This audit would assess the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business’s effectiveness of managing wage subsidies across a number of employment programs.

Wage subsidies provide financial incentives to Australian businesses to hire eligible individuals in an ongoing job. The use of wage subsidies is increasing ($297 million in 2017–18), and are used in jobactive, Youth Jobs PaTH, Restart, and the Closing the Gap – Employment Services package. In total, 56,300 people were assisted into work in 2017–18 through wage subsidies.