Apprentices are crucial for developing a highly skilled and relevant workforce in Australia. This is achieved by:

  • Providing genuine opportunities for skills-based training and development
  • Encouraging people to enter skills-based training through an Australian Apprenticeship

To ensure our construction industry is supported while employing apprentices, there are several incentives available. You can learn about the eligibility of employer incentives and personal benefits in the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program Guidelines.

Here are the incentives:

The National Skills Needs List

The National Skills Needs List is used for determining who is eligible for incentives to reduce our national skills shortage. These include:

  • Rural and regional Skills Shortage Incentive
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices

Australian Apprenticeships Centres

These centres deliver free Australian Apprenticeship Support Services to employees and Australian Apprentices. These include information and incentives.

Trade Support Loans

These loans can offer eligible Australian Apprentices up to $20000 over the course of their apprenticeship. You can apply to opt-in for regular instalments according to your needs.

For more information about eligible Australian Apprentices go to Australianapprenticeships.gov.au or phone 133 873.

Employer Incentives (Paid to employer)

Certificate II

Certificate III/IV

Diploma/Advanced Diploma

Commencement Incentive – National Skills Needs List occupations (NSNL)‘New worker’ and ‘Existing worker’   
  • Full-time, part-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices ‘

n/a

$1,500

n/a

Recommencement Incentive – NSNL‘New worker’ and ‘Existing worker’   
  • Full-time, part-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices

n/a

 

$750

 

n/a

 

Completion Incentive – NSNLNew worker’ and ‘Existing worker’   
  • Full-time, part-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices

n/a

$2,500

n/a

Commencement Incentive – Non-NSNL non-priority occupations ‘New worker’   
  • Full-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices

n/a

$1,500

n/a

‘Existing worker’   
  • Full-time, part-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices

n/a

n/a

n/a

Recommencement Incentive – Non-NSNL non- priority occupations‘New worker’   
  • Full-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices

n/a

 

$750

 

n/a

 

‘Existing worker’   
  • Full-time, part-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices

n/a

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

Completion Incentive –Non-NSNL non priority occupations‘New worker’   
  • Full-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices

n/a

 

$2,500

 

n/a

 

  • Part-time Australian Apprentices

n/a

 

$1,500

 

n/a

 

‘Existing worker’   
  • Full-time, part-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices

n/a

n/a

n/a

Rural and Regional Skills Shortage Incentive

n/a

$1,000

n/a

Group Training Organisations Certificate II Completion Incentive

$1,000

n/a

n/a

Mature Aged Workers Incentives (45 and over)

All levels

  • Commencement Incentive

$750

  • Completion Incentive

$750

Australian School-based Apprenticeship Incentives

All levels

  • Commencement Incentive

$750

  • Retention Incentive

$750

Assistance for Australian Apprentices with Disability

All levels

  • Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support

(Part-time paid at a proportion of the full-time rate)

$104.30 per week

Living Away From Home Allowance

Cert II and above

  • First year rate:

$77.17 per week

  • Second year rate:

$38.59 per week

  • Third year rate:

$25.00 per week

Support for Adult Australian Apprentices – NSNL (25 and over) – paid to the employer or the Australian Apprentice 

Cert III/IV

 
Australian Apprentice payments   
  • First year full-time / first two years part-time:

nil

$150 / $75 per week, up to $7,800

nil

  • Second year full-time / second two years part-time:

nil

$100 / $50 per week up to $5,200

nil

Employer payment for Support for Adult Australian Apprentices NSNL occupations 

Cert III/IV

 
 

nil

$4000

nil

Trade Support Loans – NSNL and Agriculture and Horticulture Australian Apprentice payments (Up to a lifetime limit of $20,000)

Cert II Agriculture and Horticulture

Cert III/IV

 
  • First Year

$666.67 per month up to $8,000

$666.67 per month up to $8,000

nil

  • Second Year

$500.00 per month up to $6,000

$500.00 per month up to $6,000

nil

  • Third Year

$333.34 per month up to $4,000

$333.34 per month up to $4,000

nil

  • Fourth Year

$166.67 per month up to $2,000

$166.67 per month up to $2,000

nil

 

Further Australian Government assistance available for Australian Apprentices

Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY

Australian Apprentices may also be eligible to access fortnightly payments delivered by Centrelink:

Youth Allowance for Australian Apprentices aged 16-24;

Austudy for Australian Apprentices aged 25 and over;

ABSTUDY for Australian Apprentices of any age and who are Indigenous Australians.

Further information about these payments is available from the Department of Human Services on 13 24 68 or www.humanservices.gov.au.