Available incentives

By employing an Australian Apprentice you benefit from well-trained and motivated staff and you may also be eligible for Commonwealth and State Government incentives, including:

State Funding

Workcover Exemption

Remuneration paid to eligible apprentices is excluded from the calculation of their employers’ levy.  This incentive will assist skills creation in South Australia by encouraging employers to take on trainees and apprentices.

For more information please visit  www.workcover.com or call 13 18 15.

Commonwealth Funding

Incentives for Employers

Standard, Additional and Special incentives

Employers of Australian Apprentices may be eligible to claim commencement and completion incentive payments of up to $4,000 for employing an Australian Apprentice (subject to meeting the required eligibility criteria).

There is also a range of additional incentives available to employers of an Australian Apprentice including the:

  • Declared Drought area incentive;
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive;
  • Mature Aged Worker incentive.


Australian School-based Apprenticeships Incentive

Employers may be eligible for a $750 commencement incentive for employing an Australian Apprentice in an endorsed Australian School-based Apprenticeship at the Certificate II to IV level and $750 for continuing to employ the young person after the student has completed Year 12.

Support for Adult Australian Apprentices

The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices initiative provides financial support to Australian Apprentices ortheir employer where the Australian Apprentice is aged 25 years or over at the commencement of their Australian Apprenticeship, and is completing an Australian Apprenticeship at the Certificate III or IV level in a occupation experiencing a skills shortage.

Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS)

A wage subsidy may apply for Australian Apprentices with a disability. Ask your Business SA Consultant for more information.

Incentives for Australian Apprentices

Tools for Your Trade Initiative

The Tools For Your Trade payments are available to Australian Apprentices who are undertaking a Certificate 3 or 4 qualification leading to a trade occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List.

The Tools For Your Trade payments are five tax exempt cash payments totalling up to $5500 and are provided to support Australian Apprentices with the costs of their training, purchases of relevant tools, and other costs associated with their Australian Apprenticeship.

Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA)

Australian Apprentices may be eligible for assistance if they are homeless, or if they have had to move away from the family home to commence or remain in an Australian Apprenticeship.

LAFHA is paid at the rate of $77.17 per week for the first 12 months of eligibility and $38.59 per week for the second 12 months of eligibility from 1 July 2003.

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