Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

Time is running out to submit your Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy claim. Final claims must be lodged by 30 June 2021.

The Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy ran from 1 January 2020 through to 31 March 2021. Eligible employers are able to claim 50 per cent of an Australian Apprentice's gross wage up to $7,000 per quarter, per eligible apprentice or trainee. Employers have until 30 June 2021 to submit claims in arrears of wages paid and can potentially do so for the life of the subsidy.

While claims lodged on or before 30 June 2021 can continue to be processed after the deadline, we cannot consider claims lodged after this date. Any application for a waiver will need to be assessed on a case by case basis in accordance with the provisions in Section I.C of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program Guidelines. This section is called 'Review of Decisions (Waivers)' and details the process for the review of decisions and the definition of 'exceptional circumstances'.

  • 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.