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 list identifies occupations classified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as either Technicians and Trades Workers or Community and Personal Service Workers, that were included on the Skills Priority List published by the National Skills Commission on 30 June 2021.
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.
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
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
Carpenter and Joiner
Child Care Worker
Civil Engineering Draftsperson
Civil Engineering Technician
Diesel Motor Mechanic
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
Electrical Engineering Technician
Electrical Lines worker
Electrician (Special Class)
Fitter and Turner
Metal Casting Trades Worker
Metal Machinist (First Class)
Motor Mechanic (General)
Nursing Support Worker
Painting Trades Worker
Personal Care Assistant
Sheetmetal Trades Worker
Small Engine Mechanic
Technical Cable Jointer
Telecommunications Cable Jointer
Telecommunications Lines worker
Wall and Floor Tiler
Welder (First Class)