The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive is a payment that is available to employers to encourage the up-skilling of adult workers through an Australian Apprenticeship. An employer of an adult Australian Apprentice may be eligible to attract Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments where the Australian Apprentice is:

  • aged 25 or over when they commence their Australian Apprenticeship; and
  • undertaking a Certificate III or IV level qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL); and
  • in receipt of an ‘actual wage’ paid by the employer at the date of commencement which is equal to or greater than the National Minimum Wage; and
  • meets the eligibility criteria outlined in the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program.


The National Minimum Wage is set by the Fair Work Commission and may change from time to time. Further information about the National Minimum Wage rate can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payment counts as income for taxation purposes. To work out exactly how it could affect your tax, you can talk to the Australian Tax Office on 13 28 61, or speak to an accountant or a registered tax agent.

For further information please refer to the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices fact sheet or talk to an Apprenticeship Network Provider.

Please note that the apprentice payment of Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments ceased from 1 July 2015.