Funding to employ apprentices

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides employers with incentives to employ an apprentice.

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides:

  • a range of financial incentives to Australian employers to offer apprenticeship opportunities
  • a living away from home allowance (LAFHA) to apprentices who need to move away from their parent’s home to take up or retain an Australian apprenticeship.

The incentive payments are based on a skill shortages list of trades as well as a set of high-priority occupations.

Find out about eligibility and how to apply at Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

The incentive payments to employers are based on the apprenticeship certificate level completed. The majority of incentive payments are one-off and paid annually at the end of the year. Payments range from $750 to $4000, depending on the incentive. Payments to offer apprenticeship opportunities to apprentices with a disability are paid weekly.

Free advice and support are available to both employers and apprentices through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • employ an Australian apprentice at Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level
  • have a training contract with your apprentice.

Each incentive payment has a set of criteria which need to be met in order to receive the payment.

Source: Australian Government