Apprentices & Trainees
Federal Government COVID-19
Support for Employers
The Government is supporting small business to retain their apprentices and trainees. Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer.
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What support is on offer?
- Eligible employers will receive assistance in the form of a wage subsidy reimbursed in arrears at 50% of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage.
- The wage subsidy will be available for a maximum of 9 months covering the period 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.
- Employers will be reimbursed for up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter).
- Payments will be made direct to employer bank accounts.
Who is eligible?
- The subsidy will be available to small businesses employing fewer than 20 employees who retain an apprentice or trainee.
- The apprentice or trainee must have been in training with a small business as at 1 March 2020.
- Employers of any size and Group Training Organisations that re-engage an eligible out-of-trade apprentice or trainee will also be eligible for the subsidy.
How to apply?
Employers will be able to access the subsidy after an eligibility assessment is undertaken by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider. You can find an AASN provider here: https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/
We are here to support you and other small businesses across Australia. If you would like more information and professional help navigating your business through these unprecedented times, please reach out to us and our helpful team will talk you through your specific situation.
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