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.
 

 

Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders

COVID-19 Stimulus - support for apprentices, trainees and businesses

The WA State Government, and Commonwealth Government, have announced new financial stimulus package measures to assist businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information page.

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. Additional loadings are available for eligible apprentices in regional areas, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, mature age (21 or over at commencement) and if the apprentice/trainee has completed a CTF approved pre-apprenticeship at school or through full-time post-school training. A trade bonus is also available for some qualifications.

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. Additional loading payments are available for apprenticeships and traineeships aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), apprentices and trainees who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, who have a disability, live in specified regional or remote locations and mature age apprentices (21‑30 years).

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive#i-who-is-eligible-to-access-the-incentive

National Work Experience Program

The Commonwealth Government provides an incentive payment to eligible businesses who host a National Work Experience candidate (17 years or older) and then offers the participant ongoing employment after the placement. 

For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/employerinfo/national-work-experience-programme

Pre-traineeships - Aged care and disability

The Western Australian State government pre-apprenticeship incentive provides up to $500 per student to cover supervision costs, paid via the Registered Training Organisation. For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/skilling-australians/the-pre-traineeships-program

Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEGs)

This Commonwealth Government initiative has three streams of funding:

  • Employment – support for job seekers to address barriers to recruitment and improve retention in the workplace, and support for employers to engage and retain job seekers into ongoing jobs, including post-placement support.
  • School-based traineeships – support for secondary students to gain work experience and prepare for post-school transition into further study or employment.
  • Cadetships – support for university students to receive paid work-placement opportunities during the course of their study.

For more information, visit niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/employment/tailored-assistance-employment-grants

Wage subsidies

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.

Apprentices and trainees

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

Group Training Organisation Wage Subsidy

The Group Training Organisation Wage Subsidy (GWS) will provide financial assistance to group training organisations (GTOs) to create 300 new jobs for apprentices and trainees in the building and construction sector – 150 places in 2022, and a further 150 places in 2023 – by covering approximately the average wage paid to apprentices and trainees.

New! Group Training Organisation Wage Subsidy

The GWS has been introduced in response to a State Government election commitment, to assist small to medium enterprises (SMEs) who are engaged in tendering for government projects across WA. SMEs will be able to engage with a GTO to become a host employer for apprentices and trainees, and build the workforce they need to work on government projects in the building and construction industry, giving them all the benefits of having an apprentice or trainee without being the actual employer.

The GWS commences on 1 January 2022, with an allocation of 150 places in the 2022 calendar year and a further 150 places in 2023. 

For full details about the GWS, please view the following documents. 
 

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. 

More information for employers about how GTOs can help your business is available here 

 

Adult Apprenticeship Employer Incentive (AAEI)

This incentive of up to $26,800 is for WA businesses who employ an adult-age (21 years and over) apprentice and commence the training contract on or after 1 July 2021.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive

The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive (the reengagement incentive) was a $15.8 million commitment by the State Government, to assist employers to reengage apprentices and trainees who had been displaced due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reengagement incentive concluded on 30 June 2022. Employers will no longer be assessed for eligibility for the program as of 1 July 2022;  however, employers who were assessed as eligible prior to the 30 June 2022 will still be able to claim incentive payments when the milestone payment point is reached (please refer to the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive fact sheet for further information).

Further information, including a fact sheet, is available on our Support for employers of apprentices and trainees page

Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment

The Commonwealth Government’s Additional Identified Skills Shortage (AISS) payment is available to eligible apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019 and their employers, in ten occupations experiencing national skills shortages.

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

Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial (rural and regional apprentices)

The Commonwealth Government’s Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial aims to support apprenticeships in skills need occupations in rural and regional areas and encourage participation by employers who have not previously engaged apprentices, as well as re-engaging employers who may have disengaged from the system.

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. Additional loadings are available for eligible apprentices in regional areas, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, mature age (21 or over at commencement) and if the apprentice/trainee has completed a CTF approved pre-apprenticeship at school or through full-time post-school training. A trade bonus is also available for some qualifications.

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

COVID-19 Stimulus - support for apprentices, trainees and businesses

The WA State Government, and Commonwealth Government, have announced new financial stimulus package measures to assist businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information 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. Additional loading payments are available for apprenticeships and traineeships aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), apprentices and trainees who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, who have a disability, live in specified regional or remote locations and mature age apprentices (21‑30 years).

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive#i-who-is-eligible-to-access-the-incentive

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

Pre-traineeships - Aged care and disability

The Western Australian State government pre-apprenticeship incentive provides up to $500 per student to cover supervision costs, paid via the Registered Training Organisation. For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/skilling-australians/the-pre-traineeships-program

Training 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

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.

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

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.


Mature age

Restart program and wage subsidies

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.


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

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.


Youth

National Work Experience Program

The Commonwealth Government provides an incentive payment to eligible businesses who host a National Work Experience candidate (17 years or older) and then offers the participant ongoing employment after the placement. 

For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/employerinfo/national-work-experience-programme

Youth Jobs PaTH

The Commonwealth Government Path (Prepare, Trial, Hire) program supports businesses to trail young people (17-24) in the workplace and offers financial incentives when they hire. For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/path/resources