft up a contract outlining these details and email it to you.

To get Flexi-wage underway, you'll need to complete the contract and email it back to us along with proof of your bank account number.

What happens next

If you participate in the Flexi-wage programme, we'll:

  • contact you regularly to see how things are going
  • send you a claim form to complete every four weeks.

We'll make sure you know how to claim the Flexi-wage each month.