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 Incentives System, and for those apprentices and trainees themselves.
Following the introduction of the Incentives System from 1 July 2022, employers claiming incentives for an apprentice or trainee who commenced before 1 July 2022 will continue to be supported under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program click here for more information.
Northern Territory Government Employer Incentive Program
Regional and Remote Skills Development
From 1 December 2022, businesses based in regional or remote parts* of the Territory can receive a $3,000 employer incentive for every new apprentice or trainee they take on.
- *The Employer must be located in a Regional or Remote location as per the User Choice Funding Locality Listing Delivery allowance for VET funded programs | NT.GOV.AU
- $3,000 is paid to the Employer at the 6 month point after the Employer has confirmed the apprentice or trainee remains employed by the business.
- The incentive is limited to 10 places per Employer.
- The incentive is limited to 500 places in Regional and Remote NT.
- All qualifications are included.
- Eligible for both part-time and full-time arrangements.
Australian Government Employer Incentives
Priority Wage Subsidy
The Priority Wage subsidy is for employers of new or recommencing Australian Apprentices undertaking a Certificate III or higher qualification in a Priority Occupation on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List. Under this measure employers who commence or recommence their Australian Apprentice between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2024 may be eligible for a subsidy of 10 per cent of wages for first- and second-year apprentices (up to $1,500 per quarter) and 5 per cent of wages for the third year apprentices (up to $750 per quarter). To get more information please click here. To see if you may be eligible please call (08) 8935 8200.
The Hiring Incentive is for employers of new or recommencing Australian Apprentices undertaking a Certificate II or higher-level qualification in an occupation that is not on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List or in a Certificate II qualification in an occupation on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List. Under this measure employers who have commenced or recommenced their Australian Apprenticeship between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2024 may be eligible for an incentive of $3,500 paid in two equal six monthly instalments ($1,750 each). To get more information please click here. To see if you may be eligible please call (08) 8935 8200.
Australian Government Australian Apprentice Incentives
Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment
The Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment is direct financial assistance for Australian Apprentices undertaking a Certificate III or higher qualification in a Priority Occupation on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List to support them to complete their training. Under this measure Australian Apprentices may be eligible for $1,250 every six months over the first two years of the Australian Apprenticeship (up to $5,000 in total). To get more information please click here. To see if you may be eligible please call (08) 8935 8200.
Living Away From Home Allowance (LAHFA)
The Living Away From Home Allowance is for Australian Apprentices undertaking a Certificate II or higher level qualification may be eligible for the Living Away From Home Allowance if they have to move away from their parental/guardian home for the first time to commence or remain in an Australian Apprenticeship, or are homeless. To get more information please click here. To see if you may be eligible please call (08) 8935 8200.
Trade Support Loans
Australian Apprentices may be eligible to receive financial support to assist with everyday costs while they undertake their training. Australian Apprentices may be eligible to receive a TSL loan up to $22,890 (2022-23) over the course of the Australian Apprenticeship. 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.
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.
Off the job Tutorial Mentor and Interpreter Assistance
Assistance for Tutorial, Mentor and Interpreter Services is available to Registered Training Organisations to support Australian Apprentices with disability who are experiencing difficulty with the off-the-job component of their Australian Apprenticeship because of their disability.
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.
Boosting and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy Claims Information
Claim application availability in the Apprenticeships Data Management System (ADMS)
To support employers to collate all the wage evidence that must be attached to their wage subsidy claim application and update their Single Touch Payroll data, the Department will release claim applications approximately 15 calendar days after the claim period closes. This will also give Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers time to update any changed employer information (i.e. employer email and other contact details) in ADMS before the claim application is generated, reducing the chance of incorrect information delaying the processing and payment of claims.
When will my claim application be available?
Boosting and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy claim for the period 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022 will be available in ADMS from 15 July 2022.