In line with the second economic response package, the federal government is supporting small business to retain their apprentices and trainees. Wages subsidies will be paid to eligible employers equal to 50% of their apprentices/trainees wages from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Employers who are eligible will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per apprentice/trainee.

Eligibility

  • The subsidy will be available to small businesses employing fewer than 20 full-time employees who retain an apprentice or trainee as at 1 March 2020.
  • Has re-employed a displaced apprentice/trainee, who was employed by a small business at 1 March 2020 but who has since been released from their apprenticeship/traineeship by their employer.
  • Employers will be able to access the subsidy after an eligibility assessment is undertaken by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.
    Employers will be able to access the subsidy after an eligibility assessment is undertaken by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

Timing

Employers can register for the subsidy from early April 2020. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020. Further information is available at:

  • The Department of Education, Skills and Employment website at: www.dese.gov.au
  • Australian Apprenticeships website at: www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.
For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.