As part of its Economic Response to COVID-19, the Australian Government is supporting business to manage cash flow challenges and to keep apprentices and trainees employed through the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.

The Australian Government has extended and expanded the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy, to include medium-sized businesses who had an apprentice in place on 1 July 2020.

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of an eligible apprentice or trainee’s wages paid until 31 March 2021. In addition to the existing support for small businesses, medium-sized businesses may be eligible for the subsidy, for wages paid from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Subsidies are also available to any new employer who re-engages an eligible apprentice that was displaced by an eligible small or medium sized business.

  • Your small business may be eligible if:
    • you employ fewer than 20 people; or
    • you are a small business with fewer than 20 people, using a Group Training Organisation; and
    • the apprentice or trainee was undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship with you on 1 July 2020 for claims after this date. Claims prior to 1 July 2020, will continue to be based on the 1 March 2020 eligibility date.
  • Your medium-sized business may be eligible if:
    • you employ fewer than 200 people; or
    • you are a medium business with fewer than 200 people, using a Group Training Organisation; and
    • the apprentice or trainee was undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship with you on 1 July 2020.
  • Any employer (including all small, medium or large businesses and Group Training Organisations) who re-engages an apprentice or trainee displaced from an eligible small or medium business may also be eligible for the subsidy.

Claims from small and medium-sized businesses are now open. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 30 June 2021.

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

Factsheets

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees Fact Sheet

Additional information regarding the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy – including maximum payment amounts – is provided in the Questions and Answers factsheet.

Information regarding the JobKeeper Payment and how it interacts with Supporting Apprentices and Trainees is provided in the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees and the JobKeeper Payment factsheet.

Guidelines

Final detailed eligibility requirements are outlined in the program guidelines.

Data sharing protocol

Information about data sharing with the ATO can be found in the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees Data Matching Protocol.

Wage subsidies for new apprentices

Businesses of any size may be able to claim the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy for new or recommencing apprentices or trainees. For more information visit Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements.