An employer of an adult Australian Apprentice may be eligible to attract Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments 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.

The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments are made to the employer dependent on the actual wage paid to the Australian Apprentice.

The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payment counts as income for taxation purposes. To work out exactly how it could affect your tax, you can talk to the Tax Office on 13 28 61, or speak to an accountant or a registered tax agent.

For further information please refer to the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices fact sheet.

Please note that the apprentice payment of Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments will be removed from 1 July 2015. Payments that fall due before this date will still be paid.