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Special edition, 12 August 2015

BSWAT update

Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme update

The Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Payment Scheme (the Scheme) is now open for registration and application.
The Scheme will provide a one-off payment to eligible supported employees of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) who have been paid a pro-rata wage assessed using BSWAT.  The Payment Scheme is entirely voluntary, and participants are required to seek independent financial counselling and legal advice, paid for by the Government (subject to limits), to help them make an informed choice.
To be eligible for the Scheme, a person must have, for at least one day in the period starting on 1 January 2004 and ending on 28 May 2014:
  • had an intellectual impairment, which includes an intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, dementia, or impaired intellectual function as a consequence of an acquired brain injury
  • been employed and provided with employment support by an ADE
  • received a wage based on a BSWAT assessment, or received a training wage while waiting for a BSWAT assessment.
Other eligibility conditions are that:
  • the person required daily support in the workplace to maintain employment in the ADE; and
  • the person has not accepted an amount of money in settlement of, or the court has not ordered payment of an amount of money to the person in connection with, a claim made relating to the use of the BSWAT to assess the person’s wage.
All eligibility criteria have to be met for individuals to access the Scheme.
You must register to take part in the Scheme. Registering for the Scheme does not guarantee that you will be eligible for the Scheme or that you will be made an offer of payment under the Scheme.
A person can register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme, or find out more information by:
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