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Financial Assistance

Employing an apprentice or trainee can be a cost-effective way for your business to increase skills and productivity.

A range of State and Federal Government financial assistance and other incentives are available to eligible employers when hiring an apprentice or trainee. They can help your business to cover some of the wages or other costs.

The Apprenticeship Community can help to assess your eligibility for any financial or other assistance available to employers when employing an apprentice or trainee.

Australian Government Financial Incentives

The Australian Apprentices Incentives Program aims to contribute to the development of a highly skilled and relevant Australian workforce. It aims to support ongoing economic sustainability and competitiveness. 

The program offers a range of incentives on commencement, re-commencement and completion for apprentices and trainees that meet certain criteria. These can include:

  • Standard incentives of up to $4,000*
  • Extra incentives to assist in the employment of those with a disability, mature-aged, school-based and Indigenous Australians.

* Eligibility criteria apply and in some cases are state specific.  Benefits and services are subject to change at any time without notice.

You can find more information here:  Australian Apprentices Incentives Program

State Government Financial Incentives

State Governments may also offer further incentives including:

  • Payroll tax rebates or exemptions for apprentices and trainees
  • Workers compensation premium reductions or exemptions

In addition:

South Australia State Government offer:

  • Critical Skills Fund – $4,000 payment on completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship of strategic importance to SA
  • Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program – up to $12,000 to employ South Australian Aboriginal people over the age of 16 years into trade based apprenticeships.
  • Workcover levy exemption for trade apprentices

Queensland State Government offers:

  • Bonus payment of $5,000 for private and public sector employers who commence a school based apprentice on or after 1 July 2013, which is then converted to a full-time arrangement
  • Back to Work program offering up to $20,000 for eligible employers who employ eligible job seekers

Further Incentives for your Apprentice or Trainee

Further non-financial incentives may be available to support your apprentice or trainee, including a living away from home allowance and, for certain apprenticeships, trade support loans to assist them to purchase work-related tools or equipment, or a car for work travel.

We can assist your apprentice or trainee to access any financial or other incentives available to them to support the successful completion of their qualification.

We can advise your eligibility for assistance

The Apprenticeship Community can assist you in regards to any incentives available when commencing your apprentice or trainee.

For more information, contact us today via our online form below.

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