Apprenticeships and traineeships

An Australian Apprenticeship – that is an apprenticeship or traineeship – is a great way to get a head start in a chosen career or to retrain for the career you have always wanted. For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.

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An Australian Apprenticeship provides a nationally recognised qualification and on-the-job experience. It combines time at work with training and can be completed full-time, part-time or while you are still at school.

Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age regardless of their level of education. You can be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers.

Australian Apprenticeships are available in variety of qualifications levels in more than 500 occupations across Australia, in traditional trades, as well as a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry.

Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for information on how apprenticeships and traineeships work and the support available for apprentices, trainees and employers.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

The Australian Government delivers targeted support to Australian Apprentices and their employers through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

For more information visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides a number of incentives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage.

For further information on the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program please visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Program guidelines

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program Guidelines

Appendices to program guidelines:


Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices

The Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices program will provide intensive support to over 40,000 Australian Apprentices in the first two years of training to improve completion rates and support the supply of skilled workers in industries undergoing structural change. The program complements the existing In-Training Support services available under the Australian Apprenticeships Support Network Program.

For more information on the Industry Specialist Mentoring program please visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Program guidelines

ISMAA Program Guidelines

Trade Support Loans

To support Australian Apprentices to meet everyday costs while they undertake their training, eligible apprentices will be able to apply for Trade Support Loans. These loans provide up to $21,078 worth of income contingent loans and are paid monthly in arrears.

Apprentices will not have to repay the loans until they are earning an income above the minimum repayment threshold ($45,880 for 2019-20). In order to maintain the real value of the loans, the loan amount will be indexed according to the Consumer Price Index.

Apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship will receive a 20% discount on their loan amount.

Program Guidelines

Trade Support Loan Guidelines


The Trade Support Loans programme is governed by the Trade Support Loans Act 2014, as well as two legislative instruments.

Priority occupations and qualifications

The following lists, in line with paragraph 5 and 6 of the Trade Support Loans Priority List 2014, provide the occupations and qualifications for which skilled persons are a priority. Australian Apprentices undertaking training in one of these qualifications may be eligible to receive Trade Support Loans.