The Australian Government, in acknowledging the contribution people with disability make to their communities and workplaces, provides additional support to Australian Apprentices with disability to help them reach their full potential as skilled workers.
What support is available for Australian Apprentices with disability?
Australian Apprentices with disability and their employers may be eligible to receive additional assistance under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme.
A range of assistance is available to support Australian Apprentices with disability, including Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support which is paid to employers, and assistance for tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for apprentices.
Assistance is also available through the Employment Assistance Fund which helps people with disability and mental health condition by providing assistance to purchase a range of work related modifications and services. Employers can access the scheme via JobAccess or through Disability Employment Services or jobactive organisations.
This assistance is intended to help the Australian Apprentice with disability, either directly, or indirectly through their employer, to reach their full potential as a skilled worker and to ensure that they are not excluded from participation in the Programme.
What is Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support?
Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) is an Australian Government incentive payable to an employer who employs an Australian Apprentice who satisfies the disability eligibility criteria in an Australian Apprenticeship.
This wage support is also available to an employer who employs an Australian Apprentice who becomes disabled during their apprenticeship or traineeship.
How are tutorial, interpreter and mentor services provided?
Tutorial, interpreter and mentor services are available to Australian Apprentices who have been assessed as eligible for DAAWS and who require additional assistance with their off-the-job training.
This form of assistance is payable only to the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in respect of an Australian Apprentice eligible for DAAWS where the Australian Apprentice is experiencing difficulty with the off-the-job training component of their Australian Apprenticeship because of that disability.
The Occupational Assessment supports the provision of additional assistance and the RTO proposes specific additional assistance related to off-the-job training.
Payments for these services are made directly to the RTO providing or facilitating the service.
Winner of the 2014 Disability Training Initiative Award*
Australian Training Awards
Train2Learn provides nationally recognised training in foundation skills, food processing and warehousing for people with a range of disabilities.
“Train2Learn endeavours to ensure every Australian is given the chance to be a part of society. Our passion, determination and willingness to be robust and flexible in an ever changing sphere of education, job services and national policy is the foundation of our organisation,” Kevin Hall, Train2 Learn’s Business Development Manager said.
More than 300 clients with disability have been supported to return to work by Train2Learn and its partners.
“The stories of our clients overcoming intergenerational unemployment because of education and employment are really inspirational,” Kevin said.
*Named the Disability Training – Employer Award from 2015.
Where can I find out more?
For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.
Information on apprentice workplace rights and conditions can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website fairwork.gov.au or by calling the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94