Incentives to employ and train

Employment incentives

Financial incentives are provided by the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments to help businesses with the cost of taking on a new employee, apprentice or trainee.

Multiple incentives can apply, so please contact the agency providing the incentive or a Jobs and Skills Centre to discuss your situation.
 

 

Apprentices and trainees

The following incentives are available to eligible employers of apprentices and trainees.
 

    Group Training Organisation Wage Subsidy

    The new Group Training Organisation (GTO) Wage Subsidy has been introduced in response to a $32.4 million State Government election, to assist small to medium enterprises (SMEs) who are engaged in government project work in the building and construction sector across WA.

    The GTO Wage Subsidy provides SMEs with access to 300 new apprentices and trainees – 150 places in 2022, and a further 150 places in 2023 – by covering the average estimated award wage paid to apprentices and trainees. The subsidy does not cover superannuation, leave and other allowances, overtime, or over-Award payments.

    For detailed information about the GTO Wage Subsidy, please view the following documents. 
     

    New! Group Training Organisation Wage Subsidy

    Benefits for SMEs and employers

    SMEs will  be able to engage with a GTO to become a host employer for apprentices and trainees, and build the workforce they need for building and construction projects, giving them all the benefits of having an apprentice or trainee without being the actual employer.  

    The following WA GTOs have been allocated places in the 2022 program for the GTO Wage Subsidy. Contact these GTOs to find out more about the qualifications and regions they have been allocated, and how you can work together to engage an apprentice or trainee to support your current or upcoming government project work.

    GTO Contact
    ABN Group 08 9200 4500
    abngroup.com.au
    ATC Work Smart 1300 443 331
    atcworksmart.com.au
    Directions Workforce Solutions 08 9274 8502
    directionswa.com.au
    Electrical Group Training (EGT) 08 6241 6100
    egt.net.au
    Group Training South West
    (The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Company)
    1800 627 188
    atcemployment.com.au
    GTO Contact
    Housing Industry Association
    (HIA Apprentices)
    1300 650 620
    hia.com.au
    MEGT 13 63 48
    megt.com.au
    MPA Skills 08 9471 6600
    mpaskills.com.au
    Skill Hire 08 9376 2800
    skillhire.com.au

     

    Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders

    Community Development Program (CDP)

    The Commonwealth Government provides eligible employers operating in remote Australia, with subsidies and retention bonuses to create new ongoing jobs for Community Development Program participants. 

    For more information, visit niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/employment/cdp or call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68.

    Construction training Fund (CTF)

    The Western Australian Construction Training Fund (CTF) provides grants for employers to take on an apprentice or trainee in a range of construction occupations. Eligible employers receive a base grant of between $3,000 and $10,000 depending on the occupation and term of indenture.

    In addition to the base grant, CTF offers supplementary amounts for eligible apprentices in regional areas, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age (21 or over at commencement) or who have successfully completed a recognised pre-apprenticeship or the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Trades Pathway) qualification as part of a Western Australian Certificate of Education program during full time enrolment in a Western Australian secondary school.

    Pre-apprenticeship/Certificate II graduates must be employed in a recognised trade within twelve months of completing the qualification, prior to payment of the bonus to an employer.

    For more information, visit ctf.wa.gov.au/industry/funding-support/

    Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

    The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

    Eligible employers receive a base payment, and may also be entitled to an additional loading payment for apprenticeships and traineeships aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), apprentices and trainees who:

    • are undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in a State priority occupation;
    • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
    • have a disability;
    • live in regional WA; and/or
    • are aged between 21—30 years of age (apprentices only).

    For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive

    Wage subsidies

    Wage subsidies are a financial incentive employment service providers can offer to eligible employers to encourage them to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs, by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage subsidies can help to build a business and give employers flexibility in their hiring options.

    Indigenous Australians are eligible immediately on commencement in employment services, excluding Digital Services.

    Participants aged 24 years and under may be eligible to Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. YBWS offers employers up to a set amount of $10,000. Participants aged 25 years and older may be eligible for the Workforce Australia Services Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. Under a Workforce Australia Services Wage Subsidy (WASWS) providers have the flexibility to offer an employer up to a maximum of $10,000.

    For more information call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15. Information is also available at:

    Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (AAIS)

    From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024, the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System will provide broad support to the economy through wage subsidies for eligible employers who engage apprentices or trainees in priority occupations, or as a hiring incentive for eligible employers of apprentices or trainees who are not engaged in a priority occupation. 

    Employers may also be eligible for additional support to provide assistance to their apprentices or trainees who have a disability, through the Disability Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) scheme.

    The AAIS also offers direct assistance to eligible apprentices and trainees through the Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment, the Trades Support Loans Program, and a Living Away From Home Allowance.

    For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives.

    Construction Training Fund (CTF)

    The Western Australian Construction Training Fund (CTF) provides grants for employers to take on an apprentice or trainee in a range of construction occupations. Eligible employers receive a base grant of between $3,000 and $10,000 depending on the occupation and term of indenture.

    In addition to the base grant, CTF offers supplementary amounts for:

    • eligible apprentices in regional WA;
    • women;
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders;
    • mature age (21 or over at commencement); or
    • who have successfully completed a recognised pre-apprenticeship or the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Trades Pathway) qualification as part of a Western Australian Certificate of Education program during full time enrolment in a Western Australian secondary school.

    Pre-apprenticeship/Certificate II graduates must be employed in a recognised trade within twelve months of completing the qualification, prior to payment of the bonus to an employer.

    For more information, visit ctf.wa.gov.au/industry/funding-support.

    Defence Industry Existing Worker Incentive (DIEWI)

    WA's defence industry employers may be eligible for the new Defence Industry Existing Worker Incentive (DIEWI) — a State Government initiative that provides financial assistance of up to $6,375 to upskill your trade or semiskilled workers through an existing worker traineeship (EWT), and equip them with digital and technical capabilities to meet the demands of Industry 4.0 and technological advances  across the industry. 

    Full details on DIEWI can be found on our Defence page

    Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

    The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

    Eligible employers receive a base payment, and may also be entitled to an additional loading payment for apprentices and trainees who:

    • are undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in a State priority occupation;
    • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
    • have a disability;
    • are living in regional WA; and/or
    • are aged between 21—30 years (apprentices only).

    For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive.

    Payroll Tax Exemption

    The Western Australian State Government provides a payroll tax exemption on wages paid to apprentices under a registered training contract and eligible trainees with a training contract registered prior to 1 July 2019.

    For more information, visit wa.gov.au/government/publications/payroll-guide

    Travel and accommodation allowance (TAA)

    The WA State government assists apprentices and trainees with travel and accommodation related to the completion of their off the job training component.

    For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/about-us#travel-and-accommodation-allowance-policy

    Wage subsidies

    Wage subsidies are a financial incentive employment service providers can offer to eligible employers to encourage them to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs, by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage subsidies can help to build a business and give employers flexibility in their hiring options.

    Indigenous Australians are eligible immediately on commencement in employment services, excluding Digital Services. Participants aged 24 years and under may be eligible to a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. YBWS offers employers up to a set amount of $10,000.

    Participants aged 25 years and older may be eligible for the Workforce Australia Services Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. Under an WASWS, providers have the flexibility to offer an employer up to a maximum of $10,000

    For more information,  call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15 or visit workforceaustralia.gov.au/businesses/help/financial-support/wage-subsidies or dewr.gov.au/wage-subsidies.

    Western Australian Group Training Program (WAGTP) Incentive

    The Western Australian group training program (WAGTP) is available to group training organisations (GTO) registered in WA. It provides incentive funding, as outlined in the table below, for GTOs to employ apprentices and trainees in priority target groups and support them through to completion. The State priority target groups of apprentices and trainees to be supported include:

    • Aboriginal Australians;
    • people with disability;
    • women in non-traditional trades;
    • school based apprentices and trainees; and
    • people in remote and regional areas.

    To be eligible for WAGTP funding, GTOs must:

    • be registered to operate in WA as a GTO;
    • be compliant with the National Standards for Group Training Organisations; and
    • place their apprentices/trainees with host employers through a formal agreement.

    Registered GTOs are invited to participate in the WAGTP in May/June each year through a call for applications. The 2021—22 targeted state priority groups and funding incentives for achievements in each of the groups are as follows.

    Priority
    group
    Commencement of
    training contract
    Mid term
    (apprentices)
    Completion of
    training contract
    Other approved
    outcomes
    Aboriginal $1,800 $1,000 $600 $600
    Aboriginal student at risk $1,000
    Year 12: $1,000
    NA $500 $500
    Person with disability $1,800 $1,000 $600 $600
    Women in non-traditional trades $1,200 $1,000 $400 $400
    School-based $1,200 NA $400 $400
    Regional $240 $200 $80 $80
    Remote $1,400 $500 $500 $500

     

    For further information about WAGTP, please email WAGTP@dtwd.wa.gov.au


    Hiring staff

    Community Development Program

    Through the Commonwealth Government’s remote employment development service, eligible employers operating in remote Australia can access subsidies and retention bonuses to create new ongoing jobs for CDP participants.

    For more information, visit niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/employment/cdp or call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68.

    Wage subsidies

    Wage subsidies are a financial incentive employment service providers can offer to eligible employers to encourage them to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs, by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage subsidies can help to build a business and give employers flexibility in their hiring options.

    Indigenous Australians are eligible immediately on commencement in employment services, excluding Digital Services. Participants aged 24 years and under may be eligible to a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. YBWS offers employers up to a set amount of $10,000.

    Participants aged 25 years and older may be eligible for the Workforce Australia Services Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. Under an WASWS, providers have the flexibility to offer an employer up to a maximum of $10,000

    For more information,  call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15 or visit workforceaustralia.gov.au/businesses/help/financial-support/wage-subsidies or dewr.gov.au/wage-subsidies.


    Mature age

    Wage subsidies

    Wage subsidies are a financial incentive employment service providers can offer to eligible employers to encourage them to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs, by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage subsidies can help to build a business and give employers flexibility in their hiring options.

    Indigenous Australians are eligible immediately on commencement in employment services, excluding Digital Services. Participants aged 24 years and under may be eligible to a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. YBWS offers employers up to a set amount of $10,000.

    Participants aged 25 years and older may be eligible for the Workforce Australia Services Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. Under an WASWS, providers have the flexibility to offer an employer up to a maximum of $10,000

    For more information,  call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15 or visit workforceaustralia.gov.au/businesses/help/financial-support/wage-subsidies or dewr.gov.au/wage-subsidies.


    People with disability

    Assistance for Australian apprentices with disability

    The Commonwealth Government provides assistance to support Australian apprentices with disability, including the Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS), which is paid to employers, and assistance for tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for apprentices. DAAWS is also available to employers who employ Australian apprentices who become disabled during their apprenticeship.

    For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

    Employment Assistance Fund

    The Commonwealth Government’s Employment Assistance Fund gives financial help to eligible people with disability and mental health conditions and employers to buy work related modifications, equipment, Auslan services and workplace assistance and support services. It is available to eligible people about to start a job, who are self-employed or currently working. It is also available to eligible people who need Auslan assistance or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.

    For more information, visit jobaccess.gov.au/employment-assistance-fund-eaf or call JobAccess on 1800 464 800.

    Wage subsidies

    Wage subsidies are a financial incentive employment service providers can offer to eligible employers to encourage them to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs, by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage subsidies can help to build a business and give employers flexibility in their hiring options.

    Indigenous Australians are eligible immediately on commencement in employment services, excluding Digital Services. Participants aged 24 years and under may be eligible to a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. YBWS offers employers up to a set amount of $10,000.

    Participants aged 25 years and older may be eligible for the Workforce Australia Services Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. Under an WASWS, providers have the flexibility to offer an employer up to a maximum of $10,000

    For more information,  call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15 or visit workforceaustralia.gov.au/businesses/help/financial-support/wage-subsidies or dewr.gov.au/wage-subsidies.


    Youth

    Transition to Work Program

    The Commonwealth Government’s Transition to Work program assists 15-24 year olds who left school early, or who are having difficulty finding a job after school.

    This program can help young people into work, apprenticeships or traineeships, or education.

    For more information visit workforceaustralia.gov.au/individuals/coaching/assistance/transition-to-work.

    Wage subsidies

    Wage subsidies are a financial incentive employment service providers can offer to eligible employers to encourage them to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs, by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage subsidies can help to build a business and give employers flexibility in their hiring options.

    Indigenous Australians are eligible immediately on commencement in employment services, excluding Digital Services. Participants aged 24 years and under may be eligible to a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. YBWS offers employers up to a set amount of $10,000.

    Participants aged 25 years and older may be eligible for the Workforce Australia Services Subsidy after certain periods of servicing. Under an WASWS, providers have the flexibility to offer an employer up to a maximum of $10,000

    For more information,  call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15 or visit workforceaustralia.gov.au/businesses/help/financial-support/wage-subsidies or dewr.gov.au/wage-subsidies.