Government Support

Standard Incentives

The Australian Government is committed to maintaining a skilled and flexible workforce that will continue to be relevant to Australia’s changing needs while retaining Australia’s international competitiveness as a trading nation.

As part of this commitment, the Australian Government provides a range of support through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme to encourage the continued training and development of a highly skilled Australian workforce.

Here is an idea of what employers may be eligible for:

  • Standard incentives of up to $4,000
  • Additional incentives may be available when employing individuals with a disability, Indigenous Australians, school-based or apprentices working in rural areas

Incentive payments are subject to eligibility criteria set out in the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme Guidelines. Contact AMAATS to discuss your circumstances.

Support for Australian Apprentices with Disability/ Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS)

The Government wishes to encourage employers to provide Australian Apprenticeships to people with disabilities who are able to participate in open employment with a level of suitable support and training.

This initiative provides wage support as an alternative to employer incentives, to employers who provide Australian Apprenticeships to people with disabilities.

A range of assistance is available to support Australian Apprentices with a disability, including Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support which is paid to employers, and assistance for a tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for apprentices.


National Skills Needs List (NSNL)

The National Skills Needs List identifies traditional trades that are experiencing a national skills shortage.

The list is based on detailed labour market research.

The NSNL is used to determine eligibility for several payments.

For a list of trades included on the NSNL view the


The Government will soon be reviewing the National Skills Needs List as part of its commitment to simplified and streamlined employer incentive payments.  See our New Initiatives Page for further information.

Support for Adult Australian Apprentices

Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) aims to remove barriers for Adult Australian Apprentices and to encourage up-skilling by adult workers through an Australian Apprenticeship.

An employer of an adult Australian Apprentice may be eligible to attract the SAAA payment where the Australian Apprentice is:

  • undertaking a full-time or part-time Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List at the date of commencement or recommencement; and
  • in receipt of an ‘actual wage’ paid by the employer at the date of commencement or recommencement which is equal to or greater than the National Minimum Wage (as defined and set by the Fair Work Commissioner).

To qualify as an ‘adult’, the Australian Apprentice must be:

  • aged 21 years or older, if the apprentice commenced on or after 1 July 2019;
  • aged 25 years or older, if the apprentice commenced prior to 1 July 2019.

For information regarding the National Minimum Wage, please see the Fair Work Commission website here.


Construction Training Fund

The CTF supports employers to reduce the cost of employing an apprentice or trainee in a range of construction occupations in WA. If you employ an apprentice or trainee, you may be eligible to receive a grant totalling up to $25,000 over the full term of the apprenticeship to help reduce the cost of training.

The CTF grants are in addition to current employer incentives provided by the Commonwealth Government.

For more information regarding the CTF, please visit their website here, or contact them on 9244 0100.