Support for Adult Australians

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What is the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative?

The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative provides financial support to an eligible Australian Apprentice or their employer through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

The purpose of the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative is to remove barriers for Adult Australian Apprentices and to encourage up-skilling by adult workers through an Australian Apprenticeship.

The purpose of the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative is to remove barriers for Adult Australian Apprentices and to encourage up-skilling by adult workers through an Australian Apprenticeship.

Who is eligible for Support for Adult Apprenticeship Payments?

An Australian Apprentice may be eligible to attract the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative payments for either themselves or their employer where:

  • the Australian Apprentice is aged 25 years and over when they commence their Australian Apprenticeship; and
  • the qualification being undertaken is at the Certificate III or IV level and leads to an occupation that is on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL); and
  • they meet the eligibility criteria.

Who will get the Support for Adult Australian Apprentice payments?

The recipient of the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments is determined based on the actual wage paid to the Australian Apprentice.

To discuss eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative, please contact your Australian Apprenticeships Centre.

How do I apply for Support for Adult Australian Apprentice payments?

Australian Apprenticeships Centres are contracted by the Australian Government to administer the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative payments as part of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

Your Australian Apprenticeships Centre will be able to determine eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative and assist with making a claim.

How much are Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments?

To receive the SAAA payment, you must be studying for a Certificate III or IV.

  • For first year full-time or the first two years part-time: $150/$75 per week, up to $7,800.
  • For second year full-time or the second two years part-time: $100/$50 per week up to $5,200.
  • Employers receive $4,000.

I am an adult apprentice. Where do I get information on my SAAA payment and dates?

For information on your SAAA payments and dates, contact your Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC).

How will tax affect my Support for Adult Australian Apprentice payments?

Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments are paid under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. The Australian Taxation Office treats these payments as assessable income.

Where the Australian Apprentice is the recipient, the withholding rates for taxation that will be applied to these payments are:

  • 16.5 per cent where the Australian Apprentice has indicated that their annual income does not exceed $ 30 000; and
  • 31.5 per cent where the Australian Apprentice has indicated that their annual income does exceed $ 30 000.

Australian Apprentices who are deemed to be the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices recipient must complete a Tax File Number Declaration. A copy of the Tax File Number Declaration can be obtained by phoning the Australian Taxation Office on 1300 720 092 or from selected newsagents.

Where an Australian Apprentice chooses not to submit a Tax File Number 46.5 per cent of each payment will be withheld. Tax File Number information will only be used or disclosed in accordance with taxation, assistance agency or superannuation law. If an Australian Apprentice is in receipt of Centrelink benefits then this income must be declared to Centrelink.

For information on the treatment of the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments in relation to Centrelink benefits, phone Centrelink on 13 36 33. Where the employer is the recipient and they provide their Australian Business Number (ABN), the Department of Industry, will not withhold tax from their Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments.

The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments must be declared in accordance with the usual arrangements for declaring income to the Tax Office. Where an employer chooses not to provide an ABN they will be subject to the withholding requirements of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and 46.5 per cent of each payment will be withheld and remitted to the Australian Taxation Office.

For further information on the tax treatment of the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments in relation to your individual circumstances contact your accountant, tax adviser or the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 61.

Where can I find more information about the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices Initiative?

For more information about Australian Apprenticeships visit your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73.

For information about the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative, see the Summary of the Australian Government Incentives under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program fact sheet which is available on the Publications page.

Information on apprentice workplace rights and conditions can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website or by calling the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

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