Thinking of hiring an apprentice? The Queensland Government has just announced it will double the payroll tax rebate for businesses that employ apprentices and trainees in a bid to make it more attractive for employers across the state to offer training positions.

To be eligible for the rebate, businesses must have a total payroll of more than $1.1 million, as Queensland employers with wage bills below that level are not liable for payroll tax.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Government’s scheme offering a 25% payroll tax rebate for employing apprentices or trainees would be doubled to 50%.

The Premier said her Government was determined to boost skills and create jobs, particularly in regional Queensland.“This gives our young people a greater chance of gaining employment and training and helps unlock the jobs of the future. “It will help to tackle youth unemployment and allow us to develop a skilled workforce to support economic growth for Queensland in coming years.”

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