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The federal opposition thinks the wage subsidy will not encourage employers to employ new staff, especially small business, due to the low amount and the complicated eligibility requirements.

Under the proposed rules, a business can receive up to $200 a week for every eligible additional employee between the ages of 16 to 29 years. And also receive up to $100 per week for every eligible additional employe between 30 and 35 years old.

The employee must work a minimum of 20 hours per week,  and be receiving JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, or Parenting Payment for a minimum of one month of the three months prior to the hire start date.

Employers cannot receive JobKeeper payments, and they must also meet all eligibility criteria:

    • be registered for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding,
    • have a valid  Australian business number (ABN),
    • be current with tax lodgements, and
    • reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP).

Concerns exist around the lack of support for workers over 35 yrs. However, the measures are generally welcomed in most sections of the small business community.


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