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Apprenticeship Wage Subsidies & Incentives

It’s never been easier to register an apprentice or trainee. Discover which government-funded wage subsidies and apprenticeship incentives you may be eligible to receive for hiring an apprentice or trainee in your business.

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Employer Incentives for Apprentices and Trainees

To provide more pathways into employment, the Australian government is providing a number of apprenticeship incentives for employers to increase apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities across Australia.

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships are contracted to deliver Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) services, to help employers confirm eligibility and access suitable apprenticeship incentives.  Our team of local industry consultants will simplify the process and ensure all incentives are processed as a priority.

There are a variety of Federal Government and State Government incentives available for employers.  

Once your apprentice’s training contract has been approved, you can track your claims progress and payments through our online Employer Portal.

Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System

AAIS

For Training Contracts with a start date of 01/07/2022 or later, employers may be eligible for incentives under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System.

Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System wage subsidy

For Training Contracts with a start date of 01/07/2022 or later, the Priority Wage Subsidy is available to employers of apprentices and trainees that are undertaking a Certificate III or higher qualification in a Priority Occupation as listed on the on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.

The Priority Wage Subsidy will reimburse 10 percent of wages for the first and second year (up to $1,500 per quarter and a maximum of $6,000 per year), and 5 percent of wages for the third year (up to $750 per quarter and a maximum of $3,000 per year).

Hiring Incentive

For Training Contracts with a start date of 01/07/2022 or later, the Hiring Incentive is available for employers of apprentices and trainees who are undertaking a Certificate II qualification in any occupation, or a Certificate III or higher level qualification which is not on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.

The Hiring Incentive is made up of two payments in the first year following the commencement or recommencement of the apprenticeship or traineeship. The payment amount will depend on whether the apprenticeship or traineeship is full-time or part-time:

  • Full-time apprentices and trainees will attract two instalments of $1,750 (for a total of $3,500), these will be available 6 & 12 months from the date of commencement or recommencement
  • Part-time apprentices and trainees will attract two instalments of $875 (for a total of $1,750), these will be available 6 & 12 months from the date of commencement or recommencement

Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Program

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program (AAIP) closed to new entrants on 30/06/2022.  It was replaced by the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives System (AAIS) for new apprenticeships and traineeships starting from 01/07/2022.

Under the AAIP, there are various incentives ranging from $750 to $4000, as well as the BAC wage subsidy, that may be available for eligible employers across a range of pathways, including the National Skills Needs List, Priority and Non-Priority occupations.

Where the Training Contract start date of the apprenticeship or traineeship is up to 30/06/2022, incentive eligibility will be determined by the AAIP:

  • The incentives under the AAIP will remain available while the apprenticeship or traineeship is still active with the same employer; and
  • Where an apprenticeship or traineeship which was eligible under the AAIP is suspended or cancelled after 01/07/2022 and it resumed with the same employer within 6 months, then it will remain eligible under the AAIP.
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Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) & Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) Wage Subsidies

National apprentice subsidies and incentives for employers

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy is worth up to $28,000 over a 12 month period. It is designed to finance 50% of your apprentice or trainee’s wages to the maximum amount of $7000 per quarter. This subsidy is available for apprentice or trainee commencements up until 30 June 2022.

After the first 12-months of BAC support, employers will be eligible to transition to the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) wage subsidy for the second and third years of an apprenticeship or traineeship. Under CAC, employers will receive a 10% wage subsidy for the second year up to $1500 a quarter and then a 5% wage subsidy for the third year up to $750 a quarter.

Important information The way you claim your Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements subsidy is changing.

From April 2022 the way you receive your BAC subsidy claims form, lodge your claim and receive payment will be directly from government using your digital profile.   Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Claims for Period 6 (1 January -31 March 2022) will now be issued directly to employers by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.   Your BAC 6  claim should be issued to you over the coming weeks.

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Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment

The Additional Identified Skills Shortage incentive is only available for eligible Training Contracts under the AAIP. Eligible employers in 10 occupations identified as having a skills shortage can receive $4,000 of payments over the duration of the apprenticeship. Additional payments for eligible Australian apprentices are also available.

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Support for Adult Australian Apprentices

The Support for Adult Australian Apprenticeship incentive is only available for eligible Training Contracts under the AAIP. Receive $4000 for eligible adult or mature aged Australian apprentices who successfully complete 12 months of training in an occupation identified on the National Skills Needs List. Eligibility also requires that apprentices have been paid at, or above, the national minimum wage in place at the start of their apprenticeship.

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Assistance for Australian Apprentices with a Disability

DAAWS

Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) is available for employers who sign up, or currently employ, eligible apprentices with a disability. Additional services include tutorial, interpreter and mentoring to support apprentices with off-the-job training. 

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Employment Assistance Fund

The Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) provides employers with financial assistance to fund workplace modifications to support trainees or apprentices with a disability.

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Brickstart Subsidy

The Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) is offering eligible employers up to $1,000 per year for the first 3 years an apprentice successfully completing each stage of their training with the nominated Registered Training Organisation.

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Support for Apprentices and Trainees

Trade Support Loan

Your apprentice or trainee may be eligible for a Trade Support Loan (TSL) to help them with expenses while completing their qualification.

Visit our Apprentice Incentives page for more information about this and other subsidies your apprentice or trainee may be eligible to receive.

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Queensland

State-based apprentice subsidies and incentives for employers

Employers of apprentices and trainees in Queensland may be eligible for:

  • Back to Work Program - one-off incentive payments of up to $20,000 for recruiting eligible unemployed jobseekers in regional Queensland
  • Contribution to the cost of training for priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications:
    • Free apprenticeships for under 25s
    • User Choice
  • Apprentice Discount - insurance discounts on workers’ compensation premium for apprentices
  • Payroll Tax rebate - full exemptions for all wages paid to registered apprentices and new worker trainees. A 50% wage rebate is also available for apprentice and trainee wages exempt from payroll tax
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New South Wales

State-based apprentice subsidies and incentives for employers

For NSW, employer incentives for apprentices include:

  • Reduced Workers’ Compensation Insurance premiums
  • Payroll tax rebates
  • Free help through Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS) to connect employers with apprentices and trainees who have recently lost their job
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Victoria

State-based apprentice subsidies and incentives for employers

In Victoria, employers may be eligible to receive:

  • Payroll tax exemption for wages paid to re-employed apprentices and trainees.
  • Reduced WorkCover premiums for eligible apprenticeships and traineeships
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Contact the team at Sarina Russo Apprenticeships to discover which trainee and apprentice subsidy incentives your business may be eligible to receive.  
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