The Qld State Government recently announced that it is doubling an incentive for Queensland businesses to employ apprentices and trainees as part of a drive to create more jobs.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Government’s scheme offering a 25% payroll tax rebate for employing apprentices or trainees would be doubled to 50%.
For this financial year any employer in the State with apprentices or trainees on staff will be able to claim a 50% rebate.
“The higher incentive would be available for 12 months backdated to 1 July this year and would also apply to all apprentices and trainees, including those hired under the scheme announced in last year’s State Budget,” said the Premier.
While apprentice and trainee wages are generally exempt from payroll tax, bricklayer and other trades employers can claim the rebate based on the total exempt wages bill of any new apprentices or trainees they employ.
The Premier said her Government was determined to boost skills and create jobs, particularly in regional Queensland. “Increasing the rebate to 50% doubles the benefit to employers, equating to around $500 to $1,000 per year per apprentice or trainee which again is money that is able to be reinvested into a business.”
ABBTF’s Qld Manager, Tony Bishop along with other industry leaders has welcomed the news for our trade. “We’d like to see Bricklayers take up all the Industry Subsidies and business benefits available to them to employ an apprentice, strengthen the qualified skills of their team and business”, said Tony.
State Treasurer Curtis Pitt said more than 2,400 businesses had claimed the original 25% rebate since it was introduced last year, proving its popularity. “The total value of the rebate until the end of May was almost $7 million, which is $7 million that is able to be reinvested back into those businesses,” Mr Pitt said. “The doubling of the rebate for hiring apprentices makes Queensland’s payroll tax system even more attractive.
Premier Palaszczuk added “This gives our young people a greater chance of gaining employment and training and helps unlock the jobs of the future. apIt will help to tackle youth unemployment and allow us to develop a skilled workforce to support economic growth for Queensland in coming years.”
Anyone seeking more information about the Governments revised payroll tax rebate for employing apprentices and trainees should call 1300 300 734 or visits the Qld Business and Industry Portal.
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