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COVID-19 hit a lot of people hard — especially apprentices. To help bounce back, the 2020-21 Federal Budget featured a lot of incentives for hiring apprentices, including $1.2 billion added to the already $2.8 billion in the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy.

The Federal Government announced yesterday the 2020-21 budget. In it, the government laid out financial commitments — overall support of $507 billion, including $257 billion in direct economic support — to ‘rebuild our economy, create jobs and secure Australia’s future.’

Most of the country is opening up and tradies are getting back to work, but Victorians can’t seem to catch a break. Not only are you worried about catching COVID-19, but you also have to deal with the confusion about how JobKeeper and HomeBuilder will affect you during and after the level-4 restrictions period.

South Australia and Tasmania recently announced stimulus packages that will release huge sums of money into tradie-led projects — the news came soon after the Federal $688 million HomeBuilder package was announced. All of the recent packages aim to boost the construction industry, which was hit especially hard due to the coronavirus. PM Scott Morrison hopes to start a “tradie-led recovery to help spark the economy as Australia emerges from the effects of COVID-19” and…