The objective of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme is to contribute to the development of a highly skilled and relevant Australian workforce that supports economic sustainability and competitiveness.

This is achieved by:

  • providing genuine opportunities for skills-based training and development of employees by providing incentives to employers who employ eligible Australian Apprentices; and
  • encouraging people to enter into skills-based training through an Australian Apprenticeship by providing personal benefits.

The Programme contains a range of employer incentives and personal benefits which are detailed below.

Payment of incentives and personal benefits is subject to employers and Australian Apprentices satisfying eligibility criteria as set out in the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme Guidelines.

Incentives

Employer incentives

There are a number of incentives currently available to eligible employers of Australian Apprentices. Each incentive payment has a number of eligibility criteria that will be assessed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provider.

Current incentives:

More detailed information is available in the Summary of the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme information sheets.

Personal benefits for Australian Apprentices

The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is an allowance for eligible Australian Apprentices of any age who have moved away from their parents’ or guardian’ home in order to take up or retain an Australian Apprenticeship.

Australian Apprentice may also be eligible to receive the allowance if they are undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship and are or become, homeless.

LAFHA is payable to eligible Australian Apprentices and has eligibility criteria that will be assessed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

More detailed information is available in the Summary of the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme information sheets.

Trade Support Loans

In order to support Australian Apprentices and help them to meet everyday costs whilst they undertake their training, eligible apprentices will be able to apply for Trade Support Loans. These loans provide up to $20,000 worth of income contingent loans and are paid monthly in arrears.

Apprentices will not have to repay the loans until they are earning an income above the minimum repayment threshold. In order to maintain the real value of the loans, the loan amount will be indexed according to the Consumer Price Index.

Apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship will receive a 20% discount on their loan amount.

National Skills Needs List

The National Skills Needs List identifies trades that are deemed to be in national skill shortage.

The National Skills Needs List is used to determine eligibility for the following employer incentives available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme:

You can download a copy of the National Skills Needs List.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers

Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to deliver Australian Apprenticeships support services, which includes providing information and assistance to employers, Australian Apprentices and other interested people, marketing and promoting Australian Apprenticeships and administering the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme.

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.

Further Australian Government assistance available for Australian Apprentices

Australian Apprentices may also be eligible to access fortnightly payments delivered by Centrelink including:

  • Youth Allowance for Australian Apprentices aged 16-24;
  • Austudy for Australian Apprentices aged 25 and over; and
  • ABSTUDY for Australian Apprentices of any age and who are Indigenous Australians.

Further information about these payments is available from Centrelink on 13 36 33 or www.centrelink.gov.au