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 $21,542 (for 2020-21) in total and are paid monthly in arrears.
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Apprentices will not have to repay the loans until they are earning an income above the compulsory repayment threshold ($46,620 for 2020-21). 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.
The Trade Support Loans program is governed by the Trade Support Loans Act 2014, as well as two legislative instruments.
Repayments of Trade Support Loans
People who move overseas and have a Trade Support Loan debt are obliged to make compulsory repayments on their loan if their Australian and foreign-sourced income is above the income threshold.
People with a Trade Support Loan debt who leave Australia and intend to be overseas for more than six months, or who have already been overseas for six months, will be required to notify the Australian Taxation Office of their new contact details by simply creating a myGov account, linking to ATO online services and selecting 'update your details'.
People who move overseas will need to use their ATO online account to lodge an assessment of their worldwide income. Further information is available from the Australian Tax Office website.
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.
The Trade Support Loan Guidelines provide an overview of the program and outline the operational and administrative framework for implementing Trade Support Loans.