Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Apprentices and trainees

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The Government is supporting small businesses and Group Training Organisations to retain their apprentices and trainees. Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, a re-engagement subsidy is available to a new employer of any size.

The subsidy will be available to support small businesses with fewer than twenty employees, including those using a Group Training Organisation, who retain an apprentice or trainee. 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. The apprentice or trainee must have been in an Australian Apprenticeship 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 be eligible for the subsidy.

Group Training Organisations, with an apprentice or trainee working in a host business of any size in receipt of the JobKeeper Payment, may be eligible for a subsidy equivalent to $1,500 per fortnight. This applies to wages paid from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020. The apprentice or trainee must have been in an Australian Apprenticeship as at 1 March 2020.

Next steps

Registrations are open. Final claims must be lodged by 31 December 2020.

Visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Case study

David’s Plumbing

David’s Plumbing is a small business that employs 10 people, including two full-time Australian Apprentices.

Taylor is a first year Australian Apprentice, aged 20, undertaking a Certificate III qualification. She commenced her apprenticeship with David’s Plumbing on 6 February 2020. Taylor receives a weekly wage of $532.89.

Lisa is a third year Australian Apprentice, aged 29, undertaking a Certificate IV qualification. She commenced her apprenticeship with David’s Plumbing on 18 November 2017. She receives a weekly wage of $772.71.

David’s Plumbing are eligible for Supporting Apprentices and Trainees which pays 50 per cent of the apprentices’ wages that have been paid by David’s Plumbing since 1 January 2020.

David’s Plumbing will receive:

  • $9,059 subsidy for employing Taylor for 6 February 2020 to 30 September 2020; and
  • $15,068 subsidy for employing Lisa for 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Fact sheet

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