Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements

To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to all eligible employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice.

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy supports businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees, to build a pipeline of skilled workers to support sustained economic recovery.

Through the wage subsidy, any business or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 June 2022 may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter.

After 12 months of this support employers will be eligible to transition to the time-limited Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) wage subsidy for the second and third years of an apprenticeship. Under the CAC, eligible employers will receive a 10 per cent wage subsidy in the second year of an eligible apprenticeship, up to a maximum of $1,500 per quarter per apprentice, and a 5 per cent wage subsidy in the third year of their apprenticeship, to a maximum of $750 per quarter per apprentice.

The BAC and CAC are available to employers of any size, industry or geographic location.

Employers are encouraged to submit claims as soon as possible after the relevant claim period opens.

From 1 July 2022, the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System will begin to provide support to employers and Australian Apprentices.

For more information read the Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements fact sheet.

For further information on how to apply for the wage subsidy, including information on eligibility, visit the Australian Apprenticeships website or contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

Additional information

Additional information regarding the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy – including maximum payment amounts – is provided in the Boosting Apprenticeships Questions and Answers factsheet.

Information for Employers regarding Single Touch Payroll is provided in the Single Touch Payroll Factsheet.