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Incentives and Allowances

Incentives, allowances, and funding information for employers, apprentices and trainees across Australia.

Australian Government Incentives and Allowances

Apprentices and Trainees

Trade Support Loans

Trade Support Loans are loans paid in instalments totalling up to $20,420 over four years for apprentices undertaking an apprenticeship in selected skill shortage occupations.

The loans are intended to assist apprentices with everyday costs while they complete their apprenticeship. Eligible trade Australian Apprentices will be able to apply (opt-in) for regular instalments according to their needs.

See the Australian Government website for more information.

Living Away from Home Allowance

The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is an allowance for eligible Australian Apprentices of any age during the first three years of training if they have to move away from their parents’ or guardians’ home in order to take up or retain an Australian Apprenticeship.

The allowance is available to eligible full and part-time Australian Apprentices and Australian School-based Apprentices during the first three years of their training.

User Choice

User Choice is a national policy whereby State and Territory Governments fund Registered Training Organisations to provide structured training to Australian Apprentices.

These funds reduce the cost of the training that an Australian Apprentice or the employer will have to pay under an Australian Apprenticeship.

The amount of funding and training available under User Choice is different in each State and Territory, with each State and Territory having different priority areas to direct their User Choice funds.

Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY

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

Employers

Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides a number of incentives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage.

Visit the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme page on the Australian Government's website for information about the following incentives:

  • Commencement incentive
  • Recommencement incentive
  • Completion incentive
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage Incentive
  • Nominated Equity Groups Commencement Incentive
  • Declared Drought Areas Commencement and Completion Incentives
  • Mature Aged Workers Commencement and Completion Incentives
  • Australian School-based Apprenticeships Commencement and Retention Incentives
  • Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS)

To find out whether you would be eligible for incentives when taking on an apprentice or trainee, speak with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

Speak with an Apprenticeship Network provider to find out if you are eligible for any financial support

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Reimbursement for training fees and text books

Reimbursement for training fees and text books

Apprentices and trainees may be eligible for reimbursement of costs associated with off-the-job training and text books through their employer.

Check your award details on the Fairwork Ombudsman website, or call 13 13 94 to find out more.

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Assistance for travel and accommodation costs to attend training

Assistance for travel and accommodation costs to attend training


There are provisions in some Modern Awards for your employer to assist with travel costs to attend block release training.

Contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit the website to view information relevant to your award.

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Australian Apprenticeships

Australian Apprenticeships


Managed by the Australian Government, Australian Apprenticeships website provides information and resources directly related to Australian Apprenticeship Network Providers, that includes: programmes, employer incentives, support services and advice.



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State and Territory Incentives and Allowances

ACT

Travel allowance for apprentices and trainees travelling to NSW for training

There may be cases where there are no Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in the ACT that deliver certain apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications. In these cases, apprentices and trainees may need to travel to an RTO in NSW to get their off-the-job training.

Apprentices and trainees may be eligible to receive a travel allowance to help cover the costs of travelling and accommodation required to attend training.

For further information, see the ACT Travel Allowance Information Sheet or call Skills Canberra on  (02) 6205 8555.

If you are eligible and wish to apply for this travel allowance, download the ACT Travel Allowance Application Form.

NSW

NSW Smart and Skilled Funding

NSW apprentices and most new-entrant trainees may be eligible for a government subsidy for the training that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship.

Workers' Compensation Insurance - Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme

If you employ an apprentice, you are entitled to a premium reduction based on the wages paid to your apprentice.

Travel and Accommodation Assistance for apprentices and trainees

Apprentices and new entrant trainees may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance if they need to travel more than 120kms round trip to attend day or block release with their registered training organisation.

For further information, visit the Training Services NSW website.

Apprentice Vehicle Registration Rebate

Apprentices and trainees in their first or second year are eligible for a rebate of $100 to assist with the cost of registering a motor vehicle.

More information about the rebate can be found here.

NT

Apprentice and trainee travel and accommodation assistance

Apprentices or trainees in the Northern Territory (NT) who need to travel more than 50km to attend training at a registered training organisation (RTO) may be eligible for assistance to cover travel and accommodation costs.

Contact Australian Apprenticeships NT for more information.

Workwear and workgear bonus

First-year apprentices and trainees in the Northern Territory (NT) can apply for $300 or $1,000 in funding to buy workwear and equipment. 

Contact Australian Apprenticeships NT for further details.

Employer Support Scheme

If you are a Northern Territory (NT) business that employs apprentices or trainees you can apply for grants under the employer support scheme. 

The following grants are available:

  • $1,000 at commencement - when your apprentice or trainee's contract is recorded by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
  • $2,000 at completion - when your apprentice or trainee’s training contract is recorded as completed by the department
  • $500 for recommencement - if you employ an apprentice or trainee at some other point during their training - eg: if they have stopped working for a previous employer.

For further information, and to find out if you are eligible to apply for one of these grants, contact Australian Apprenticeships NT.

NT Occupational Shortage Employer Incentive Scheme

If you have a Northern Territory (NT) business that employs an apprentice or trainee, you can apply for up to $4,000 through this scheme.

To apply for this incentive, your apprentice or trainee must meet all the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen who has lived in Australia for at least six months
  • be a new full-time employee who is studying for a qualification attracting incentives
  • have started a registered training contract on the day or after the incentive round was announced
  • not have completed a Certificate III, IV or vocational education and training (VET) Diploma qualification in the last seven years.

Contact Australian Apprenticeships NT for more information.

NT Disadvantaged Groups Employer Incentive Scheme

If you have a business that employs an apprentice or trainee from a disadvantaged group, you can apply for a $2000 grant through the disadvantaged groups employer incentive scheme.

To apply your apprentice or trainee must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen who has lived in Australia for at least six months, and is any of the following:
    • disadvantaged due to a physical, psychological or intellectual disability
    • a migrant with permanent residency from a different language or cultural background, who has not entered Australia via a skilled stream of migration
    • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • works full-time in a job requiring a Certificate II, III, IV or vocational education and training Diploma qualification
  • completing an apprenticeship or traineeship on the NT apprenticeships and traineeships database
  • started a training contract on the day or after the incentive round was announced
  • worked with you for less than three months.

Contact Australian Apprenticeships NT for further information.

QLD

The Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification. It is targeted at certificate III qualifications because they are considered the entry-level qualification most often needed to gain employment in many industry sectors.

Construction Skills Queensland

Construction Skills Queensland is committed to assisting the Queensland building and construction industry by providing industry-wide help with training, upskilling and funding.

Travel and accommodation subsidies

The QLD Department of Education and Training provides a travel and accommodation subsidy for apprentices and trainees who are required to travel at least 100kms return to attend training in relation to their apprenticeship or traineeship.

For further information and eligibility criteria, visit the Department of Education and Training website.

SA

WorkReady

WorkReady is a South Australian government initiative that brings together funding for training, employment and skills activities.

See Check Your Eligibility to find out in just two minutes what you are eligible for through WorkReady.

Critical Skills Investment Program

The Critical Skills Investment Program supports training in areas of critical skills needs, and is aimed at increasing the number of apprentices and trainees who complete their training.

Support is available to employers and also Group Training Organisations. For further information, visit the website or call 1800 673 097.

ReturnToWorkSA remuneration exemption

Employers may be entitled to a ReturnToWorkSA remuneration exemption for apprentices and/or trainees whom they employ.

  • Trainees who commenced after 23 May 2013 will not be exempt unless they are eligible trainees of a registered South Australian Group Training Organisation.
  • All apprentices are exempt.

For more information and full details of conditions visit the ReturnToWorkSA website or call 13 18 55.

Construction Industry Training Board

The SA Construction Industry Training Board provides support funding to employers who take on apprentices.

Visit the CITB website for information about:

  • On-Job Training Support
  • Trade School Support
  • Aboriginal Apprentice/Trainee Support and Mentoring.

Travel and accommodation allowances

If you have to travel more than 150km to get to and from your closest approved training provider, the SA State Government may contribute towards a portion of your travel and accommodation costs.

For more information and to apply for an allowance, visit the SA Government's Workready website.

TAS

TBCITB - Support for employers in the building and construction industries

The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) provides subsidies to support employers in the building and construction industry. 

For further information, contact the TBCITB on (03) 6223 7804.

Accommodation and travelling allowances for apprentices and trainees

Travel and accommodation allowances are payable to apprentices and trainees who work in Tasmania and are required to travel long distances either within Tasmania or interstate to attend their formal training.

Visit the Skills Tasmania website for further information.

WA

Construction Training Find grants

If you employ an apprentice through direct indenture or a group training scheme, the Construction Training Fund can provide grants of up to $19,000 to help reduce the cost of training.

For further information, visit the Construction Training Fund website.

Future Skills WA subsidised training places

Future Skills WA provides a guaranteed, subsidised training place for eligible students enrolled in courses that are deemed State priority qualifications, where a training place is available.

To find out whether you are eligible to receive a subsidised training place, visit the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development website.

Apprentice Travel and Accommodation Allowance (TAA)

Financial assistance is provided to contribute towards the travel and accommodation costs of eligible apprentices required to attend off-the-job training.

Visit the Concessions WA website for further details.

VIC

Trade apprentice registration discount

If you use your car for your work as an apprentice you may be eligible for discounts on your registration. 

To find out if you're eligible and how to apply, check out the Trade apprentice registration discount page on the VicRoads website.

Industry incentives

Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation

Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation

The ABBTF is offering a $3000 Brickstart subsidy, a $2000 incentive for employing a female apprentice, and a $2000 incentive for hiring an adult apprentice to employers that meet the eligibility requirements.

These incentives are in addition to what may already be available through the Australian Government's Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme.

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Construction Skills Queensland

Construction Skills Queensland

Construction Skills Queensland is committed to assisting the Queensland building and construction industry by providing industry-wide help with training, upskilling and funding.

CSQ’s programs focus on attracting, developing and retaining new entrants and existing workers within Queensland's construction industry.

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SA Construction Industry Training Board Support Funding

SA Construction Industry Training Board Support Funding

The South Australian Construction Industry Training Board is an industry owned and led, non-government agency.

The SA CITB provides support funding to employers who take on apprentices.

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Out of Trade Completion Bonus for Tasmanian employers

Out of Trade Completion Bonus for Tasmanian employers

The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) is providing a completion bonus for employers who sign up out of trade apprentices.

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Training incentive for employers who sign up an experienced apprentice

Training incentive for employers who sign up an experienced apprentice

The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) is providing a $6000 training incentive for employers who sign up people with 6+ years experience in the building and construction industry into an apprenticeship. Apprentices need to complete their training within 24 months.

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WA Construction Training Fund grants

WA Construction Training Fund grants

If you employ an apprentice through direct indenture or a group training scheme, the Construction Training Fund can provide grants of up to $19,000 to help reduce the cost of training.

For further information, visit the Construction Training Fund website.

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