ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan

2015 Budget — Employment initiatives


The 2015 Australian Government budget contains a number of measures to support businesses assisting mature-age and young people back to work and are programmes that allow businesses to create jobs in the dental industry.

Mature-Aged Wage Subsidy —

Changes to the Restart programme mean that employers can access subsidies for employing jobseekers aged 50 or over who have been unemployed and on income support for six months or more, sooner.

The changes means there will be greater flexibility to negotiate a schedule of Restart payments of up to $10,000, with the capacity for employers to access wage subsidy payments over twelve months, instead of the current twenty-four months. For example:

$2,000 by 3 months employment;
$2,000 by 6 months employment;
$1,000 by 9 months employment
$1,500 by 12 months employment; and
$3,500 restart bonus after 12 months employment.

The Restart scheme supports businesses that employ a person who has been unemployed for six months or more and has been in receipt of any of the following income support payments for six months or more: Newstart Allowance; Parenting Payment; Disability Support Pension; Bereavement Allowance; Widow Allowance; Carer Payment; Special Benefit; Partner Service Pensioners; War Widows; Age Pension; Mature Age Partner Allowance; Wife Pension; or the Widows B Pension. The new employee must not have any outstanding workers’ compensation claims against the employer; and can not be an immediate family member of the employer.

Employer wage subsidies extended to young people and parents returning to the workforce —

Wage subsidies of up to $6,500 over a twelve month period will be available for young job seekers under 30 years of age. In addition, a new wage subsidy of up to $6,500 over a twelve month period will be available for employers to take on Principal Carer Parents wanting to transition from welfare and return to the workforce.

Work experience for young job seekers —

An allocation of $18 million over four years will enable approximately 6,000 job seekers annually to undertake work experience of up to twenty-five hours per week for four weeks while continuing to receive income support. Employers who elect then to offer a young person paid employment will then be eligible to access wage subsidies of up to $6,500 over a twelve month period (as per above). This will commence from 1 October 2015.

This update was issued on 13 May 2015 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change tax compliance obligations. It is recommended that expert advice be sought before taking action based upon the information presented here.

Member Engagement —

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. With respect to the Association's work to ensure that the initiatives within the 2015 Australian Government budget support the dental industry, the team in the ADIA national office receive advice and guidance from members serving on the ADIA-BAC Business Affairs Committee.

Further Information —

To keep up to date with how ADIA is working to ensure that the Australian Government budget supports the dental industry, subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at or by telephone on 1300 943 094.

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