Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive (the incentive) provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee and who have lodged the training contract for registration on or after 1 July 2019.

The aim of the incentive is to increase apprenticeship and traineeship commencements by providing employers with assistance to meet the costs of employing an apprentice or trainee.

The incentive is aligned with the State Government's Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity plan to create 150,000 extra jobs in Western Australia by 2023-24. For more information about Our Priorities please visit the WA Government's Our Priorities website.

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Who is eligible to access the incentive?

The incentive is available to employers who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee and who have lodged the training contract for registration on or after 1 July 2019. 

Employers who are eligible to access the incentive are:

  • employers of new entrant trainees;
  • employers of apprentices below the payroll tax threshold (currently at $850,000 per annum);
  • group training organisations;
  • Local Government and Government Trading Enterprises; and
  • not-for profit organisations.

Employers who are not eligible for the incentive are:

  • employers of existing worker trainees;
  • State and Commonwealth Government agencies;
  • employers of apprentices and trainees who live outside of Western Australia; and
  • employers who are eligible to receive incentive payments for their apprentice or trainee from the Construction Training Fund (CTF).

Employers may be eligible for a partial payment if:

  • they are employing apprentices and their liability for payroll tax changes during the training contract; or
  • their eligibility to receive Construction Training Fund incentive changes during the period of the training contract.

How much will an eligible employer receive?

The incentive amount is based on the nominal term of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

The nominal term of each apprenticeship and traineeship is listed on the Register of Class A and B qualifications.

To be eligible for the incentive, a training contract must be registered with the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office

Eligible employers can receive an additional loading payment where the apprenticeship/traineeship maps to an occupation on the State Priority Occupation List. Search the list of apprenticeships that attract this loading.

Find out more about incentive payments in our Employer Incentive - Incentive payments fact sheet.

When can employers claim incentive payments?

Employers can claim incentive payments after the achievement of each of the following milestones.

Apprenticeships

  • At the commencement of the apprenticeship;
  • At the mid-point of the nominal duration of an apprenticeship; and
  • On completion of the apprenticeship.

Traineeships

  • At the commencement of the traineeship; and
  • On completion of the traineeship.

Further information is available in our Employer Incentive – Incentive payments fact sheet and our Employer Incentive – How to claim fact sheet.

How do employers apply to access the incentive?

Applications to access the incentive must be made through the Western Australian Apprenticeships Management System (WAAMS) online client portal.

Information about eligibility and estimated entitlements for each milestone payment will also be made available through WAAMS.

Find out more about applying for the incentive in our Employer Incentive – How to apply fact sheet.

Further information

If you have a query that has not been covered by the information provided here, please call 13 19 54 or submit an enquiry using the online form.