Government Trainee Incentives

There is a raft financial supports for employers looking to take on a trainee or apprentice. The following outlines the key incentives for employers.

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees (SAT) subsidy: up to $7000 per quarter

Businesses will be able to access up to 50 per cent of a new apprentice or trainees wages worth up to $7000 per quarter from October 5, 2020, until September 30, 2021. The subsidy applies regardless of location, occupation, industry or business size. The program is capped at 100,000 places.

Apprentices and trainees need to be undertaking a Cert II or higher qualification and be engaged in a formally-approved training contract. It is available to both small and medium-sized businesses (with fewer than 200 staff), which had an apprentice in place as of July 1, 2020. If you are an employer with less than 20 employees you may be eligible to attain the wage subsidy for your apprentices that were active at March 1, 2020, for wages paid from January 1, 2020.

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive: up to $8500

This incentive is available to employers of new trainees and apprentices. Like the Federal Government incentives, additional loadings may apply where you hire from a target group — such as Aboriginal Australians, those aged 21 to 30 years old, or undertaking qualifications on the so-called ‘State Priority Occupation — or living and working in regional WA. The subsidy can be claimed if your business is ineligible for payroll tax exemptions or Construction Training Fund grants. The apprentice must live and work in WA.

Jobactive grants: up to $10,000

Businesses may be eligible to receive a wage subsidy for employing someone registered with an employment service provider. The position must be 20+ hours per week and ongoing. The wage subsidy is available to employers who hire eligible mature-age (50 years and over), Aboriginal Australian, youth (15 to 29 years old), principal carer parent and long-term-unemployed job seekers


In regard to any queries regarding the above government incentives, please contact Apprenticeship Support Australia on 1300 363 831.

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