Financial Incentives and Payments for Apprentices and Trainees | Sarina Russo

Payments for Apprentices & Trainees

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way to earn while you learn! In addition to any wage your employer pays, there are a number of financial incentives and allowances for apprentices and trainees.

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When you need to move from home for work


The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is a payment for apprentices who need to move out of their parent or legal guardian’s home for the first time to:

  • start an apprenticeship/traineeship
  • remain in an apprenticeship/traineeship
  • receive essential on-the-job training with another employer


The LAFHA is available for Australian apprentices and trainees in the first 3 years of either a full or part-time apprenticeship, or a school-based apprenticeship.

Apprentices who are homeless, or become homeless during their apprenticeship or traineeship, can also receive assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.

You will NOT be eligible for the Living Away From Home Allowance if you:

  • have lodged a claim for Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY and the claim is still current;
  • receive rental or accommodation assistance from Centrelink, or free or subsidised accommodation from your employer; or
  • moved out of your parental or legal guardian’s home more than 3 months before starting your apprenticeship/traineeship

Reach out to our team at Sarina Russo Apprenticeships for more information about the Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA). We can determine your eligibility and help you complete and submit your LAFHA for Australian Apprentices form.

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