Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare – Trial – Hire)

22 Feb

Would up to $10,000 assist your business growth?
Youth wage subsidies could help!


If you are looking to grow your business and need more staff then you should consider Youth Jobs Path – a better way to hire staff!It gives you an opportunity to see firsthand how a potential new recruit is going to fit in your business, through a 4-12 week internship.And the best news is, if you hire the young person at the end of the trial, you may be eligible for a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive).
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Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Find a candidate

You can find a suitable candidate to trial by contacting ETC. We will talk to you about your business needs and the skills and experience you would like your candidate to have.

Step 2: Host the trial

You will receive a payment of $1000 to help with the costs of hosting the trial, and the young person is covered by insurance purchased by the Australian Government. Trial participants are not paid by your business. Instead they receive a fortnightly incentive paid by the Government, on top of their income support payment.

Step 3: Finalise the trial

Provide feedback to the young person and to ETC at the end of the trial.

If the trial candidate wasn’t the right fit for ongoing paid employment with your business, talk to ETC to ensure your requirements are clear before you host another trial.

Step 4: Hire

If you hire the young person, you may be eligible for a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive). Payments are available over a six month period and you can negotiate how often you receive these. You can receive up to 40% of the total wage subsidy after four weeks of a job starting.

What else do I need to know?

Your business is eligible for the wage subsidy if it:

  • Has an ABN
  • Has not previously received a youth bonus wage subsidy for the same job seeker
  • Is not an Australian, State or Territory Government agency

To find out more and to enquire about suitable candidates in your town visit or contact ETC on 1800 007 400.

Youth Jobs PaTH is an Australian Government initiative