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Financial Programs

The Australian Government provides a number of incentives to eligible apprentices and employers.

Current incentives include:

  • Commencement incentives
  • Recommencement incentives
  • Completion incentives
  • Additional Identified Skills Shortage payment
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive
  • Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
  • Mature Aged Worker incentives
  • Australian School-based Apprenticeship incentive
  • Trade Support Loans

Detailed information about Australian Government incentives is available in the Summary of the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

For information about incentives you may be eligible for see Australian Apprentices Incentives, or the Employer Incentives pages.

Your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provider will help you with all aspects of these incentives, including assessing your eligibility.

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (the Program)

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program contains a range of employer incentives and personal benefits.

Payments are subject to eligibility criteria as set out in the Program Guidelines and appendices.

Further information for Employers about Single Touch Payroll is provided in the Single Touch Payroll Factsheet.

For incentives under the Program, an Apprenticeship Network provider must find you eligible.

See the Summary of the Program for a full list of incentives you may be eligible for.

Australian Apprenticeships Priority List (AAPL)

The Australian Apprenticeships Priority List (AAPL) identifies trade, community and personal services occupations identified as experiencing national skills shortage.

The AAPL is based on the Skills Priority List published by the National Skills Commission.

The AAPL is used to determine eligibility for employer and apprentice support under the Australian Apprenticeship Incentives System which will replace the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program on 1 July 2022.

For a list of occupations included on the AAPL view the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List Fact Sheet.

The AAPL is based on the Skills Priority List published by the National Skills Commission in June 2021. Stakeholder input to the Review of the National Skills Needs list was considered by the National Skills Commission in the development of the NSC’s Skills Priority List.

Please note:

This website has information on Australian Government programs and payments only. Your state or territory government may have their own programs and payments to help you. Visit your respective state or territory government website (PDF) for information about their programs.

Where can I find more information?

For information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider.