Apprentice & Trainee Wage Subsidy
From 2 April 2020, employers can begin to register for the 50% subsidy for wages paid to apprentices and trainees. This subsidy was recently announced by the Government as part of its Economic Response to COVID-19 to assist small business.
Further information is available here
Here is a recap of the Key points:
50% wage subsidy for wages paid to apprentices & trainees between 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020
Is my business eligible?
Your small business may be eligible if:
- you employ fewer than 20 people, or
- fewer than 20 people using a Group Training Organisation; and
- the apprentice or trainee was undertaking and Australian apprenticeship with you on 1 March 2020
- also if you re-engage an apprentice or trainee that has been displaced from a small business after 1 March 2020
How much is the subsidy?
Eligible employers will receive up to 50% of the apprentice or trainee’s wage, reimbursed in arrears:
- Up to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter, up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee
- Available for 9 months for wages paid to apprentices and trainees between 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020
- Final claims to be lodged by 31 December 2020
Will employers be entitled to this subsidy and the JobKeeper payment?
Provided you are eligible, employers can still apply for the JobKeeper payment and register your interest with the ATO. However you won’t be entitled to both payments – you will need to choose which payment best supports your circumstances.
Please feel free to contact us with any queries regarding the Government’s stimulus package and cash flow assistance for small business.