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Strengthening apprentice support will strengthen economy

Media Release

Strengthening apprentice support will strengthen economy

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Government to extend the 'Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements' subsidy by injecting a further $1.2 billion is a welcome response to HIA’s call.
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10 Aug
Security of Payment - Coverage

The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (WA) (SOP Act) applies to some construction contracts but excludes others. Before you make a claim under the SOP Act, it is important to confirm that your contract is covered.

08 Aug
The Residential Building Bill

The Tasmanian Government has released the Residential Building (Miscellaneous Consumer Protection Amendments) Bill 2022 for consultation. HIA has raised concerns with some elements.

05 Aug
Geraldton local claims HIA Apprentice of the Year

Geraldton’s own third year carpentry and joinery apprentice Callum Marquis from Connolly Creative Building Co. has been named 2022 HIA Stratco WA Peter Stannard Apprentice of the Year.

04 Aug
Security of Payment overview

Security of payment laws provide for the rapid adjudication of payment disputes in the building and construction industry.

“The first tranche of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy program is fully subscribed, helping to create 100,000 apprenticeships in less than five months. This is a commendable outcome and should be recognised.

“Updating the program to remove the cap and be demand driven and to expand the payments to cover a full 12 months for new apprentices and trainees signed up prior to 30 September 2021 will see these early benefits grow and jobs created.

“It is estimated that this extension will support hundreds of thousands of small businesses across Australia take on new apprentices and trainees over the next six months.

“The $2.8 billion already provided for this wage subsidy has made a significant difference for the housing industry and supported many new apprentices since October start their study and training.

“In under five months, the target of 100,000 new starters has been realised. Taken together with the support for existing apprentices and trainees already in a job before COVID-19, this means over 222,000 apprentices and trainees are being supported by the wage subsidy programs.

“This will keep a pipeline of skilled workers in place as the housing industry navigates its way through the economic recovery.

“As JobKeeper and other business supports reach an end in March there is a risk to keeping existing trainees and apprentices in a job. Ensuring apprentices who were in training before COVID-19 also continue to be supported throughout 2021 is also critical.

“The extension of this vital assistance will mean not only are apprentices kept in the jobs they have today, but that new apprentices can find work, businesses can continue to build and Australia can maintain a healthy level of skilled tradespeople into the future,” concluded Ms Brookfield.

For further information please contact

Kristin Brookfield

HIA Chief Executive - Industry Policy

Joe Shanahan

Manager, Media and Government Relations
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05 Aug
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