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.
Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) aims to remove barriers for Adult Australian Apprentices (aged 25 or over) and to encourage up-skilling by adult workers through an Australian Apprenticeship.
An employer of an adult Australian Apprentice may be eligible to attract a Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payment where the Australian Apprentice is:
- aged 25 or over when they commence their Australian Apprenticeship; and
- undertaking a Certificate III or IV level qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL); and
- in receipt of an ‘actual wage’ paid by the employer at the date of commencement which is equal to or greater than the National Minimum Wage; and
- meets the eligibility criteria outlined in the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program
For information regarding the National Minimum Wage, please see the Fair Work 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.