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Cashflow assistance for small & medium sized businesses

Wage subsidy of up to 50% of an apprentice or trainee wage


The Government is supporting small business to retain their apprentices and trainees. Eligible employers can apply for:

· 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 30 September 2020 More information can be found here

Support will also be provided to the National Apprentice Employment Network, the peak national body representing Group Training Organisations, to co-ordinate the re-employment of displaced apprentices and trainees throughout their network of host employers across Australia.


The subsidy will be available to small businesses employing fewer than 20 full-time employees who retain an apprentice or trainee. The apprentice or trainee must have been in training 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.

Employers will be able to access the subsidy after an eligibility assessment is undertaken by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

This measure will support up to 70,000 small businesses, employing around 117,000 apprentices.


Employers can register for the subsidy from 2nd April 2020. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.

Subsidy will be back paid to 1st January 2020 with payments made quarterly.

Further information is available at:

• The Department of Education, Skills and Employment website at: www.dese.gov.au

• Australian Apprenticeships website at: www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

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


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

Information supplied by the Australian Government