Work Stay Play incentive: program update


The Territory Government has increased the cap on the Work Stay Play incentive to support the tourism and hospitality sector attract workers to the Territory.

The cap for businesses has been lifted, to access the incentive for up to 40 workers, rather than 14 workers.

With $1,500 available, per eligible employee, this now means that a business may access up to $60,000 in incentive funding.

The funding offers support to attract workers who relocate to the Northern Territory or transaction local workers from unemployment in to a tourism or hospitality job.

The Work Stay Play incentive is an initiative under the Territory Governments $2 million Critical Worker Support Package to boost skills and job opportunities for Territorians and attract additional workers to the Territory.

To date 93 businesses have registered to the Work Stay Play incentives program, of these 24 have submitted applications covering 40 workers.

The new changes come into effect from 9am on Tuesday 22 June 2021 with updated terms and conditions made available at the same time. For more information and to apply, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

Alex Bruce, CEO, Hospitality NT said he welcomed the announcement saying “once again the Northern Territory Government is at the front of Australia’s jurisdictions in trying to help fix our workforce shortages.

“There are a number of large hospitality employers that are in desperate need for staff that can now access more workers under this initiative.

“With nation-wide shortages every bit helps when incentivising Australians to come up to work in our local hospitality and tourism industry.”

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