The Australian Government is supporting business to retain their apprentices and trainees.

Wage subsidy scheme

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of an apprentice or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1st January 2020 to 30th September 2020.

Employers will be reimbursed up to $7,000 per quarter, up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee.

Who is eligible?

Small businesses employing fewer than 20 employees who retain an apprentice or trainee.

The apprentice or trainee must have been in training with a small business at 1st March 2020.

When is the subsidy available?

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

How to apply

Apply for the subsidy by contacting an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.


The wage subsidy scheme is aimed at helping small business and keeping Australians employed during this uncertain time. Employers are encouraged to reach out and apply for the scheme as a way of retaining their employees and taking stress off their business.

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