New Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive now available!

Supporting WA businesses to employ a new apprentice or trainee

The new Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is now available, effective from 1 July 2019. The incentive aims to increase the number of apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in Western Australia, which will contribute to the State Government's target of 150,000 additional jobs in WA by 2023-24. by providing financial support to WA employers to assist with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

Employers that have lodged a training contract for registration on or after July 1, 2019, will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. Additional loadings will increase the payment for regional areas, employees with disability, priority occupations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and apprentices aged between 21 to 30 years. It is estimated this scheme will extend State Government support to nearly 6,000 businesses across the State..

The incentive will be funded through the redirection of payroll tax, to remove the remaining payroll tax exemption for trainees. The payroll tax exemption for apprentices will be retained.

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is an initiative under the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund, which also includes an Enterprise Training Program and a Pre-traineeship Program aimed at the Social Assistance and Allied Health sector. Further information about these programs will soon be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s website.

"We are proud to introduce the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive, as it will support real training for real jobs.” Premier Mark McGowan said. "This incentive will help the State create thousands of new opportunities for apprentices and trainees while ensuring we are ahead of the game when it comes to skilling Western Australians."

 Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive will give more young people the opportunity to become an apprentice or trainee and gain the skills and experience they need to perform highly specialised, technical and complex jobs. The incentive will provide employers with the trained staff they require to run and grow their businesses, boosting WA's economy."

Further information about the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is available at

Read the full media statement here