Government Stimulus Package

Stimulus Package
for Employers

Apprenticeships Incentives Program

Government Stimulus Package

Commonwealth Government Stimulus Package to Cover Half of Apprentices Wages

The Apprenticeship Community is committed to supporting employers, apprentices, GTOs and RTOs to ensure as many apprentices and trainees continue to learn and contribute to the Australian workforce.

As part of the Australian Government’s recently announced stimulus package, we can help your business to claim for wage subsidy assistances. These include the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees Subsidy (for existing apprentices and trainees) and the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (when employing a new apprentice or trainee).

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Government Stimulus Package

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

Businesses employing a new apprentice may be eligible for 50% Wage Incentives of up to $7,000 per quarter and a potential maximum amount of $42,000 for the 18 months (6 claim periods up until March 31, 2022).

The wage subsidy incentive previous cap of 100,000 places has now been removed as a further incentive to encourage economic recovery and skills growth opportunities for Australian industries. 

  • The 100,000 cap limit has been removed.
  • Available for apprentice or trainee commencements or recommencements between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022.
  • 50% wage subsidy, up to $7,000 per quarter for wages paid for a 18-month period from date of commencement/recommencement.
  • Final claims must be lodged by 31 December 2022.

Further Information

Government Stimulus Package

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees Subsidy

Available to employers of less than 200 employees. The apprentice must have been employed with the business since July 1, 2020.
Claims for the final quarter (Round 4) opened January 11, 2021.
  • Wage subsidy of 50% of an apprentice’s or trainee’s wage
  • Employers reimbursed up to $21,000 per apprentice or trainee
  • 3 monthly instalments – up to $7,000 per quarter
  • 50% of actual wages paid between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

If eligible, employers will be able to claim up to $7000 a quarter for apprentices and trainees in 2019/20 and 2020/2021 financial years.

Further Information 

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Government Stimulus Package

Further Assistance Available to Business

Under the Government’s Stimulus Package, further assistance for business includes:

  • Cash flow assistance for small to medium sized businesses of up to $100,000 (minimum of $20,000).
  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses.
  • Increasing the instant asset write-off.
  • A time limited 15 month investment incentive (through to 30 June 2021) to support economic growth
  • $1 Billion assistance for regions and industries most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

You can keep up to date on the Government’s Economic Response to Coronavirus via The Treasury website –

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