On 31 October 2018, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, announced a trial apprentice wage subsidy to support regional and rural businesses.
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.
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.
Employers who employ a new worker Australian Apprentice undertaking a full-time Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List in a rural and regional workplace may be eligible. The Australian Apprentice must be employed under the relevant Award (modern award) for their occupation.
The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy provides support in the first three years of an Australian Apprenticeship as follows:
- 75 per cent of the first year award wage;
- 50 per cent of the second year award wage;
- 25 per cent of the third year award wage.
The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy is in addition to the suite of employer incentives available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.
The department is keen to hear your views on the trial apprentice wage subsidy. Following the announcement on 31 October 2018, a number of stakeholders have provided comments to the department on the broad eligibility requirements for the trial and the department is now seeking further feedback prior to finalising the program guidelines. Feedback can be provided by Tuesday, 20 November 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org