When you’re recruiting, it’s crucial to find the right person for the job – someone who has the necessary skills and experience, who will be a great contributor, perform well and approach their role with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

Sometimes, a financial incentive can help kick start this process by lowering the barriers to employing a new staff member, making it both more affordable and less risky.

Maxima is a long-established, not-for-profit organisation that is part of the Federal Government’s Disability Employment Services (DES) program.

We have the expertise and experience to assist you to access a range of Australian Government financial incentives – up to the value of $10,000 – when recruiting one of our excellent candidates.

Financial incentives available

There are a variety of Australian Government incentives on offer, each with different eligibility requirements, and each targeting different candidate cohorts such as youth, mature age and people with disability.

Generally, you will need to employ a person for a certain number of hours per week for a period of time, with the expectation that the employment will be ongoing.

At Maxima, we can advise and assist you to access a package of incentives to suit your requirements – so you don’t need to worry about navigating a complex government system*.

Some wage subsidy examples include:

  • Restart – to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over.
  • Wage Subsidy Schemes – available to qualifying businesses to give eligible jobseekers an opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for ongoing employment.
  • Apprentices and Traineeships – the Disabled Australian Apprenticeship Wage Support (DAAWS) provides a payment to employers of eligible Australian Apprentices with disability, as well as incentives towards wages.
  • Payroll Exemption Rebates – a number of State Government’s have payroll tax exemption schemes for employers that employ people with disability.

Maxima can deliver great candidates for your business, and make it simple and easy for you to receive available incentives.


*A recent survey of small to medium businesses found a key barrier for businesses in employing people with disability was the time and complexities involved in applying for funding for workplace modifications or wage subsidies (Council of Small Business Organisations Australia, making it easier for small businesses to employ people with a disability, 2019).

Nonna’s Cucina

Part of the Adelaide food landscape since 1999, Nonna’s Cucina provides exceptional quality hot and cold food, prepared in their state-of-the-art commercial kitchens, delivered directly to the homes of eligible aged customers in the Adelaide metropolitan area.

CEO, Kelley Russo has been with the organisation since 2008. She recently took on a Maxima Disability Employment Services (DES) candidate, Luca, for an Administration/ Receptionist position.

“Luca is just fantastic,” she said.

“He just ‘gets it’ and has a tremendous work ethic. In just three months he’s gone from a job trial to a short term casual, to a permanent part-time employee – he’s been amazing, and we adore him already!”

“The wage subsidy we were able to access through Maxima helped because we were able to bring Luca on sooner.”

“The wage subsidy, in this case, was $8,000, which covered the first few months of salary, up until the end of this financial year.”

“If we did not receive this subsidy, we would have had to wait until the new financial year to bring on the new role, which would have impacted our productivity.”

“DES employees have an unusual level of emotional maturity. They have faced challenges, so they are more stable, they appreciate the opportunities they are given, and they tend to embrace those opportunities with both hands. They don’t take things for granted and are very positive.”

“It’s great that we were able to get started with Luca this year and see immediate benefits from his excellent work.”

See what Maxima can offer you and your employees.

Contact your nearest Maxima DES Office or call us today on 1300 629 462.