Government Assistance

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS

SA Payroll tax exemption

Wages paid to apprentices and trainees who commence a relevant training contract between 10 November 2020 and 30 June 2022 (inclusive), will receive relief equivalent to a 12-month payroll tax exemption.

Wages paid to these employees do not need to be included in payroll tax calculations. You will need to declare the amount of wages paid separately in the monthly and annual returns.

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Worker support payments

When a COVID hotspot is declared workers can access COVID-19 disaster payments from the Federal Government through Services Australia. Once a hotspot is declared, affected workers in that zone can access these payments.

This provides individuals with $450 per week if they have lost between 8 and 20 hours' work (or have lost a full day) and $750 if they have lost more than 20 hours' work. Workers will be able to apply for this payment at the end of the lockdown week period and will be back paid to the start of lockdown. Further details can be found here.


NORTHERN TERRITORY MEMBERS

Territory Business Lockdown Payment Program

For Local Government Areas that are put into lockdown, the Northern Territory Government opens up a round of Territory Business Lockdown Payment Program. This is a one-off $1,000 payment to eligible Territory businesses within the LGA or region that is locked down.

Members can follow this link to find out more information and access eligibility requirements when a lockdown is announced.

The Territory government also has a range of other business support packages for businesses to help them transition or adapt their business during this pandemic. Follow this link to find out more.

Worker support payments

When a COVID hotspot is declared workers can access COVID-19 disaster payments from the Federal Government through Services Australia. Once a hotspot is declared, affected workers in that zone can access these payments.

This provides individuals with $450 per week if they have lost between 8 and 20 hours' work (or have lost a full day) and $750 if they have lost more than 20 hours' work. Workers will be able to apply for this payment at the end of the lockdown week period and will be back paid to the start of lockdown. Further details can be found here.


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Apprentice wage subsidy

Eligible employers will receive a wage subsidy of up to 50% of the Australian Apprentice’s gross wage paid. It is available for Australian Apprentices commencing or recommencing between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022.

It is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter, per eligible Australian Apprentice, for wages paid in the 12 month period from the date of commencement or recommencement.

Find out more info here

Boosting and Completing Apprenticeships

The Federal Government has announced a 'Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements' wage subsidy, which will see the Government pay a capped 50% wage subsidy for new apprentices commencing between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022 for a 12 month period.

After the 12-month period, employers will be eligible to transition to the time-limited Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) wage subsidy for the second and third years of an apprenticeship. Under the CAC, eligible employers will receive a 10 percent wage subsidy in the second year of an eligible apprenticeship, up to a maximum of $1,500 per quarter per apprentice, and a 5 percent wage subsidy in the third year of their apprenticeship, to a maximum of $750 per quarter per apprentice.