Support for Adult Australian Apprentices

The eligibility for this $4,000 incentive has been expanded.

Prior to 1 July 2019, the SAAA payment was limited to employers who engaged an eligible apprentice aged 25 or over. 

Eligible employers will now be financially supported to take on an apprentice aged 21 or over.

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

The JSWA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee, and who have lodged their training contract for registration, on or after 1 July 2019.

Incentive payments are determined by the nominal term of the apprenticeship or traineeship with up to $8,500 available for a 4-year apprenticeship.

Additional loadings provide higher payments for training that is identified as a State priority or training for priority groups. 

And there may be additional loadings available for:

  • Regional areas
  • Employees with disability
  • Priority occupations
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
  • Apprentices aged between 21 and 30

NEW SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYERS TO TAKE ON APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES

Putting on an apprentice or trainee has never been easier - with new incentives announced and 
Apprenticeship Support Australia
here 
to help you all the way

NEW INCENTIVES SUMMARY

From 1 July 2019, there are new incentives for eligible employers.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

STATE GOVERNMENT

There is now an additional $4,000 in incentives for employers in these occupations currently experiencing national skill shortages.

Identified Skills Shortage Payments

  • Carpenters and Joiners
  • Plumbers
  • Hairdressers
  • Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
  • Bricklayers and Stonemasons
  • Plasterers
  • Bakers and Pastrycooks
  • Vehicle Painters
  • Wall and Floor Tilers
  • Arborists

Call Apprenticeship Support Australia 1300 363 831
or complete this form and we'll contact you

APPRENTICESHIP SUPPORT AUSTRALIA

Here to help you navigate the system

Our services include:

  • No cost workplace assessments to identify appropriate training options for your staff and unbiased advice on Registered Training Organisation options 
  • Assistance with completion of the National Training Contract and ongoing contract management 
  • Government financial incentive eligibility assessments 
  • Unlimited access to our Mentoring and Advisory Hotline and personalised mentoring services 
  • Employer networking events and industry updates

Apprenticeship Support Australia, powered by CCIWA, is contracted to deliver Australian Apprenticeship Support Network services on behalf of the Federal Government.

Our team of experts support employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices and trainees. Operating from 14 locations throughout metropolitan and regional WA - we can assist you no matter where you are located.

Free support and advice for employers, apprentices, trainees and job seekers

With these new and expanded incentives,
eligible employers could receive over $20,000* 
in State and Federal Government incentives.

Now is a great time to recruit a new apprentice or trainee.

* Important Notes
The amount of Apprenticeship or Trainee incentive and eligibility are subject to terms and conditions. 

Chambers Apprenticeship Support Australia Limited trading as Apprenticeship Support Australia is a service provider contracted by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Education and Training to provide support services to prospective and current employers and Australian Apprentices. Apprenticeship Support Australia is one of a number of Network Providers in Western Australia. This website does not represent the Australian Government. Visit Australian Apprenticeships for more information.

THE APPRENTICESHIP SUPPORT AUSTRALIA DIFFERENCE

REGIONAL COVERAGE

We have the largest regional coverage in WA - 14 staff at 13 regional locations. No matter where you are located, we can visit in-person to discuss your training needs, complete sign-ups and make progress visits. 

We process our contracts and incentives here in WA, not in the Eastern States, allowing us to deal with any queries in WST.

LOCAL PROCESSING

CLAIMS SUPPORT

Our dedicated Claims team will go above and beyond to make sure every client understands how to get their eligible incentives paid in a timely manner.

MENTORING HOTLINE

We offer a mentoring hotline and provide in-person mentoring to assist clients through any tough times.

MINIMAL CONTRACT REJECTIONS

Our team provide expert, thorough and ethical advice, ensuring minimal training contract rejections from the Apprenticeship Office.

We hold employer focused events to share information, provide networking opportunities and recognise the great outcomes our clients are achieving through training.

FREE EVENTS

POLICY AND ADVOCACY

Backed by the CCIWA, we advocate for training policy; support community events, schools and job expos; and promote positive training outcomes achieved by employers through a range of media.

ADDITIONAL RURAL AND REGIONAL INCENTIVES - LIMITED PLACEMENTS

In a bid to further reduce youth unemployment levels the Australian Government has announced the commencement of Phase 2 of the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy program after the successful Phase 1 trial of this program.  

The program aims to address current and future skills shortages across the trades sector by incentivising employers in rural and regional areas to take on apprentices in their business.

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy provides support in the first three years of an Australian Apprenticeship as follows: 

  • 75 per cent of the first year award wage
  • 50 per cent of the second year award wage
  • 25 per cent of the third year award wage

These additional incentives for rural and regional employers are limited. 
Don't wait, find out if you're eligible today!

Wage Subsidy - Phase 2

Backed by the CCIWA, we advocate for training policy; support community events, schools and job expos; and promote positive training outcomes achieved by employers through a range of media.

POLICY AND ADVOCACY

CHANGES TO (BAC) WAGE SUBSIDY GUIDELINES - EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 28, 2020

$7,000 per quarter wage subsidy for NEW apprentices

The Federal Government has announced a $1.2 billion measure to boost apprenticeship and traineeship commencements across Australia. 

  • Employers of all sizes, in all industries that take on an apprentice or trainee on or after October 5 2020, may be eligible to access the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy, if not in receipt of Job Keeper or equivalent wage subsidy.

  • Employers will be able to access a 50 per cent wage subsidy for their apprentice/trainee’s gross wage paid between October 5, 2020, and September 30, 2021.

  • The subsidy will be paid in arrears in January, April, July, and October 2021 for the prior quarter. Appropriate payslip evidence is required.

  • There is no limit on the number of apprentices or trainees an employer can take on, however, the program is capped at 100,000 places. We anticipate that these places will be exhausted in the first quarter of 2021. 

  • There is also an approved list of trade-based qualifications that can be undertaken by existing worker apprentices and trainees that can also secure a Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy place. 
More about incentives and funding supportAccess your apprentice toolkit

View our in-depth video covering the financial support currently available to employers to skill their workforces through apprentices and trainees.

LIMITED SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE

There are only 100,000 Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement subsidies available. 

We've seen some companies taking up thousands of places at a time - so it will be important that you act fast.

We'll keep this count updated so you can check in with the current allocation left.

Updated December 8, 2020

BOOSTING APPRENTICESHIP SUBSIDIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

57,595

Backed by CCIWA – Apprenticeship Support Australia delivers free Australian Apprenticeship Support Network services to employers, job seekers, students, apprentices and trainees.

Our team of experts will support you to take on apprentices and trainees in your workforces to build local skills.

See our full suite of services

APPRENTICESHIP SUPPORT AUSTRALIA

HELP FINDING AN APPRENTICE OR TRAINEE

Apprenticeship Support Australia offers dedicated recruitment support - free of charge:

  • Targeted advertising of your job vacancy roles on our Jobs Board, Social Media and to our Job Seeker Register
  • Screening of candidates for Job Readiness and Literacy and Numeracy levels 
  • A Shortlisting Service to make getting to interviews a simple process 

We also have a live and active out-of-trade register for those employers looking to re-engage an apprentice or trainee. 

Screened job seekers looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship in WA

REGISTERED ASA JOB SEEKERS

15,453

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The Federal Government have announced that changes to the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) Wage Subsidy guidelines will come into effect on October 28, 2020.

The BAC Wage Subsidy will continue to be available to employers that are:

  • Putting on trade-based apprentices and trainees (with a list of qualifications that meet this definition to be provided over the coming days) 
  • Putting on non-trade-based trainees that meet the new worker definition (i.e. have been employed for less than 3 months full time or less than 12 months part-time or casual prior to commencing the qualification)

Regarding Existing Worker non-trade-based qualifications (traineeships) there is now cap of 30 BAC places per employer (ABN) where they meet the following criteria:

  • A casual staff member moving to a full-time employment position and undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship 
  • A casual staff member moving to part-time employment position and undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • A part-time staff member moving to a full-time position to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship

All Existing Worker Contracts that have a commencement date between October 5, and October 27, will be honoured and will not impact on an employer's 30 EW Cap.

NEW BOOSTING APPRENTICESHIP COMMENCEMENTS WAGE SUBSIDY