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Government Stimulus Measure:

Apprentice Subsidy?

What is the stimulus/relief?

A cash subsidy for small employers of 50% of eligible apprentice or trainee wages, up to a maximum of $21,000 ($7,000 per quarter) per apprentice or trainee during the period from 1 January to 31 March 2021. In addition, medium-sized businesses will now be eligible for subsidy, for wages paid from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021. 

What is the aim of this initiative?

Assist small employers in retaining their apprentices and trainees. It also aims to encourage all businesses to re-engage the apprentices or trainees should the small business be unable to retain them. Subsidies are available to new employers who re-engage a eligible apprentice that was displaced.

Who is eligible?

Small businesses with 20 people or less (full-time staff) who had an apprentice or trainee in training on 1 March 2020 and were using a Group Training Organisation may be eligible. An apprentice or trainee must have been undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship with you on the 1 July 2020 for claims after this date.

Medium-sized businesses who employ less than 200 will now also be eligible for the subsidy. A business must have had an apprentice or trainee in training on 1 July 2020 and have been using a Group Training Organisation. An apprentice or trainee must have been undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship with you on the 1 July 2020 for claims after this date.

Note: there is no restriction on which industries can access this measure.

How do I get it?

The employer must register (from 2 April 2020) via an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider. Once registered, the AASN will conduct an eligibility assessment on the employer.

The AASN will also facilitate the re-engagement of any eligible apprentices or trainees.

Who should use this stimulus/other considerations?

Any small business who meets the eligibility criteria. Also any employer who is intending to engage an apprentice / trainee may benefit from the subsidy if they re-engage an eligible apprentice or trainee, however it is not yet clear how entitlement on re-engagement may work. 

It is also expected the subsidy will be taxable to the employer.

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Closing comment

The Government is moving quickly and things are changing daily with regards to the response to COVID-19.

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