Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) Wage Subsidy

The Australian Government is extending wage support for employers into the second and third year of an eligible Australian apprenticeship or traineeship through the new Completing Apprenticeship Commencements program.

What is the support to employers?

Eligible employers in receipt of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy (see below BAC incentive information) will have support extended for the second and third year of a BAC supported apprenticeship through the new Completing Apprenticeship Commencements program. This will give employers the confidence to retain their apprentice or trainee right through to completion, providing them with a rewarding career path into the future, while tackling the nation’s skills shortage.

Under Completing Apprenticeship Commencements, eligible employers will receive a wage subsidy of 10% of wages paid to an eligible apprentice or trainee in the second year of their apprenticeship, to a maximum of $1,500 per quarter per apprentice. In the third year, eligible employers will also receive a wage subsidy of 5% of wages paid to an eligible apprentice or trainee to a maximum of $750 per quarter per apprentice.

I’m interested in hearing more, what do I do next?

Our team at GTNT Group Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is here to support you with navigating the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy. If you’d like more information, please contact us on 08 8935 8200 and one of our friendly team members will be in touch.

Financial Incentives from the Australian and Northern Territory Governments

The Australian Government and Northern Territory Government provide access to a variety of financial incentives for local businesses who take on an apprentice or trainee through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program, and for those apprentices and trainees themselves. You can see what current financial assistance is currently available below:

Australian Government Employer Incentives

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy

This wage subsidy will support businesses to take on 100,000 new apprentices and trainees. Under this measure employers who engage an Australian Apprentice on or after 5 October 2020 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent of wages paid to an apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter. Please call (08) 8935 8200 to find out if you may be eligible.  

Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment

The Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment is available to eligible apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019 and their employers, in ten occupations experiencing national skills shortages. For an apprentice and their employer to be eligible for the AISS payment, the apprentice must be new to the employer, commencing a Certificate III or IV level qualification on or after 1 July 2019 leading to one of ten occupations. Existing workers and their employers are not eligible for the AISS payment. To see if you may be eligible please click here or call (08) 8935 8200. 

Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) incentive

This incentive aims to encourage up-skilling adult workers through Australian Apprenticeships. To see if you may be eligible to attract SAAA payments where your Australian Apprentice meets the eligibility requirements, please click here or call (08) 8935 8200.

Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS)

The Australian Government provides additional support to Australian Apprentices with disability through the Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS). DAAWS is payable to employers who employ apprentices who meet the eligibility criteria and is also available to employers whose apprentice becomes disabled during their apprenticeship. To get more information please click here. To see if you may be eligible please call (08) 8935 8200.

Australian Government Apprentice Incentives

Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment 

The Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment is available to eligible apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019 and their employers, in ten occupations experiencing national skills shortages. To get more information please click here. To see if you may be eligible please call (08) 8935 8200.

Trade Support Loans

Trade Support Loans (TSLs) are available to eligible apprentices to assist with everyday costs while completing your apprenticeship. You can receive up to $21,542 over the life of the apprenticeship (lifetime limit in 2020-21). The year of your apprenticeship determines the amount you may receive. There is no waiting period to claim. To get more information please click here. To see if you may be eligible please call(08) 8935 8200.

Living Away from Home Allowance

The Living Away from Home Allowance (LAFHA) is an allowance for eligible apprentices during the first three years of training. To get more information please click here. To see if you may be eligible please call (08) 8935 8200.

Assistance for Australian Apprentices with disability

The Australian Government provides additional support to Australian Apprentices with disability through assistance for tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for apprentices. Tutorial, interpreter and mentor services are available for eligible apprentices who need extra assistance with their off-the-job training.

Apprentices must be experiencing difficulty with off-the-job training because of that disability. Registered Training Organisations who provide these services are able to attract financial aid. This payment is NOT made to Australian Apprentices. To see if you may be eligible please call (08) 8935 8200.

Northern Territory Government Incentives 

Workwear & Gear Bonus

If you're a first-year apprentice or trainee in the Northern Territory, you may be eligible to receive either $300 or $1,000 in funding to buy workwear and equipment. Find out more by clicking here.

Travel and Accommodation Assistance

Get more information about funding for apprentices or trainees in the Northern Territory who need to travel more than 50km to attend training at a registered training organisation (RTO). Find out more by clicking here.