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Apprentices wage subsidies

Apprentices wage subsidies

Apprentices wage subsidies

Wage subsidies for businesses with apprentices and trainees

Small businesses with fewer than 20 full-time employees will receive up to $21,000 in wage subsidies per eligible apprentice or trainee.

Eligible employers will be able to apply for a subsidy of 50% of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for up to 9 months, from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. The apprentice or trainee must have been in training with the small business as at 1 March 2020.

Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer that employs that apprentice. Employers of any size and Group Training Organisations that re-engage an eligible out-of-trade apprentice or trainee will be eligible for the subsidy.

Application process

Employers will be able to access the subsidy after an eligibility assessment is undertaken by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider. 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

Australian Apprenticeships website

For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.



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