Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) incentive aims to encourage up-skilling adult workers through Australian Apprenticeships.
You may be eligible to attract SAAA payments where your Australian Apprentice is:
- aged 25 or over* when they start their Australian Apprenticeship
- undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL)
- in receipt of a wage at the date of commencement that is equal to or greater than the National Minimum Wage
- meets the eligibility criteria outlined in the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program.
* from 1 July 2019 SAAA may be payable if your apprentice is aged 21 years or over when they start their Australian Apprenticeship.
To determine your eligibility and to apply for the SAAA contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.
Assistance for Australian Apprentices with disability
The Australian Government provides additional support to Australian Apprentices with disability through the Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS).
DAAWS is payable to employers who employ apprentices who meet the eligibility criteria.
DAAWS is also available to employers whose apprentice becomes disabled during their apprenticeship.
To determine your eligibility and to apply for the DAAWS contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider.
Help is also available through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF).
The EAF gives financial aid to eligible people so they can buy work related modifications, equipment, help and services.
Employers can access the EAF through Disability Employment Services or jobactive organisations.
Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy
From 1 January 2019, the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy was made available to support rural and regional apprenticeships in skills need careers.
This subsidy was capped at 1,630 sign-ups and almost now fully subscribed. Places are still available in Queensland and the Northern Territory through Group Training Organisations.
The apprentice must be:
- studying a full-time
- undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification
- studying a qualification that leads to an occupation on the National Skills Needs List
- be employed under the relevant Award for their occupation.