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COVID-19 Some helpful information for businesses and employers 30 Mar 2020

We acknowledge the challenges this health issue poses for all our stakeholders.

We wish you all the best and please say safe and sane.

The Board and staff of the Food Fibre & Timber Industries Training Council.


Support for Businesses

For information about Federal Government support go to:


WA Government

The WA Government Stimulus Package includes:

  • $114 million in additional measures to support small businesses

  • Small businesses that pay payroll tax will receive a one-off grant of $17,500

  • $1 million payroll tax threshold brought forward by six months to July 1, 2020


Apprentices and Trainees

Federal Government

The Federal Government is helping small businesses to retain their apprentices and trainees. Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer. The wage subsidy will be claimable for wages paid since 1 January 2020.

For a fact sheet, click here.

WA Government

COVID-19 may impact the continuity of an apprentice or trainee’s training contract directly or indirectly. The Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office is taking a flexible approach to help businesses maintain the employment of their apprentices/trainees where possible.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office has released a FACT SHEET “Managing apprenticeships/traineeships - Frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19”

WA TAFE Colleges

TAFE colleges are changing their delivery of training

  • From Monday, March 30 until April 9, there will be a temporary pause in face-to-face delivery of most courses

  • Lecturers and non-teaching staff will prepare to move to a new style of training in Term 2

  • TAFE's role is critical in training people through the pandemic and to prepare for the recovery phase

For further information, please click here

Initiatives to supply agricultural labour

The WA Government has released a new 'Here for WA' campaign to connect job seekers with opportunities across regional Western Australia. The McGowan Government and FoodAllianceWA have launched a dedicated program to support jobs and fill labour shortages in the agriculture and food industry across Western Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new website - - will allow workers seeking employment in regional WA to register their interest and connect with regional employers, labour hire companies and recruitment businesses looking for casual, skilled and unskilled workers.

For further information, please click here.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any of the above.

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