The Employer Support Payment Scheme (ESPS) provides financial assistance to eligible employers of reservists and self-employed reservists, when the reservist is absent from their civilian workplace on eligible periods of Defence service.

For reservists in full-time employment, ESPS payments are made at a set weekly equivalent to Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings (AWOTE).

For FY 2020/2021 the rate is $1,658.70 per week.

A pro-rata payment may be made for a part-time employee.

To find out more about the payment and how to claim for the payment, go to:

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