Australian Apprentice – Employer Incentives

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Australian Apprentice – Employer Incentives

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides employers with incentives to employ an apprentice.

Application detail: Applications may be made at any time.

What do you get? – Funding of between $750 and $4000.

Who is this for? Employers of apprentices.


The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides:

  • a range of financial incentives to Australian employers to offer apprenticeship opportunities
  • a living away from home allowance (LAFHA) to apprentices who need to move away from their parent’s home to take up or retain an Australian apprenticeship

The incentive payments are based on a skills shortage list of trades as well as a set of high priority occupations.

The incentive payments to employers are based on the apprenticeship certificate level completed. The majority of incentive payments are one-off and paid annually at the end of the year. Payments range from $750 to $4000, depending on the incentive. Payments to offer apprenticeship opportunities to apprentices with a disability are paid weekly.

The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is a weekly payment to the apprentice that starts at $77.17 each week in the first year of the apprenticeship and reduces to $25 each week in the third year.

Free advice and support is available to both employers and apprentices through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • employ an Australian apprentice at Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level
  • have a training contract with your apprentice

Each incentive payment has a set of criteria which need to be met in order to receive the payment.

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at:   Contact information – 13 38 73