Support for providers

Find workforce initiatives for early childhood education and care providers.

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Support a job seeker into the workforce

The Launch into Work program can help you identify and prepare job seekers with the right values and attributes for entry-level roles in early childhood.

Services with multiple entry-level vacancies can work with us to co-design and deliver a pre-employment project for job seekers.

These projects include training, work experience and mentoring to help job seekers move into sustainable employment in your business.

Learn more about the Launch into Work program.

Find job seekers in your region

The Local Jobs Program focuses on upskilling, reskilling and establishing employment pathways for job seekers in 51 regions.

Employment facilitators are available to work with you to develop employment and training opportunities in your region.

See a list of employment regions and facilitators.

Learn more about the Local Jobs Program.

Get help filling entry-level roles

The Workforce Contact Centre can help you fill entry level positions. 

They can work with you to:

  • advertise vacancies on the department’s Jobs Hub
  • help you advertise on the jobactive jobs board
  • connect you with employment services or Apprenticeship Network providers in your area
  • provide information and connections to government programs such as:
    • wage subsidies
    • work experience 
    • subsidised accredited training
  • develop and apply new ways of recruiting.

To get in touch, email workforce@dese.gov.au.

Exhibit at a Jobs Fair

The Australian Government hosts Jobs Fairs across the country to help employers find suitable staff. Jobs Fairs are a free face-to-face event.

Exhibiting at a Jobs Fair is a great way to:

  • promote job opportunities directly to job seekers in your local area
  • connect with employment service providers.

Learn about exhibiting at a local Jobs Fair near you.

Wage support for apprentices and trainees

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy supports employers to engage new and recommencing apprentices and trainees.

The program closes to new entrants on 30 June 2022.

Eligible employers who engage an apprentice or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 30 June 2022 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50% of gross wages (up to $7,000 per quarter) for 12 months.

Employers who take part in the program may be eligible for the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees that progress to a second or third year of training.

Learn more about Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements.

A new Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (AAIS) will commence on 1 July 2022. The program will build on the success of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy and replaces the previous Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

The AAIS will provide a range of incentives to eligible employers. It will be rolled out in two phases:

  • from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024, the AAIS will provide wage subsidies for eligible employers in priority occupations, including early childhood education and care
  • from 1 July 2024, employers in priority occupations will be supported through a hiring incentive.

Learn more about the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System.