Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements

From 30 June 2022, the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) Program will close to new entrants.

The BAC and CAC wage subsidies were time-limited interventions that have supported businesses and Group Training Organisations to take on new apprentices and trainees during the economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

To be eligible for the BAC and CAC wage subsidies, the apprentice must have a commencement date between 5 October 2020 and 30 June 2022. Eligibility will be determined against the commencement date recorded in the approved Training Contract.

Employers that meet eligibility criteria for the BAC and CAC will still be eligible to claim up to 36 months of support through these programs.

To meet the requirements of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP) Guidelines:

  • BAC and CAC wage subsidy claims for wages paid from 5 October 2020 to 31 December 2021 must be submitted to your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider for processing by 30 June 2022. Claims submitted after this date will be subject to review and may not be paid.
  • BAC and CAC wage subsidy claims for wages paid from 1 January 2022 can be accessed in the Department’s Apprenticeships Data Management System and must be submitted by 31 December 2023.

From 1 July 2022, the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (Incentives System) will support a more inclusive and sustainable economy, ensuring Australians receive quality training while in paid employment. The Incentives System will help get apprentices working in secure jobs that are in demand, filling skills shortages. It will help increase completions, providing financial and non-financial support at the time the apprentice needs it the most.

For further information on the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives System, including information on eligibility, visit the Australian Apprenticeships website or contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.