The Australian Government, in acknowledging the contribution people with disability make to their communities and workplaces, provides additional support to Australian Apprentices with disability to help them reach their full potential as skilled workers.
What support is available for Australian Apprentices with disability?
Australian Apprentices with disability and their employers may be eligible to receive additional assistance under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme.
A range of assistance is available to support Australian Apprentices with disability, including Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support which is paid to employers, and assistance for tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for apprentices.
Assistance is also available through the Employment Assistance Fund which helps people with disability and mental health condition by providing assistance to purchase a range of work related modifications and services. Employers can access the scheme via JobAccess through Disability Employment Services or jobactive organisations.
This assistance is intended to help the Australian Apprentice with disability, either directly, or indirectly through their employer, to reach their full potential as a skilled worker and to ensure that they are not excluded from participation in the Programme.
What is Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support?
Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) is an Australian Government incentive payable to an employer who employs an Australian Apprentice who satisfies the disability eligibility criteria outlined in the Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Programme.
This wage support is also available to an employer who employs an Australian Apprentice who becomes disabled during their apprenticeship or traineeship.
How are tutorial, interpreter and mentor services provided?
Tutorial, interpreter and mentor services are available to Australian Apprentices who have been assessed as eligible for DAAWS and who require additional assistance with their off-the-job training.
The Occupational Assessment supports the provision of additional assistance and the Registered Training Organisation proposes specific additional assistance related to their off-the-job training.
Only Registered Training Organisations that provides these services to Australian Apprentices that meet the DAAWS eligibility criteria are able to attract financial assistance. The Australian Apprentice must be experiencing difficulty with the off-the-job training component of their Australian Apprenticeship because of that disability.
Where can I find out more?
For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider . Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.
Information on apprentice workplace rights and conditions can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website fairwork.gov.au or by calling the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94