Financial incentives for employers

The Federal Government has announced a range of employer incentives in response to the impacts of COVID-19.

These incentives are designed to encourage both the onboarding and retention of apprentices and trainees.

The subsidies include (depending on eligibility):

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC):
Subsidy of 50% of wages for any business or Group Training Organisation (GTO) employed on or after October 5th 2020 until 30 June 2022. Find out more information here

Businesses may be eligible for a range of other financial incentives from the Australian Government when they take on an eligible Australian apprentice. When we sign up your apprentice or trainee, we'll check your eligibility and can also help when it comes time to claim. 

What's available?

Depending on your eligibility, you may be able to claim:

  • $4,000* per apprentice or trainee in Standard Incentives, plus potentially
  • $4,000* per apprentice aged 21 and over undertaking a Certificate III or IV on the National Skills Needs List^, plus potentially
  • $4,000 per apprentice in an area of Additional Identified Skills Shortage†
  • $3,000* per apprentice undertaking Certificate II in Declared Drought Areas, plus potentially
  • $1,500* per 45 years or older apprentice, plus potentially
  • $1,500* per Australian School-based Apprentice, plus potentially
  • $1,000* per apprentice in a Rural or Regional area undertaking a Certificate III or IV on the National Skills Needs List^ 

To find out more about these incentives and eligibility criteria, get in touch with us or click the link below.


*Eligibility criteria apply for each of these incentives. MEGT is contracted to the Australian Government to provide you with free assistance in assessing your business for eligibility for incentives and helping you with the processes and procedures involved. This information is current as at 1 July 2019.

^The National Skills Needs List identifies traditional trades that are identified as experiencing a national skills shortage. The full list can be found here. 

†The Additional Identified Skills Shortage list identifies additional industry sectors experiencing a national skills shortage. The full list can be found here.

Claiming employer incentives is easier than you might think

If you're eligible for incentives, a Claim SmartForm will be emailed to you close to the claim due date. Head to our Claim SmartForms page by clicking here.

You may also be eligible for the following Government financial incentives and assistance depending on your State:

  • 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 or download our fact sheet 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 and for more information.

    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 or download our fact sheet for more information.

  • Queensland

    Payroll Tax exemptions

    The Office of State Revenue offers an incentive rebate to encourage employers to keep or increase their employment of apprentices and trainees. Wages paid to apprentices and new entrant trainees are generally exempt from payroll tax.

    Visit for more information.

    Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative

    Community organisations with not-for-profit objectives, in partnership with Registered Training Organisations with Pre-Qualified Supplier (PQS) status, will be able to apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland.

    These programmes are designed to create opportunities for eligible job seekers who are under-utilised or under-employed, as well as building the skills of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, mature-aged job seekers and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    Visit for more information.

  • Tasmania

    Employment Incentive Scheme Payroll Tax Rebate (EISPR4)

    EISPR4 provides payroll tax relief for employers in eligible industry sectors to help create additional employment in Tasmania. These include apprentice and trainee positions.

    Visit or download our fact sheet for more information.

  • Victoria

    WorkCover exemption

    Some apprentice/trainee remuneration is exempt from WorkCover Insurance.

    Visit or download our fact sheet for more information.

  • Western Australia

    Payroll Tax exemptions

    Visit for more information.

    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.

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    Employer Incentive Scheme

    Through the WA Employer Incentive Scheme (EIS), you could be eligible for up to $8,500 for apprentices and up to $4,250 for new entrant trainees signed up on or after 1 July 2019. Visit this page or download our fact sheet for more information.

The important stuff you need to know

Payment of incentives and personal benefits is subject to employers and Australian Apprentices satisfying eligibility criteria as set out in the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme Guidelines.

These incentives can change from time to time and eligibility criteria apply in order to receive them. MEGT Apprenticeship Network Provider 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 Apprenticeship Network Provider as it is a Government funded service.

In addition to the Federal Government incentives and benefits, State Governments focusing 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 Apprenticeship Network Provider staff will advise you of funding for which you may be eligible.