22, July 2020
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16, July 2020
WA small businesses to receive $17,500 grant to assist during COVID-19
Thousands of Western Australian small to medium sized businesses will this week begin receiving a one-off grant of $17,500 from the McGowan Government to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Payroll tax paying businesses with a payroll between $1 million and $4 million will receive a one-off grant. It is expected 7,400 Western Australian businesses will benefit from the grant.
16, July 2020
JobTrainer skills package announced
The Australian Government will invest $2 billion to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities, as the economy recovers from COVID-19.
In partnership with the states and territories, more Australians will have access to free, or low cost, training places in areas of identified skills needs through the establishment of a new $1 billion JobTrainer fund.
This will include $500 million from the Australian Government this year, with a matched contribution being sought from state and territory governments.
The JobTrainer fund will provide for around 340,700 additional training places to help school leavers and job seekers gain the skills they need to get a job.
A further $1.5 billion will be made available to expand and extend the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.
Eligibility for the subsidy will be expanded to include medium-sized businesses with 199 employees or fewer who had an apprentice in place on 1 July 2020.
The wage subsidy will also be extended to March 2021.
Further information about these changes will be made available in the coming week
02, July 2020
$6,000 incentive for employers who take on a displaced apprentice
Up to $6,000 in financial support is now available to employers who take on a displaced apprentice or trainee as part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to support apprentices and trainees during the State’s COVID-19 recovery.
The new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee.
Employers who take on an apprentice or trainee whose training contract was terminated on, or after, March 1, 2020, are eligible to receive the payment.
24, June 2020
Historical Planning Reforms approved
The McGowan Government’s historic planning reforms, which will bring a once-in-a-lifetime change to the current planning system, have passed through State Parliament.
The lowering of thresholds for the State Governments major projects fast-tracking planning initiative, from $30 million to $20 million is great for industry. In the regions, projects worth as little as $5 million can be fast-tracked under the scheme which is designed to eliminate red-tape and generate job-creating projects.
During the next 18 months post Covid-19, the WA Planning Commission will become the decision-maker.
These changes will allow for greater levels of projects to be assessed in Perth and regional WA, which will go through an approval process designed to streamline processes and reduce complications.
View the WA Government media statement https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/06/McGowan-Government-negotiates-historic-planning-reforms-through-Parliament.aspx
18, June 2020
Keystart renovation scheme
Housing Minister Peter Tinley has announced an extension of the increased income limits for Keystart loans to June 30, 2021, plus home renovation loans for existing customers. These moves build on the WA Government housing rescue package announced last week. A government media release is https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/06/Keystart-renovation-initiative-builds-on-housing-recovery-plan.aspx
04, June 2020
HomeBuilder provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. HomeBuilder will assist the residential construction market by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations this year. Download flyer.
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