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Apprenticeships Priority List

Apprenticeships Priority List

If your business operates in one of the trades listed on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List you may be eligible to receive financial assistance to take on an apprentice or trainee or up-skill current staff.

The Australian Apprenticeships Priority List identifies traditional trades that are identified as experiencing a national skills shortage. The list is based on detailed labour market research and analysis and replaces the former National Skills Needs List.

Under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives System, an Australian Apprentice undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List may be eligible to attract additional incentives.

The 2024 list identifies occupations classified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as experiencing skills shortages. In 2024, 19 new occupations were added. Download the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List (PDF). 

An Australian Apprentice undertaking a qualification at either Certificate III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level leading to an occupation on the Priority List may be eligible for an Apprentice Training Support Payment of up to $5,000 (full time equivalent) paid in instalments over the first two years of their Australian Apprenticeship. 

Eligible apprentices and trainees can also apply for an Australian Apprentice Support Loan (formerly known as Trades Support Loan). You can borrow just a small amount over a few months or receive payments over the four years of your apprenticeship, up to the lifetime limit of $24,492. On completion of your apprenticeship or traineeship, you will also receive a 20% discount on the loan.

Employers of Australian Apprentices in Priority List occupations may be eligible for a Priority Wage Subsidy, set at 10 per cent of the apprentice’s wages for the first and second year, up to a maximum of $1,500 per quarter, and 5 per cent of the apprentice’s wages in the third year, up to a maximum of $750 per quarter (full time equivalent).

Employers of Australian Apprentices in occupations not on the Priority List may be eligible for a Hiring Incentive of up to a maximum of $3,500 (full time equivalent) in the first year of an Australian Apprenticeship.

Trades on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List:

Aged or Disabled Carer

Agricultural and Agritech Technician

Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)

Ambulance Officer

Animal Husbandry Technician

Aquaculture or Fisheries Technician


Architectural Draftsperson

Automotive Electrician


Beauty Therapist

Boat Builder and Repairer


Building Inspector

Butcher or Smallgoods Maker


Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)


Carpenter and Joiner


Child Care Worker

Civil Engineering Draftsperson

Civil Engineering Technician

Construction Estimator


Dental Prosthetist

Dental Technician

Diesel Motor Mechanic

Earth Science Technician

Electrical Linesworker/Electrical Line Mechanic

Engineering Draftsperson

Diversional Therapist


Electrician (General)

Electrician (Special Class)

Electronic Equipment Trades Worker

Electronic Instruments Trades Worker (Special Class)


Engineering Patternmaker

Enrolled Nurse


Fire Protection Equipment Technician

Fire Protection Plumber

Fitter (General)

Fitter and Turner


Flight Attendant

Floor Finisher

Furniture Finisher

Furniture Maker



Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker

Gymnastics Coach or Instructor


Horse Trainer

Irrigation Designer

Irrigation Technician


Landscape Gardener

Light Technician


Meat Inspector

Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

Metal Casting Trades Worker

Metal Fabricator

Metal Machinist (First Class)

Metallurgical or Materials Technician

Mine Deputy


Nursing Support Worker

Optical Mechanic

Motor Mechanic (General)

Motorcycle Mechanic

Out of School Hours Care Worker


Panel beater


Personal Care Assistant

Pharmacy Technician

Picture Framer

Plasterer (Wall and Ceiling)

Plastics Technician

Plumber (General)

Pressure Welder

Print Finisher

Renderer (Solid Plasterer)

Residential Care Officer

Roof Plumber

Roof Tiler

Screen Printer

Security Officer

Senior Piggery Stockperson

Sheetmetal Trades Worker



Small Engine Mechanic

Sound Technician


Swimming Coach or Instructor

Technical Cable Jointer

Technicians and Trades Workers nec

Telecommunications Cable Jointer

Telecommunications Lines worker/ Telecommunications Line Mechanic

Telecommunications Technician


Tour Guide

Travel Consultant

Tree Worker


Vehicle Body Builder

Vehicle Painter

Vehicle Trimmer

Veterinary Nurse

Wall and Floor Tiler

Welder (First Class)

Wood Machinist

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