Youth Jobs PaTH Program

Youth Jobs PaTH Program

Need staff? Trial a young person before you hire!

A new Australian Government program aims to make it easier for businesses to find and recruit young people.

Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) allows businesses to trial an eligible young person aged 17–24 in a work experience placement (called a PaTH internship) for between 4 and 12 weeks to find out if they are right for the role.

The Government provides participating businesses with a payment of $1000 (GST inclusive) to help with the cost of hosting the internship and covers the young person’s insurance. An additional $6,500 or $10,000 could be paid if the business hires the intern in an ongoing position and additional incentives may be available if the intern is offered an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Businesses do not pay the intern during the placement; instead the intern receives an additional $200 per fortnight on top of their income support payment

How can I access the program?

A JobActive, Disability Employment Services or Transition to Work provider will work with a business to help find a suitable young person to trial in an internship. Talk to a local provider about hosting an intern. For more details, see the Department of Job and Small Business website, check out the links below or contact Belinda Clark, the Departments Employers Liaison Officer, directly for assistance on 0447 189 238 or

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