Apprentice and Trainee Wage Subsidy Scheme

Apprentice & Trainee Wage Subsidy Extended!

If you have been considering employing an Apprentice or Trainee, NOW is the perfect time!

The Apprentice and Trainee Wage Subsidy scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.

Through the subsidy, any business or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice or Trainee between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50% of wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter. There is no cap on the number of eligible trainees/ apprentices.

If you are interested in finding out more, call us on 1300 010 185.

How can DGT help me?

DGT Employs the best apprentices and trainees and places them with businesses, who are the host employers, for all or part of the apprenticeship. For more on this click here.

If I work with DGT, will I still receive this subsidy?

Yes, under this program, Group Training Organisations (such as DGT Employment and Training) must pass on the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements payments to the host employer.

Does the business size matter?

Employers of any size, or industry, Australia-wide who commence an Australian Apprentices or Trainees between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 may be eligible under this program.

Is my business eligible?

Your business may be eligible if:

  • you engage an Australian Apprentice or Trainee or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021; and
  • your Australian Apprentice or trainee is undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification and has a training contract that is formally approved by the state training authority. Additional eligibility requirements will apply to existing workers.

I am receiving other Commonwealth subsidies. Will I be eligible to receive this?

No, an employer will not be eligible for the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement subsidy where the apprentice is receiving any other form of Australian Government wage subsidy e.g. Supporting Apprentices and Trainees, JobKeeper or the JobMaker Hiring Credit. Where an employer is eligible for multiple subsidies, the employer will need to choose which payment best supports their circumstances.

If I receive this incentive, will I also be eligible for other payments under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program?

Yes, employers and Group Training Organisations that receive Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements may be eligible for other incentives available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, subject to eligibility criteria being met.

Additional information regarding the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy – including maximum payment amounts – is provided in the Questions and Answers factsheet provided by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

NOTE: Facts, figures and statistics drawn from Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment https://www.dese.gov.au/boosting-apprenticeship-commencements