Apprentice and trainee wage subsidy, JobTrainer skills package, CTF training grants

Apprentice and trainee wage subsidy announced by the Australian Government on 12 March 2020 and updated on 16 July

Small businesses

  • If you have fewer than 20 full-time employees, you can apply for a $7000 per quarter wage subsidy for each of your apprentices and trainees.
  • If you claimed the subsidy prior to 1 July 2020, your claim will continue to be based on the original 1 March 2020 eligibility date.
  • The subsidy period lasts until 30 September 2020 31 March 2021.

Medium businesses

You may be eligible for wage subsidy if you have up to 199 employees and the apprentice or trainee was on an Australian Apprenticeship with you on 1 July 2020.

For more information about the apprentice and trainee wage subsidy

For full details including how to register for the subsidy, see the Australian Apprenticeships website.

JobTrainer skills package announced by the Australian Government on 16 July

The Australian Government will invest $2 billion to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities. More Australians will have access to free, or low cost, training places through the establishment of a new $1 billion JobTrainer fund.

Construction Training Fund (CTF) grants announced by WA Government on 23 April 2020

On 23 April, the Premier and Minister for Education and Training announced Construction Training Fund grants to help employers in the building and construction industry retain apprentices and trainees. The package, which will last for six months, includes

  • an immediate $2,000 payment to employers for each apprentice and trainee currently employed.
  • monthly payments of $250, backdated to 1 April and commencing on 1 June, for each apprentice or trainee currently employed
  • reimbursements up to $1,000 for any short-course training an apprentice undertakes

For more information

For full details see Construction Training Fund COVID-19 notice.