Work Stay Play Program NT

The Work Stay Play program provides funding to NT tourism, hospitality, agriculture and aged care businesses to help them attract critical workers.

Close date: 15 Oct 2021.

What do you get?

Funding of up to $1,500 for each new eligible worker, capped at a total amount of $60,000

Who is this for?

Northern Territory tourism and hospitality, agriculture (plant production) and aged care businesses.


Eligible businesses can apply for up to $1,500 for each new eligible worker. The cap on the total amount claimable is $60,000.

Payments for each worker will be split into 2 instalments:

  • $750 when the eligible worker starts employment in the NT
  • $750 after 8 weeks of continuous employment.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, employers must:

  • be a legal entity, with or without a registered business name
  • hold a valid Australian business number (ABN)
  • operate in at least one of the following sectors:
    • tourism
    • hospitality
    • aged care
    • plant production.

An eligible worker is a person who either:

  • has relocated to the NT from outside the Territory to take up employment with an eligible employer, or
  • is an NT resident who was unemployed for at least one month immediately before starting employment with the eligible employer.

Eligible workers must also:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or otherwise legally authorised to work in Australia
  • have started employment with an eligible employer on or after 30 April 2021
  • be working a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • not be related to the employer.

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Work Stay Play Program.

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