Supporting jobs and the economy

Small Business JobMaker Booster

The Small Business JobMaker Booster is a $7.8 million initiative to help Territory businesses with specific hiring needs for new workers with two schemes.

Scheme 1 for employers

The Northern Territory (NT) Government will provide funding to boost the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme. This funding would be used to provide eligible Territory small business with $100 per week for eligible employees between 30-35 years of age and $200 a week for employees over 35 years of age. That means all eligible employees will receive $200 a week.

  • Employers can register for the scheme from 15 December 2020 for the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme and provide their payroll and FTE (full-time equivalent) as a baseline.
  • In-line with the commencement of the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme, eligible Territory business can register interest from 12 March 2021, and make applications on a quarterly basis, noting payroll evidence may be requested at that time.
  • Payments will be made to eligible employers retrospectively on a quarterly basis.
  • All payments are taxable.
  • Payments will be made on a pro-rata basis.
  • An eligible employee must be able to show that they were eligible for an Australian Government employment program, such as Jobseeker, Community Development Program (CDP) or Jobactive, to be eligible prior to 15 December 2020 (noting they cannot claim these entitlements while they receive the NT Government’s JobMaker Booster).
  • An employee must demonstrate they are a Territory resident and provide evidence of a Territory address.
  • The payment is in addition to all existing programs and aims to get unemployed Territorians into work.
  • Eligible employers need to demonstrate that a new employee was previously unemployed and on Jobseeker, CDP or Jobactive.
  • This program is about maximising job creation, contributing to the Territory's economic recovery and encouraging vacancies to be filled by people moving from Jobseeker, CDP or Jobactive to employment.
  • To ensure the integrity of the program, random audits will be conducted.

Who can apply

  • Open to all Territory small businesses defined as an actively trading business with an annual turnover of less than $10 million.
  • An eligible employee is someone who has been approved to participate in the JobMaker program or who was unemployed for at least one month during the three months prior to accepting the new job.
  • A payment of $100 or $200 per week for up to 12 months will be made to eligible employers for each eligible employee.
  • The eligible employer must demonstrate that the eligible has come off Jobseeker, CDP or Jobactive, to employment.
  • Employers must make additional hires without displacing or cutting hours of existing employees.
  • Eligible jobs are those created in the 12 months following the program commencement date.
  • Eligibility for the NT Government’s JobMaker Booster aligns with the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme. This means that businesses not eligible for the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme will not be eligible for the NT Government’s JobMaker Booster.

How to apply

The Territory’s scheme boosts the Commonwealth JobMaker Hiring Credit so that eligible employees of all ages can attract the full $200 per week.

Step 1. Employers need to first register with the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme.

Step 2. For the NT JobMaker Booster scheme, registration and claims will be in two stages:

  1. registration are now open
  2. the first claims can be made on 1 April 2021 for the period 7 October 2020 to 6 January 2021.

Scheme 2 for peak industry bodies

Worker Attraction Campaign Grant

The program helps small businesses to address Territory-specific hiring needs and build a diversified and skilled workforce.

The fund will be available to NT based peak industry bodies to deliver interstate marketing campaigns that target workers to come to the Territory to fill needed jobs or skills that are listed on the NT’s Skills and Occupations Priority List (NTSOPL). For more information on NTSOPL, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Peak industry bodies will be able to apply for funding up to $100,000 on a 50:50 co-contribution basis, to be assessed on a competitive basis.

Read the full terms and conditions.

Who can apply

  • Must be an established peak body in the Territory.
  • Must have been actively operating in the NT for at least 12 months prior to application.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.


15 January 2021 Applications open for peak bodies to apply for scheme 2
31 March 2021 Applications close for scheme 2
1 April 2021 Employers can commence claiming for scheme 1, consistent with the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit Scheme

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

From 25 December 2021, vaccination requirements will apply to all:

  • NT Government contractors
  • grant recipients.

To find out more, read the conditions of contract for COVID-19 mandatory requirements.

For all Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade grants, an extra declaration will be added to the terms and conditions.

Applicants must confirm they are meeting the directions of the policy. The department may ask for proof to check compliance.


For more information, contact the Business Recovery team.