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Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy & Incentives

It’s never been easier to register an apprentice or trainee. Discover which government-funded wage subsidies and apprenticeship incentives you may be eligible to receive for hiring an apprentice or trainee in your business.

Ready to access incentives to support to your business? We’re here to help!


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Employer Incentives for Apprentices and Trainees

To provide more pathways into employment, the Australian government is providing a number of apprenticeship incentives for employers to increase apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities across Australia.

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships are contracted to deliver Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) services, to help employers confirm eligibility and access suitable apprenticeship incentives.  Our team of local industry consultants will simplify the process and ensure all incentives are processed as a priority.

There are a variety of Federal Government and State Government incentives available for employers.  

Once your apprentice’s training contract has been approved, you can track your claims progress and payments through our online Employer Portal.

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) & Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) Wage Subsidies

National apprentice subsidies and incentives for employers

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy is worth up to $28,000 over a 12 month period. It is designed to finance 50% of your apprentice or trainee’s wages to the maximum amount of $7000 per quarter. This subsidy is available for apprentice or trainee commencements up until 31 March 2022.

After 12 months of BAC support, employers will be eligible to transition to the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) wage subsidy for the second and third years of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Under the CAC, eligible employers will receive a 10% wage subsidy in the 2nd year of an eligible apprenticeship (capped at $1,500 per quarter), and a 5% wage subsidy in the 3rd year of the eligible apprenticeship (capped at $750 per quarter).


Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Program

Various incentives from $750 to $4000 are available for eligible employers across a range of pathways, including the National Skills Needs List, Priority and Non-Priority occupations.


Employment Assistance Fund

The Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) provides employers with financial assistance to fund workplace modifications to support trainees or apprentices with a disability.


Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment

Eligible employers in 10 occupations identified as having a skills shortage can receive $4,000 of payments over the duration of the apprenticeship. Additional payments for eligible Australian apprentices are also available.


Support for Adult Australian Apprentices

Receive $4000 for eligible adult or mature aged Australian apprentices who successfully complete 12 months of training in an occupation identified on the National Skills Needs List. Eligibility also requires that apprentices have been paid at, or above, the national minimum wage in place at the start of their apprenticeship.


Assistance for Australian Apprentices with a Disability


Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) is available for employers who sign up, or currently employ, eligible apprentices with a disability. Additional services include tutorial, interpreter and mentoring to support apprentices with off-the-job training. 


Support for Apprentices and Trainees

Trade Support Loan

Your apprentice or trainee may be eligible for a Trade Support Loan (TSL) to help them with expenses while completing their qualification.

Visit our Apprentice Incentives page for more information about this and other subsidies your apprentice or trainee may be eligible to receive.


Brickstart Subsidy

The Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) is offering eligible employers up to $1,000 per year for the first 3 years an apprentice successfully completing each stage of their training with the nominated Registered Training Organisation.



State-based apprentice subsidies and incentives for employers

Employers of apprentices and trainees in Queensland may be eligible for:

  • Back to Work Program - one-off incentive payments of up to $20,000 for recruiting eligible unemployed jobseekers in regional Queensland
  • Contribution to the cost of training for priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications:
    • Free apprenticeships for under 25s
    • User Choice
  • Apprentice Discount - insurance discounts on workers’ compensation premium for apprentices
  • Payroll Tax rebate - full exemptions for all wages paid to registered apprentices and new worker trainees. A 50% wage rebate is also available for apprentice and trainee wages exempt from payroll tax

New South Wales

State-based apprentice subsidies and incentives for employers

For NSW, employer incentives for apprentices include:

  • Reduced Workers’ Compensation Insurance premiums
  • Payroll tax rebates
  • Free help through Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS) to connect employers with apprentices and trainees who have recently lost their job


State-based apprentice subsidies and incentives for employers

In Victoria, employers may be eligible to receive:

  • Payroll tax exemption for wages paid to re-employed apprentices and trainees.
  • Reduced WorkCover premiums for eligible apprenticeships and traineeships


State-based apprentice subsidies and incentives for employers

ACT employers who employ a 1st year Australian apprentice in certain Certificate III trades may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 in incentives.

This incentive is currently only available during 2021.



Contact the team at Sarina Russo Apprenticeships to discover which trainee and apprentice subsidy incentives your business may be eligible to receive.  

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Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy

The Australian Government has announced it is extending the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy to support more employers and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees before 31 March 2022.

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