Employing an Australian Apprentice can give your business real benefits and contribute to your bottom line. 

You can employ an Australian Apprentice part-time, full-time or while they are still at school.

Mature-aged and adult Australian Apprentices re-entering the workforce or making a career change bring a wide range of experience, workplace and life skills to your business.

When hiring an Australian Apprentice, you can negotiate timing and location of off-the-job training to meet your business needs.

Before you decide to employ an apprentice read about hiring employees and taking on an apprentice.

When you are ready to employ an apprentice, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provider.

Apprenticeship Network providers give advice and help with recruiting, training and retaining Australian Apprentices.

Financial incentives

There are government incentives of up to $20,500 to help you hire an eligible apprentice.

These incentives include, but are not limited to:

Wage subsidy/incentive Amount
Restart Wage Subsidy (available through jobactive) $10,000
Commencement incentive $1,500
Completion incentive $2,500
Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive $1,000
Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive $4,000
Mature Aged Worker commencement incentive $750
Mature Aged Worker completion incentive $750

To receive the maximum financial incentive, the employer of the Australian Apprentice or the apprentice must be found eligible for each incentive.

For incentives under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program, an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider must determine eligibilty.

For the Restart wage subsidy, the Australian Apprentice must be found eligible through jobactive. Find a jobactive provider near you.

For a list of Australian Government incentives please see the summary of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

From 1 January 2019, the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy will support apprenticeships in skills need occupations in rural and regional areas and encourage participation in apprenticeships by employers who have not previously engaged apprentices, as well as re-engaging employers who may have disengaged from the system. The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy is available to employers who sign-up and commence a new worker Australian Apprentice from 1 January 2019 and until 1630 sign-ups have occurred. For more information see The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy document.

Watch and read stories of employers who have successfully taken on apprentices.