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Financial incentives and benefits for Australian Apprenticeships

MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre provides an online service for its customers to track the progress of incentive payments, download forms and track the status of training for the apprentice or trainee. The MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre Online service - MAACO - can be accessed via the home page link or by following this MAACO link.

 Australian Apprenticeships Support Network

 

Financial incentives for training staff and for employing apprentices or trainees


If you directly employ an Australian Apprentice (apprentice or trainee), your business may be eligible for Australian Government financial incentives; and current employees may be able to access training and financial incentives in certain circumstances. MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centres administer and facilitate those payments.

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program contains a range of incentives and personal benefits, inlcuding:

  • standard incentives
  • special and additional incentives and personal benefits where the Australian Apprentice is undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship leading to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List and
  • other special and additional incentives and personal benefits.

Please refer to the table 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 Program Guidelines.

These incentives can change from time to time and eligibility criteria applies in order to receive them. MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre staff are able to advise which incentives are relevant to your industry and business and for which you are eligible. There is no charge involved in gaining advice from MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre as it is a government funded service.

In addition to the Federal Government incentives and benefits, State Governments focussing on local skills shortages may also provide benefits as an encouragement to employ Australian Apprentices. These benefits vary depending on market needs to stimulate the economy. MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre staff will advise you of funding for which you may be eligible.

 Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

 

National Skills Needs List

The National Skills Needs List identifies trades that are deemed to be in national skill shortage based on research conducted by the Australian government.

It is used to determine elibigility for incentives and personal benefits available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

For more information and assistance regarding Australian Apprenticeships, including eligibility advice on payments available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, call MEGT on 13 MEGT (13 6348) or email AACinfo@megt.com.au

This information is current as at 22 October 2014.

*Conditions apply for all incentives listed below.

 

 Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

 

Australian Government Incentives

Standard employer incentives
    Paid at (waiting periods apply)
Description Commencement Recommencement Completion
New workers as Australian Apprentices
Certificate II In a nominated equity group1(full-time and part-time placements) $1,250 nil nil
Certificate III/IV All eligible occupations2 (Full-time only) $1,500 $750 $2,500
Australian Apprenticeships in a NSNL3 occupation or AS-bA4 (full-time and part-time placements)  $1,500  $750  $2,500
Part-time Apprenticeships5 nil nil $1,500
Diploma/Advanced Diploma In Aged Care, Child Care, Disability Care Workers6 or Enrolled Nurses sectors (full-time and part-time placements) $1,500 $750 $2,500
Existing workers
Certificate III/IV In a NSNL3 occupation
(full-time and part-time placements)
$1,500 $750 $2,500
In Aged Care, Child Care, Disability Care Workers6 or Enrolled Nurses sectors
(full-time only)
nil nil $3,000
Part-time Australian Apprenticeships
in Aged Care, Child Care,
Disability Care Workers6
or Enrolled Nurses sectors
nil nil $1,500
Diploma/Advanced Diploma In Aged Care, Child Care,
Disability Care Workers6 or
Enrolled Nurses sectors
(full-time and part-time placements)
nil nil $3,000

Special and additional incentives and personal benefits
    Paid at (waiting periods apply)
Description Commencement Recommencement Completion
GTO Completion
Certificate II
Paid to Group Training
Organisations for nominated
equity groups only1
nil nil $1,000
Declared Drought Areas
Certificate II
Paid to employers7 in Declared
Drought Areas for nominated
equity groups only1
$1,500 nil $1,500
Mature Age Wage Subsidy
All AQF levels
Paid to employers of Mature Aged Workers (aged 45 or over) $750 nil $750
Australian School-based
Apprenticeships (ASbA)
All AQF levels
Paid to employers $750 nil $750 (as retention
payment)

Further special and additional incentives and personal benefits
  Amount Paid at
Assistance for Australian
Apprentices with Disability
Paid to the employer $104.30 Per week – Wage Support8
Paid to Registered Training
Organisation. Paid for
off-the-job tutorial, Mentor
and Interpreter
Assistance
$38.50 Per hour (up to $5,500 per year)
Living Away From
Home Allowance
Paid to the Australian
Apprentice

(Find out about the effects on taxation.)
$77.17 Per week 1st year rate
$38.59 Per week 2nd year rate
$25.00 Per week 3rd year rate

Special and additional incentives and personal benefits where the Australian Apprentice
is undertaking a Certificate III or IV level qualification leading to an occupation listed on the NSNL3
  Amount Paid at
Support for
Adult Australian Apprentices
(aged 25 or over)










Paid to the Australian Apprentice9






or

$150 per week
(up to $7,800)
First year full-time
$75 per week,
(up to $7,800)
First two years part-time
$100 per week
(up to $5,200)
Second year full-time
$50 per week
(up to $5,200)
Second two years part-time
Paid to the employer9 $4,000 One-off payment payable at
12 months
Rural and Regional
Skills Shortage
Paid to the employer $1,000 Paid at commencement
(waiting periods apply)

  

Other support for the Australian Apprentice
Amount Paid at

Trade Support Loans

(subject to approved application)

Paid to the Australian Apprentice undertaking Cert III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the Trade Support Loans Priority List
or
Cert II-IV agricultural qualification
or
Cert II-IV horticulture qualification in rural or regional Australia.
Up to $20,000 (lifetime limit)

Paid monthly over the term of the Australian Apprenticeship

Find out more.

Tools For Your Trade
Payments

The Tools for Your Trade Payment initiative ceased on 1 July 2014. Any scheduled payments due on or before 30 June 2014 will still be paid. Any payments scheduled for 1 July 2014 or onwards will not be paid.

Find out more.


KEY

1 Nominated equity groups

  • Indigenous Australians
  • Australian Apprentices with a disability
  • Australian School-based Apprentices
  • Mature aged Australian Apprentices (45+)
  • Australian Apprentices working in a rural or remote area
  • Job seekers with severe barriers to employment (Job Services Australia Stream 4 clients)

2 Eligible occupations are determined subject to meeting Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP) Guidelines.
3 NSNL is an occupation on the National Skills Needs List.
4 AS-bA is an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.
5 Where the Australian Apprentice does not meet the part-time eligibility criteria listed in the other completion incentive rates.
6 The inclusion of Disability Care Workers as a priority area for all Certificate levels including Diploma and Advanced Diploma effective 1 July 2013.
7 Available to primary producers who hold a current Exceptional Circumstances Certificate.
8 Part-time paid at a proportion of the full-time rate.
9 The recipient of SAAA is determined based on the 'actual base wage'* paid to the Australian Apprentice at the date of commencement or recommencement.
*The National Minimum Wage is set by Fair Work Australia and may change from time to time.

Employers and Australian Apprentices entering into a Training Contract may be eligible for a range of Australian Government employer incentives and personal benefits. Payments available are payable in respect of an Australian Apprentice whose employment and training arrangements are formally approved by the State Training Authority and the criteria for the payment is met.

Criteria apply for all incentives. Information current as at 22 October 2014. *Conditions apply, eligibility criteria apply.
This is a guide only and subject to change without notice
.

 

 Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

 

State Government assistance

 STATE  EMPLOYER BENEFIT  DETAILS
NEW SOUTH WALES Exemption from Workers Compensation Insurance premiums – Apprentices

Employers may receive exemptions from workers compensation premiums for their apprentices through the Apprentice Incentive Scheme. This
exemption is not
available to employers of trainees.
Visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au for more information.

 
  Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS )

Apprentices and trainees in skills shortages occupations and affected by economic downturn may register their details for a free job matching service. They may also be entitled to financial assistance up to a maximum of $2,500 to relocate to or from a regional area to continue their apprenticeship or traineeship. Visit www.training.nsw.gov.au and www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.

   Payroll tax rebates
The Office of State Revenue administers an
offset rebate scheme for approved apprentices
and new entrant trainees. Rebates are provided
by allowing the amount of the rebate to be offset
against monthly payroll tax payments.
Visit www.osr.nsw.gov.au for more information

 STATE  APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT  DETAILS
NEW SOUTH WALES  Travel concessions Eligible first, second and third year apprentices
and new entrant trainees
may be entitled to a
Transport
Concession Card. More information is
available at
www.training.nsw.gov.au
  Rebate on car registration for apprentices First and second year apprentices may be elibigle
to receive a $100 rebate on their car registration.
Visit
www.rta.nsw.gov.au
Continuing apprentice placement service Apprentices and trainees in skills shortages
occupations and affected by economic downturn
may register their details for a free job matching
service. Visit www.training.nsw.gov.au and
www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au
The Way Ahead Program for Aboriginal People

The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People mentoring
program is a free service f
or Aboriginal apprentices and trainees who need additional support in the
workplace. Visit www.training.nsw.gov.au
for more information.

Travel and accommodation assistance Apprentices and new entrant trainees may be
eligible for travel and
accommodation assistance
if they
need to travel more than 120 kms round
trip to attend day or block release with their
registered training organisation.
More information
is available at
www.training.nsw.gov.au

Trade Readiness program

 

TAFE NSW provides a five day ‘Trade Readiness’ program to help young people make informed decisions about which apprenticeship is right for them.
For more information, please visit
http://www.nsw.gov.au/news/new-tafe-program-to-help-apprentices

Smart and Skilled program

From 1 January 2015 eligible students will be entitled to subsidised training in priority skill areas up to and including Certificate III with approved training providers. More information about Smart and Skilled is available at: www.training.nsw.gov.au/vet/skills_reform/index.html.

Regional scholarship - NSW Country Apprentice Scholarships

A Scholarship is available in NSW to provide financial assistance to eligible country NSW apprentices to support their apprenticeship training.  At least 10 Scholarships are awarded each year.  At least two of these are awarded to apprentices of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.
$5,000 for each year the apprentice is completing training to a maximum of $15,000.
Eligibility includes apprentices who are:

  • in the 1st year of an approved apprenticeship
  • resident in country NSW for the term of their apprenticeship
  • whose apprenticeship is registered in NSW under the Apprenticeship & Traineeship Act 2001
  • preferably working in a skill shortage category in NSW and or the apprentice’s local area.

Nominations close 30th April each calendar year. Contact your local MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre for more information.

Mentoring support MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centres
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.

STATE EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
ACT Payroll Tax exemptions To find which wages are exempt from ACT
payroll tax vi
isit
www.revenue.act.gov.au/duties-and-taxes/payroll-tax/exempt-wages-and-payments

STATE APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
ACT Travel and accommodation
allowance assistance
Some Australian Apprenticeships qualifications
are
not delivered by any ACT Registered
Training Organisation (RTO) and Australian
Apprentices must travel
interstate to undertake
their off-the-job
training. This is usually delivered
in
blocks of time rather than the usual one day
per week and is called
Interstate Training
(Block Release).
Eligible Australian Apprentices
are
entitled to a contribution towards the cost
of travel and accommodation
to assist them to
attend off-the-job
training interstate.
For more
information visit
www.det.act.gov.au/training/individuals/
apprenticeships_and_traineeships

Mentoring support MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centres
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.

STATE EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
QUEENSLAND Payroll Tax exemptions

The Office of State Revenue offers an incentive rebate to encourage employers to keep or increase their employment of apprentice and trainees. Wages paid to apprentices and new entrant trainees are generally exempt from payroll tax. Visit www.osr.qld.gov.au for more information.

Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge

Eligible employers can receive an incentive of up to $6,000 for each additional apprentice pledged, employed and retained. Paid in two instalments:
$4,000 paid in October 2015 and
$2,000 paid in October 2016.
Qualifying period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.
Read full details here.

School to Trade Pathway Incentive

Under the School to Trade Pathway incentive, private and public sector employers may be eligible for a $5,000 bonus payment if they commence a school-based apprentice (not a trainee), on or after 1 July 2013, which is then converted to a full time arrangement. For more information visit www.training.qld.gov.au.

STATE APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
QUEENSLAND Travel and accommodation
assistance
Apprentices and trainees (not including school-
based) may be eligible for travel and
accommodation assistance where they are
required to travel at least 100 kms (return trip)
to attend training at the closest RTO to their
residence. For more information visit
www.apprenticeshipsinfo.qld.gov.au
Registered Trade Skills Pathway Construction Pilot Program

The program is aimed at assisting non-qualified workers in a number of construction trades to build on their existing skills, knowledge and experience to gain a trade qualification. It enables individuals over the age of 21 to undertake training and a work-based trade skills pathway that best suits their particular situation.

The pilot program is for Queensland labourers and assistants currently working in bricklaying, carpentry, painting, plastering or tiling trades.

For more information visit: www.training.qld.gov.au

Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates.

Year 12 graduates can access fee-free training for Certificate III apprenticeships or traineeships in high priority areas from January 2014 under the Real Opportunities Action Plan.

Follow this link for more information: http://www.training.qld.gov.au/
individuals/subsidised-training-incentives
/fee-free/index.html

Mentoring support MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centres
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.

STATE EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
SOUTH AUSTRALIA WorkCover exemption

Employers may be entitled to a WorkCover remuneration exemption for apprentices and/or trainees whom they employ. Arrangements for the exemption were recently amended so that:
Trainees who commenced an approved training contract before 23 May 2013 will continue to be exempt during their existing training contract.
Trainees who commenced after 30 June 2013 will not be exempt unless they are eligible trainees of a registered South Australian Group Training Organisation.
There are no changes for apprentices, who will continue to be exempt. Visit
http://www.workcover.com/employer/premium/premium-information/list/apprentice-and-trainee-remuneration-exemption
 for more information.

Critical Skills Investment Program

The Program aims to increase the number of skilled workers in South Australia by providing employers of apprentices and trainees with a payment of up to $4,000 for each apprenticeship and traineeship completion in a qualification that is of strategic importance to the State. For more information visit http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/apprenticeships-traineeships/employing-an-apprentice-or-trainee/incentives-for-employers.

STATE APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
SOUTH AUSTRALIA Accommodation and Travel Allowance Accommodation and travel allowance
may be available to apprentices and trainees
who reside in a nonmetropolitan area if they must travel a round trip in excess of 150 kms to the venue of the closest RTO able to deliver the training.
More information is available at
www.training.sa.gov.au

Mentoring support MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centres
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.

STATE EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
VICTORIA WorkCover exemption

Some apprentice/trainee remuneration is exempt from WorkCover Insurance. Further details are available at http://www.vwa.vic.gov.au/insurance-and-premiums/contractors-and-workers/apprentices-and-trainees.

STATE APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
VICTORIA Accommodation allowance

Apprentices and new entrant trainees may be entitled to an accommodation allowance if they are attending TAFE or a private RTO on consecutive days and the location of the RTO is remote from where they usually live. For further information contact the RTO delivering the training.

Apprentice Travel Allowance Scheme

From 1 March 2014 regional apprentices who are required to attend block release training at a registered training organisation away from their home may be eligible to claim the Apprenticeship Travel Allowance. Further information is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/training/learners
/apprentices/Pages/finance.aspx.

Apprenticeship Support Officers (ASO)

Mentoring support, provided by ASOs, is available for first year apprentices aged 15 to 24. More information is available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/training/learners/apprentices/Pages/officers.aspx.

Funding for vocational training for school students Students enrolled in a school and undertaking a school based apprenticeship or traineeship can be eligible to access subsidised vocational training under the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG).
For more information visit http://www.education.vic.gov.au/training
/learners/vet/pages/funding.aspx
Mentoring support MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centres are able to provide mentoring support  to eligible apprentices. Contact your local Consultant for more information.

STATE EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS

WESTERN
AUSTRALIA

Payroll Tax exemptions

Find full details on
www.finance.wa.gov.au

Construction Training Fund

The Construction Training Fund supports employers to train apprentices in a range of construction trades in WA.
If you employ an apprentice through direct indenture or a group training scheme, the Construction Training Fund can provide grants of up to $21,000 to help reduce the cost of training.
The Construction Training Fund Direct Indenture Program supports businesses and/or subcontractors who are the employers of an apprentice for the duration of a training contract registered with the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Further information is available at: https://bcitf.org/funding-support/apprenticeships
.

STATE APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
WESTERN
AUSTRALIA
Mentoring support MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centres
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.
Travel and Accommodation Allowance

Apprentices and trainees undertaking
training funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development may be eligible
to access travel and/or
accommodation
allowances.
There is a minimum round
trip distance
which must be travelled
to claim
assistance.
Find full details on http://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/
employeesandstudents/apprenticentre
/existingapprentices/allowancesandincentives
/Pages/default.aspx

STATE EMPLOYER BENEFIT DETAILS
TASMANIA Employment Incentive Scheme Payroll Tax Rebate (EISPR4)

EISPR4 provides payroll tax relief for employers to help create additional employment in Tasmania. Rebates for eligible positions will be available for wages paid to additional employees between1 July 2014 and 30 June 2016. Positions can be full-time or part-time, provided they are maintained from the creation date until 30 June 2016. These include apprentice and trainee positions.

Visit www.sro.tas.gov.au for further information.

STATE APPRENTICE /TRAINEE BENEFIT DETAILS
TASMANIA Accommodation and Travelling Allowances

Travel and accommodation allowances
are payable to apprentices and trainees
who are required to travel either within
Tasmania or interstate to attend
structured training.
More information is available at
www.skills.tas.gov.au/apprenticeshipstraineeships/
incentives/allowances

Tasmanian Jobs Programme 2014

Additional one-off employment incentive of $3,250 at the end of 26 weeks for each eligible participant employed in an ongoing full time position. Job seekers must have been resident of Tasmania for at least the last six months, registered with a Job Services Australia or Disability Employment Services provider and in receipt of an eligible income support payment for at least six months before the job commences. Further information is available at: http://employment.gov.au/tasmanian-jobs-programme.

Mentoring support MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centres
are able to provide mentoring support
to eligible apprentices. Contact your
local Consultant for more information.

The information above is valid as at 22 October 2014.

 Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

 

Please call your local MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 13 MEGT (13 6348)

Make a time for one of our Consultants to visit your workplace to determine your eligibility for government incentives. This is an Australian government funded service. MEGT's Australian Apprenticeships Centre assists you with all the processes required in employing an apprentice or trainee, providing advice on training options and assisting with Training Contract signup and lodgements.

 MEGT makes apprenticeships, traineeships and training happen. 

 

 

 

MEGT (Australia) Ltd trading as MEGT is an Australian Apprenticeships Centre contracted to the Australian Government through the Department of Industry to provide Australian Apprenticeships Support Services to employers and Australian Apprentices. MEGT is one of a number of Australian Apprenticeships Centres. This website does not represent the Australian Government. If you wish to access information about Australian Apprenticeships from the Australian Government, please call 13 38 73 or  visit  the website: http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/ 

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program Guidelines and Appendices may be viewed on the Department of Industry website.
Australian Apprenticeships are an Australian Government initiative.