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22, July 2020

Jobkeeper Extension Announced  22 July 2020


16, July 2020

WA small businesses to receive $17,500 grant to assist during COVID-19

  • McGowan Government delivers one-off COVID-19 support cheques for small to medium businesses
  • About 7,400 Western Australian businesses to benefit
  • Part of the more than $2.3 billion in COVID-19 support and relief measures  

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

  • $3,000 for employers taking on a displaced trainee
  • New Apprentice and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive helping maintain pipeline of skilled workers

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. 

For further information 


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


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

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.

23, April 2020

The State Government has announced today a $24.5 million support package for the Building and Construction sector


15, April 2020

Unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave flexibilities now available


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