WA Government launches Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

From July 1 2019, thousands of Western Australian employers will benefit from the new Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive.

The incentive will support a wider range of WA employers with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

The scheme will be funded through the redirection of payroll tax, to remove the remaining payroll tax exemption for trainees. The payroll tax exemption for apprentices will be retained.

Employers that have lodged a training contract for registration on or after July 1, 2019, will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

Additional loadings will increase the payment for regional areas, employees with disability, priority occupations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and apprentices aged between 21 to 30 years. It is estimated this scheme will extend State Government support to nearly 6,000 businesses.

The aim is to increase apprenticeship and traineeship commencements, which will contribute to the State Government’s target of 150,000 additional jobs in WA by 2023-24.

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is an initiative under the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund, which also includes an enterprise training program and a pre-traineeship program aimed at the Social Assistance and Allied Health sector.

Source: WA Government