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Access the Apprentice Wage Subsidy

 

BUSY At Work and The Apprenticeship Community are committed to supporting apprentices and trainees to complete their qualification and remain in work, and can provide advice on the Australian Government apprentice wage subsidy and available employer incentives.

As part of the Australian Government’s stimulus package to encourage businesses to employ an apprentice or trainee, we can help your company to claim for the 50% wage subsidy assistance. Further details can be found below.

Please note, we assist businesses in QLD and WA. If you are from another State, please visit www.treasury.gov.au for further information.

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC)

Employment Incentives for Employers – New Apprentices or Trainees.

NOW UNCAPPED AND EXTENDED TO 30th June 2022

The BAC (effective since 5th October 2020) is in addition to the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees (SAT) subsidy for those employed since January 1, 2020.

Under the BAC scheme, employers of any size, location or industry will be eligible for a Federal Government subsidy of 50% of the wages for apprentices or trainees employed from October 5th 2020, up to 30th June 2022. The support applies for 12 months from the first day of commencement of your new apprentice or trainee and is up to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter.

For example, if your apprentice or trainee starts on any date between 5 October 2020 up until 30 June 2022, you will be eligible to place claims for 12 months following the sign-up date. 

Lodging dates have now been extended (previously they had to be in by 31st March 2022):

Claims for Rounds 1-6 must be lodged by 30 June 2022, and Rounds 7-10 must be lodged by 30 June 2023.

Can Your Business Apply For BAC For An Existing Worker?

Applying for the apprentice wage subsidy as part of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements scheme for existing staff depends on the criteria below, when applying from October 5, 2020 onwards.

An existing worker is only eligible to attract the BAC payment for an employer, where the current worker:

  • commences in a trades-based Australianjob; or
  • transfers from a casual employment arrangement to a part-time or full-time; or
  • transfers from a part-time employment arrangement to a full-timesituation.

Limits apply to the above new criteria.

An employer or host employer (if using a Group Training Organisation), identified by ABN, will be eligible for the BAC payment for up to 30 existing Australian workers where:

  • an existing worker transfers from a casual employment arrangement to part or full-time; or
  • an existing worker transfers from a part-time employment arrangement to a full-time 

No limit will apply where the existing worker is undertaking trades-based Australian on the job training.

Limitations apply for commencements from 28 October 2020.

How to Register for the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements scheme

An eligible business should advise of intent to claim the BAC during the sign-up of their new apprentice or trainee. BUSY At Work can assist with the application form during sign-up.

For more information, visit The Department of Education Skills and Employment website.

Help to Lodge your BAC Claim

Further information to ensure you have all evidence required when lodging a claim can be found at: LODGING A BAC CLAIM 

Acceptable Wage Evidence for BAC Claims

Payment Summaries & Wage Evidence Requirements

Provision must be made for accurate and regular wage reporting through Single Touch Payroll, unless an exemption from the ATO has been granted. 

Please visit the Australian Taxation Office website for further information about Single Touch Payroll.

More information can be found here: Single Touch Payroll

If you are an employer and would like more information:
BACClaimsQLD@busyatwork.com.au

Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC)

For businesses registered for the apprentice wage subsidy:

The CAC is an extension to subsidies for employers of apprentices or trainees who have previously registered for the BAC.

After 12 months of this support, employers are eligible to transition to the time-limited CAC subsidy for the second and third years of an apprenticeship.

Under the CAC, eligible businesses will receive a 10 per cent wage subsidy in the second year of an eligible apprenticeship, up to a maximum of $1,500 per quarter per person, and a 5 per cent subsidy in the third year of their training, to a maximum of $750 per quarter per person.

The BAC and CAC are available to businesses of any size, industry or geographic location.

Final claims for payment must be lodged by 30 June 2025.

As per the BAC claims, wage payment evidence must be provided.

Payment Summaries & Wage Evidence Requirements

Provision must be made for accurate and regular wage reporting through Single Touch Payroll, unless an exemption from the ATO has been granted. 

Please visit the Australian Taxation Office website for further information about Single Touch Payroll.

More information can be found here Single Touch Payroll

Further Information on the Wage Subsidy

If your business is looking to or is currently employing apprentices or trainees, you can find more details on employment incentives available to you on the Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills and Education website.

Further Support for Employers

You can keep up to date on the Government’s Economic Response to Coronavirus via The Treasury website – https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses 

Further Support for Employers

You can keep up to date on the Government’s Economic Response to Coronavirus via The Treasury website – https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses 
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